Since I basically never talk about politics here on this blog, I’m sure I’ve never once mentioned that I’m not voting for Clinton OR for Trump in Election 2016.
Yes, it was several months ago that I decided I am writing in the name of the one person I fully trust to act with this country’s best interests at heart.
Karen M. Peterson
No, I’m not announcing any sort of public campaign or anything. The deadline to be a viable write-in candidate has already passed. Since we all know I would rock this thing if I threw my name in, amiright?
Oh that debate would have been so much fun…
Anyway, I was very firm in my plan to write in my own name. And yes, I am fully aware that doing so is literally a wasted vote.
Recent events, however, have me rethinking this decision and I may have decided to vote for a candidate after all.
What Led Me to this Point
Now, before I get into the logic and thinking behind my choice, I want to recap what led me to this point in the first place:
- I’ve ALWAYS been a Republican. From the beginning. That is, until Donald Trump locked up the Republican Presidential nomination in May, and then I quit immediately.
- When I say I’ve always been a Republican, I mean it. I voted for Dole, Bush (twice), McCain (grudgingly), and Romney (proudly).
- I’ve never trusted the Clintons and I cannot under any circumstances vote for Hillary Clinton.
- I’ve never liked Trump, though I did briefly consider supporting him in the hopes of stopping her. And then reason got the better of me.
One problem with being in the middle is that you get attacked from both sides. On a daily basis I hear:
Trump Supporters: If you vote for a third party or write someone in, you’re voting for Clinton!
Clinton Supporters: If you vote for a third party or write someone in, you’re voting for Trump!
So, essentially, when I’m trying to vote for neither, I’m actually voting for both?
Yeah…that’s not actually how that works.
If I vote for someone else, it’s actually NOT a vote for Trump OR for Clinton. It’s a vote for someone else. True, it’s not going to help Trump OR Clinton. But that’s actually the point. I don’t want to help either of them. If one of them is going to be President, they will do it without my help and without my support.
So now I’m back to who I’m voting for and where my thinking is on this.
There are two candidates I’m now considering. Evan McMullin (Independent) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian).
He seems like a decent human being, which is a refreshing change. I agree with a lot of his positions on things. I like that he chose a woman as his running mate. And not just a woman, but one that seems really awesome, smart, and strong. And I like the idea of someone who is connected to Washington without being beholden to it. He has been part of the intelligence and foreign affairs communities. And if you have been paying attention to what’s really going on in the world, we need someone who understands what’s really at stake in our foreign relations.
There are two things that make me hesitate on throwing my support to him. Neither of them are that big of a deal, but they’re making me think.
First, I really don’t know much about him. He doesn’t have a public voting record because he hasn’t held public office. Not a deal-breaker, but something to keep in mind.
Second, he doesn’t have a realistic chance of winning. However, if he’s a decent person, I should vote for him anyway, for the good of my own conscience.
I will start by saying that I, too, was put off by, “What is a leppo?” Although the foreign leader question didn’t bother me as much because who is there really to admire right now? The pickins are slim.
And I disagree with Gary Johnson about a number of issues.
So why would I consider voting for him?
Money, pure and simple.
Unlike McMullin, Johnson is running on a party ticket. A third party, sure, but an organized political party, nonetheless.
I haven’t aligned myself with the Libertarian Party and am not going to do that any time soon. I was a Republican because they used to be Conservative and have most of the values I do. Which isn’t the case anymore. But I’ve never really loved the party system. ESPECIALLY the two-party system, which a pathetically large number of people believe we have.
There are dozens of organized political parties in the United States. We do not have a two-party system. We just act like we do.
But here’s the thing. Those other parties can’t ever get any traction because they don’t have access to the same types of funds the Democrats and Republicans do. Namely, federal funds.
Did you know that if a third-party gets 5% of the popular vote, they are eligible for federal funds? Yes, the funds are retroactive, to pay off campaign expenses, etc. But that could really help a party to be more active in coming elections and get more traction with voters.
Election 2016…Who’s It Gonna Be?
So…McMullin? Johnson? Peterson?
Who am I voting for?
Honestly, I haven’t quite made up my mind. Do I vote the way the money goes and contribute to blowing up the two-party system? Or do I vote for someone I actually like? Or do I vote for myself just to make a point to the one poll tabulator who will see it and think Who TF is Karen M. Peterson?
I don’t know.