Dude stop fear mongering. If enough people vote for a third party thank third party will win. Stop trying to scare people into voting for your favorite candidate
You just can’t make this stuff up, folks.
“If enough people vote for a third party thank third party will win.”
Please cite your reliable sources which point to the current possibility indicating that “enough people” intend to vote third party in this election.
While you’re working on that:
I am not fear mongering. I am stating obvious truths about the current state of our presidential election and the US political system.
This has happened before and many of us have lived through it and would like, very much, not to have to do so again.
A relevant excerpt:
Nader and his Green party won merely 3 percent (2,830,900) of the national vote, far below the 5 percent required to receive federal financial support in the future (his principal goal), even less than the support won by Ross Perot as a third-party candidate in 1996 (8 percent) and 1992 (19 percent), and vastly less than the extravagant attention Nader had attracted in the press. Buchanan did far worse, gaining less than half a million votes (.4390), even though he had over $12 million in federal money, inherited from the Reform party previously headed by Perot.
Despite their small numbers, Nader’s and Buchanan’s supporters provided the margin of victory for Bush. If Nader had not been on the ballot, Gore would have carried Florida and all of the other close states easily, giving him a comfortable electoral total of at least 292.  If Buchanan had not been a candidate, the Florida ballot might have been simpler to understand, giving Gore enough votes to win the national election simply by carrying the Sunshine State. Even without Florida, we might speculate–but cannot demonstrate–that an election without Nader would have enabled Gore to campaign in other winnable states (most obviously Tennessee and New Hampshire) and overcome his shortfall of only three electoral votes.
A few good reads regarding third party voting, non-participating, protest voting:
And, as I clearly need to re-state the obvious, the United States of America is a two-party system. At the end of this election cycle, our president will either be Hillary Clinton, or, heaven help us, Donald Trump.
If people want to change the system, then by all means, they should do that. They should get involved in the parties they support via volunteering for local election campaigns and supporting local candidates. They should work toward growing smaller, independent parties to a point where they have an actual foothold in American government and can become viable options for presidential candidates.
Right now, none of these parties are at that point. Right now, none of these parties are running candidates that are even remotely appealing to more than the tiniest fraction of the population. I’d venture that most of those supporters are likely only there because they just “can’t bring themselves to compromise their morals,” which is 100% ridiculous.
Jill Stein is probably about as qualified as Donald Trump to be in this election. I’m not going to bother writing anything new about her because I’ve made a ton of posts already and she’s too ridiculous to waste any more time. Check the tag. I know you won’t.
Gary Johnson didn’t know what Aleppo was until a few weeks ago. He says he supports a women’s right to choose, but he’s to the right of Clinton on abortion, supports parental notification laws, opposes funding for abortion, and supports late term abortion bans. He’s also an originalist in terms of how he chooses to interpret the Constitution. You know who else was an originalist? Antonin Scalia. He’s opposed to gun control, despite recently stating maybe mentally ill people and terrorists shouldn’t have them (you think?), he still tossed in a “If there were law-abiding citizens that were carrying weapons — I’m not saying they would lessen the impact of these horrible atrocities, but maybe, maybe they could.”
I’m just going to quote myself now, because my statement from two months ago still stands:
Work on building up local government seats. Get your numbers up. Get your visibility up. Get into the House. Get into the Senate. Get a Governor elected, man. Stop showing up every four to eight years and acting like you give a shit.
Because that is the problem people have with the Greens (and third parties in general). Where are they right up until a Presidential election, when they suddenly decide to run some spoiler that has no shot at winning, but can ruin the next four to eight years for more than half the country? If the Greens want to be taken seriously, they need to do the hard work of actually organizing and building a solid foundation. The constant attempt to take from the top down is ridiculous.
And for the first-timers, who don’t understand that this has happened before, please, understand: This has happened before. You are not the first, but you can be the last if you try to make a positive change rather than perpetuating the spoiler cycle. You can focus your efforts on organization, lower elections, strong candidates, and growing your party to the point where you’re actually ready to take the larger step. You can make that effort. That would be progressive.
Third party voting, or “protest voting,” especially in this election cycle is an entirely selfish act. There’s no moral high ground there. The people who make that decision are doing nothing to advance the betterment of this country, or their own interests, when the result is contributing to Donald Trump’s victory.
And no, I’m not trying to “scare people into voting for my favorite candidate.”
I’m advocating for the only qualified candidate in this election, who in my opinion, also happens to be an excellent choice.
As well, I have no intention of stopping. As I mentioned last night, if you have an issue with this, you’re welcome to unfollow me.