Why Voting Third Party Makes Sense More Than Ever

The two party system has failed

The Democratic Party was founded around 1828. The Republican Party was founded in 1854. And those two parties have dominated American politics for the last 162 or so years. Through the years Americans have witnessed lies, scandal, failed policy, and in some cases even tyranny to some degree, with the two party system. And both Democrats and Republicans have contributed to the failures in the oval office. While arguments can be made about which party is “better”, neither party seems to be loyal to the Constitution.

The truth is that as voters, we have been more loyal to a party than we have to the Constitution. It can be argued that as voters, we have been more loyal to a party than our individual consciences. Instead of voting for a candidate who represents our values and beliefs, we vote for the lesser of two evils. And to be honest, it is getting more and more difficult to tell the difference between the two evils. The current election cycle is a great example of this, as the likely nominees from both parties (Trump and Clinton) do not represent Constitutional ideals.

A competitive Constitutional party is needed

Neither Democrats or Republicans hold themselves to standards higher than their own party. It seems as though the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party view the Constitution as their standard, at least, to a higher degree than Democrats and Republicans. Whether it is the Libertarian party or the Constitution party, we should at least consider voting for a candidate from a party that has a standard higher than itself.

We must realize that no politically established party will be perfect, but we must also be willing to hold those political parties to reasonable standards. The Constitution is the standard that God established for our nation (Romans 13:1). Therefore, our government should be held to that standard as well. When we allow political parties to represent us significantly short of that standard, our government will ultimately fall significantly short as well. We need to remember the importance of selecting men of character for office. “But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.” Exodus 18:21

A third party candidate could win, eventually

We all know that 1% of the popular vote is not nearly enough to even be considered competitive in a Presidential election. And yes, we may not elect a third party candidate this year, but maybe we could in the near future. We need to resist the temptation to believe that a third party candidate cannot win the election, because they won’t get enough votes. You are only in control of your own vote, so stop voting based on polls and media guidelines and starting voting according to your faith.

While it may not seem like a third party candidate has a viable chance to win a Presidential election any time soon, it could be more likely than you may think. Gary Johnson ran for President as the Libertarian Party nominee in 2012, and he received more votes than any other Libertarian nominee in the history of the party. He only received approximately 1% of the popular vote, but it was the most successful outcome for a third party candidate since Ralph Nader finished with almost 3% in 2000. And many Libertarians are expecting a dramatically improved outcome in this year’s election.

What would happen, if individually, we changed our thought process when it comes to voting? What if more and more people started voting their conscience as opposed to party line? We need to be in prayer about who God wants us to vote for, regardless of the outcome. May we never forget the words of John Quincy Adams, when he said…”Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.

 

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