Each and every election cycle there are people who aren’t thrilled with either candidate put forth by the two political parties, and the debate begins as to whether you should consider a third party candidate. Is it a moral stance or a wasted vote guaranteeing the worst of the two frontrunners wins? With the election only a couple of days away it is time to answer that question and what voting for the lesser of two evils really means.
Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils
There hasn’t been an election in history with two candidates as incredibly unpopular as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The idea of being told to vote for someone you find morally objectionable in order to minimize harm doesn’t sit well with many voters and understandably so. Thus you are left with the moral dilemma of not wanting to endorse a candidate you believe to be morally corrupt, and voting for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.
The Mud Slinging
American politics is unique around the world in its use of negative ads, scandal making and general mudslinging. This election both candidates have had plenty to work with. The Clinton campaign has been plagued by the email scandal for more than two years and with only two weeks before the election the FBI announces yet another investigation, only to retract the statement days before the election to say they will not be investigating. Make no mistake that Donald Trump and the Republican Party jumped on the opportunity to claim there is yet more evidence of Hillary’s corruption. He jumped at the chance to claim Hillary is a liar that should be in jail.
Yet, there is a saying about people and glass houses that applies. The Trump campaign is no shining bastion of American moralism either and they have had their own scandals to apologize for. From the moment he has announced his candidacy Trump has been loud, brash and anything but politically correct. He has split the Republican Party more effectively than any Democrat ever could. Republican leadership have failed to support him and many high profile Republicans, like the Bush Family have thrown their support behind Hillary.
Where Does that Leave You?
Yes there are third party candidates like Jill Stein or Gary Johnson but both sit with less than 5% support and there is some validity to the argument that this is throwing away your vote.
Regardless, someone will be elected on Tuesday and which ever candidate you end up supporting you need to get out and vote.