“How can you vote third party? You’re just throwing your vote away!!!”
“If you don’t vote for [my candidate], then you’re basically casting a vote for [the other candidate]!!!”
And… Not true.
Both of these arguments spring from a lie: the lie that the United States of America runs on a two-party system. It doesn’t. The Republican and Democratic parties are the big ones, but there are many other parties, including the Libertarians, the Green Party, the Constitution Party, and just good ol’ registered Independents, to name a few!
Every time you pretend there are only two parties, however, you only feed the fat beast that there are only two options, and you make your choosing pool abysmally small.
Now, I was taught young, by people I respect, that you never vote for the person you want to be elected because they will never have a chance of winning. Only vote for the lesser of two better-funded evils. I used to believe this, and morosely adopted this voting posture every time I went to the polls to cast my half-hearted ballot. “He[she]’s not the best option, but what else can I do?”
But then something happened. I moved to England. And I was here when they had a referendum about whether or not to stay in the EU. The people of the UK narrowly voted that they wanted to leave the EU 51.9% to 48.1%. A shaving of 3.9% difference. And what happened? Hundreds of Brits around the country on media, social media, and even around town with whom I spoke personally said, “Yeah, I voted to leave, but I didn’t think it would happen. I just wanted to express my dislike for the way the British government is running things. I didn’t think we’d actually leave. If I could I would change my vote…”
Too late for that, isn’t it?
And this is the lesson I learned that day: Vote for what you want to happen. And if everybody does it, they might get what they want for a change.
The Two-Party System loves the lie that the United States runs on a two party system. They proliferate that lie every chance they get. It keeps them in power. And enough people believe it, that they hardly have to do any work to maintain the lie. They don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat, because as long as you believe the lie you’ll fall into those polarized categories and vote the party line, simply because you can’t abide that one or two other policies of the other party. They stay the fat cats on top.
I’m voting. I believe that is the responsible thing to do as an American. But I cannot support a racist authoritarian, and I will not support a widely-ascented corrupt politician who brazenly supports unregulated late-term abortion. So I have voted for an Independent. If you want to know his name, it’s Evan McMullin, and here is a link to how he could actually win.
Do your research, and if you’re a swing voter in a swing state, think carefully before you vote.
I am voting in a red state, so electorally I probably “threw my vote away.” But actually we need the red states and swing states to vote red so McMullin’s strategy works, and then when it goes to the House we all stand up and say, “Choose Evan McMullin/Mindy Finn! They will make better leaders!”
I do not believe my vote makes me any more or less Christian, or has any impact on my salvation whatsoever. If you believe that, you haven’t read the words of Jesus Christ very accurately, nor do you understand the nature of his Kingdom.
I do not believe “Not voting for Trump, is a vote against Life!” A vote for Trump could very well be a vote for nuclear war, if his big ego gets pricked the right way. What about Life then? Then again, we need people to vote for Trump—now strategically—in swing states and then declare loudly their desire for a real candidate.
I do not even believe that Hillary will bring on the end of the world. I’ve literally heard many of my frustrated evangelical friends using the word “Apocalypse.” I’m sorry. She doesn’t have that kind of authority. Last I checked, only the Lamb Who Was Slain had the authority to open the seven seals, and call forth the Four Horsemen. So we’re safe there. Clinton is under-qualified.
I think Americans should not be lazy voters, but do real research (not just be spoon-fed whatever television, and FB memes tell you). I recommend watching a few interviews with candidates you’re interested in and listen to their attitudes, knowledge, and willingness to discuss reasons behind their positions. Not just listen to them spout party-slogans. I also found www.OnTheIssues.org very helpful in my searches for answers, including people’s voting history (when they have one). I highly recommend it.
Then we pray to the God who holds the universe, and trust in him. We ask him to help our leaders make wise, good choices, and surround them with good advisors. And when appropriate we demonstrate and advocate for what we believe is right (in what I recommend is a legal fashion!).
But most importantly: Vote for what you want to see happen! Because if we all did that, for a change, we might see the change we want to see happen! We might just get what you vote for. So be sure you like your own choice. You might have to live with it.