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American Third Parties

The Alternate Option

 During the 2016 election, many voters were displeased with the presidential options we were given from the Democratic and Republican parties. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump both were problematic candidates. Many Democrats preferred Bernie Sanders over Clinton, and so chose not to vote, and many Republicans saw Donald Trump as foolish and not a true Republican.

 These circumstances left a variety of people looking for a third choice. Enter, the Libertarian, and Green parties. Both of these parties had an increase in votes from the 2012 election, and I expect the vote number to rise even more in the 2020 election.

The Libertarian Party

 The Libertarian Party, is currently being led by former New Mexico Governor, Gary Johnson. Johnson is certainly an experienced candidate. He served from 1995 to 2003 as governor and ran for President throughout the 2012 and 2016 elections. In the 2012 election, Johnson held 1.2 million votes, which equates to just under 1 percent of all votes. In 2016 however, he gained 3.2 million new votes, or about 3 percent of the vote.

 The Libertarian Party is fiscally conservative and socially progressive. They believe large in personal freedoms and small government. They believe in lower taxes and Laissez-faire capitalism. They are for marijuana legalization, and LGBT rights. They are for net neutrality, believing that the government should have no place regulating the Internet.

 The problem with the Libertarian Party is Gary Johnson's interview skills. He has failed to remember what Aleppo is ( A key city in the Syrian Civil War), told a reporter that he was getting "A little too into the roots" when talking about tax policies, and had a weird moment where he stuck his tongue at a reporter, although this has been speculated to have been a tactic to get the media talking about him.

The Green Party

The Green Party, is led by activist Jill Stein. She ran for President in 2012 and 2016, and she ran for the governorship of Mass. in 2002 and 2010. She is also a physician. The Green Party always has less of a showing in elections than the Libertarian Party. In 2012 she only received 469,627 votes. In 2016 She gained about 1 million votes, which is certainly more, but only makes up about 1 percent of all votes.

 The Green Party is an anti-capitalist, Eco-socialist, party. They support Medicare for all, Puerto Rican independence, and the abolition of all student debt.

 Jill Stein has faced criticism many times. She has said that she is not aware of studies linking immunizations to Autism, instead of denying that there is a link, and during a town hall, she told a
9/11 theorizer that she did not believe that we had the full story on the tragic event, and would reopen an investigation.


 The Presidential Debates exclude third parties because the Commission for Presidential Debates is co-ran by both the Democratic and Republican Parties. They both agree that a party needs 15% of support in polls to be able to participate. The reason why this number is so high is that both parties would not like to see the third parties rise in popularity, and then take votes away from the two main parties. 

The Future

 I predict, that in the near future, we will see a third party candidate rise to the notoriety of the Democratic and Republican parties. It has been done before with Ross Perot in 1992 and will happen again in the future. 



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