Quick poll: what’s your favorite movie of all time, Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?
Wait, neither of them? I mean, you could vote for another movie, but all of the major media outlets agree that most people are voting for one of those two. Doesn’t it make more sense to vote for the one you hate less, rather than throw your vote away because you like some other movie more?
Okay, you got me, I’m actually talking about politics. Isn’t it even more ridiculous to apply that kind of logic when electing our country’s leader? Our two-party system is broken and manipulative, and that’s never been clearer than now. This is the first presidential election, in my memory, where nobody I know admits to supporting either of the frontrunner candidates. I have friends who “Feel the Bern” and friends who are “Taking a Cruz” (is that a thing? I’m gonna pretend it is), but nobody who’s feeling Hillary or taking a Trump. Even during the primaries, I didn’t hear arguments for why they’d be good candidates—just arguments against splitting the party vote. Someone actually told a friend of mine, “You need to get over your convictions and vote for [candidate].” I think it should be the other way around.
America isn’t red and blue; it’s a whole spectrum of colors. There are pro-life democrats and anti-gun Republicans and even whole other political parties who might have views that are more aligned with your own.Yet we continue to buy into the lie that voting for a third party is “throwing away your vote,” and it’s the fear of that which drives this system. We’re told to pick the “lesser of two evils” because one evil is ostensibly worse than the other, but is it really? If youc believe that your vote matters, then vote for someone you agree with, someone who maybe isn’t evil at all. If you don’t believe your vote matters, then there’s no reason to be afraid o “throwing your vote away.” Get over the pre-approved candidates and vote according to your convictions.
I’ll be wasting my vote come November, and I encourage you to
do the same.