I have seen this phenomenon with Ron Paul and I am seeing it now with Gary Johnson. Heck, I’ve seen it before them. It’s always the same and I can’t stand it… I’m talking about people saying that certain candidates are “un-electable” or have “no electability”.
(I’ll be addressing third party situations in this post, not Ron Paul’s situation within the GOP electorate)
The people who are chosen to bear this title usually have an incredibly strong (but small) foundation of supporters. In many people’s eyes, these candidates are usually better than the mainstream candidates. Typically the main problem is gathering enough funds necessary to create a lot of publicity. Without the funds, their campaigns suffer. Since they are so far away in the polls or some other data, people don’t even think it would be worth showing their support. What’s the point if they’re not even going to be elected, right?
I have a problem with that type of logic. Allow me to explain why…
The thing is, America needs a third party candidate to get into the debates and give the American people another choice. There have been plenty of moments in American history when the two options on the table just weren’t good enough for a decent portion of the population. I believe this year is one of those moments. But how can we possibly get a third party candidate in the debates if everybody thinks he/she will never get popular enough? In fact, usually supporting a third party candidate means that you are giving your opposing party an even greater chance to win. Do you really want to give that person an even better chance of winning??
This tends to be the thought process that plays out for people choosing candidates. Thus, we’re stuck at a difficult quandary. You may want to support a third party candidate, but you just can’t bring yourself to do it because of the potential consequences. Well, I’ve got some news for all of you who want Gary Johnson (or some other third party candidate down the road) to win:
You’re going to have to bite the bullet.
Actually, let me rephrase that:
I’ve got some news for the American people if you’re truly interested in making our debates more reasonable with more candidates…
All of you will have to sacrifice some elections in order to get a third party candidate into the competition.
If you truly believe that a third party candidate is the best choice then I beg you, please vote for that person. There will be absolutely zero change in our system if we just sit on the sidelines to tag along with Romney or Obama. People need to set aside their feelings for the immediate elections and, instead, set their hopes for the elections of our future. In other words, vote for that third party candidate like Gary Johnson if you really do support him over Obama/Romney. Initially the support will be small… It will not remain small. As time goes on there will be more and more people who decide to vote for the candidate that resonates with their beliefs the most, regardless of his/her polling numbers.
We just need a surge of voters large enough to catch everyone’s attention.
The saying “He’ll never be elected, don’t waste your vote!” will be supplanted by something new and better! Maybe it will go something like “Vote for your candidate, he needs you to make a difference!”
And wouldn’t that be something?
So never compromise with your vote. Vote for who resonates with your beliefs. Vote for the man you want to see leading our nation!
There is no other way to vote.