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PostAnother Third-Party Supporter; from Noah Rich (John Eipper, USA, 07/18/16 3:34 pm)
Noah Rich writes:
In response to Richard Hancock and John Eipper's comments (18 July), I'd like to talk some more about Gary Johnson, third-party candidates in general, and why I will be voting third party this election.
I really enjoyed reading what Richard Hancock had to say about Gary Johnson. This Gary Johnson and Bill Weld campaign ad reminds me so much of why I like these two as running mates. They are both qualified and have good records in my eyes. https://youtu.be/LGD8gJt7weU
While I am not totally sold on Libertarianism, because I believe economically it is very idealist and ignores a fair amount of corporate corruption that only something as powerful as federal government could stop, I think Gary Johnson could possibly be the best candidate for president.
I've also taken a look at Jill Stein. And even though I've done less snooping around on Stein than Johnson, she's a good candidate in my eyes. I'm terribly disappointed that Bernie has chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton over Stein (just as disappointed as I am when Ron and Rand Paul both refuse to endorse Johnson).
I know the replies I will get too, "Noah, you do understand that if Bernie divides the party then Donald Trump will win, right?" Yes, yes, yes. This is something I'm all too aware of. However, as much as I dislike the idea of Trump becoming the president of our country, I think the long-term political future of our country is far more important than stopping Clinton or Trump (whichever you dislike more) from getting into office.
This brings me back to Johnson and Stein, and why if you truly believe either one is the best candidate I urge you to vote for them.
One of Johnson's slogans back in 2012 was "Give me 5%." In reference to campaign funding, according to page 96 of the Federal Election Campaign Laws. http://www.fec.gov/law/feca/feca.pdf
"A 'minor party' means, with respect to any presidential election, a political party whose candidate for the office of President in the preceding presidential election received, as the candidate of such party, 5 percent or more but less than 25 percent of the total number of popular votes received by all candidates for such office.
If Johnson or Stein happen to pull 5% of the popular vote, the increase in campaign funding the candidate will have 4 years later will be incredibly higher. From there, 15% is the next target, where candidates will begin to receive a spot on nationally broadcasted debates alongside the Democratic and Republican nominations.
If you ask me, this 5% threshold is the first step towards a future where we will be deciding for a candidate we truly support and can win rather than stuck with picking the lesser of two evils. The excuse to vote "against" a candidate and for the candidate you're unsatisfied with but would rather have instead of "the other guy" will always exist. If you want better options you must vote for better options.
JE comments: When you talk about mainstream government experience, the Johnson-Weld team (two former governors) has more than any of the competition. Makes you think: Libertarianism prior to now was associated with the political fringe. And now the Republicans have picked a candidate with no political experience at all.