In all of my 63 years I do not remember a presidential election like this. I have in the past held my nose and voted for the least objectionable candidate, but I cannot this year.
Our presidential elections have moved steadily to mud slinging and over the top statements. I think we are at the point where you cannot trust either major political party. Yes, there are good points to both candidates, and to both political parties, but I shudder to think of either in office. Both presidential candidates were elected by majorities of their party, but neither party is our country. In poll after poll neither party can claim a majority of voters supporting them, and this may be the year in which it will be hard to find a majority of either Democrats or Republicans who really want to see their own candidate in office. Me, I’m voting none of the above.
Oh yes, I will vote in the presidential election this year, but I will not vote for either of the major parties. There are many who claim I am wasting my vote, but that is a fallacy put forth by the major parties to contain potential third party ascendence. With the current party problems, it’s time we have some new leadership from someone other than the main line parties. It’s happened before, why not again?
Neither of our current political parties can claim they were there at the founding of our country. Thomas Jefferson in 1804 was a Democratic-Republican. The Whig party that provided several early presidents is no longer in existence. It wasn’t until 1829 that Andrew Jackson was elected as a Democrat and in 1860 that Lincoln was elected as a Republican that we developed our current two party system. (The Republican party had not even existed until a few years before Lincoln’s election.) Even then parties with names like “Know-Nothing” and “Bull Moose” continued to capture the countries imagination. Have these two feuding parties been around too long?
Many other countries have working elections with multi-party slates. Usually one or two will dominate, but as time goes on they can and do shift who is in power. It is not any more or less messy than what we have today in the U.S. It may just take a wholesale abandonment of the major parties to wake up our politicians. It seems that most politicians are more out for their own advancement than to help out the country.
So, yes, this year I am voting for a “third’ party candidate, at least it is not someone I have to hold my nose to vote for.