Vote Your Conscience, Not Your Fears: Part One

by Kenny Harvey

In 2016, I voted for every race on the ticket except for President of the United States of America. I could not convince myself to vote for “the lesser of two evils,” and I did not feel there was a viable third option. Four years later, I am still in a corner with two major candidates I cannot fully support. However, this election I have more knowledge and two good reasons to advocate for a third-party candidate: Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Today’s Joe is not the Joe Biden of eight years ago or even four years ago. I could probably get myself to vote for that Joe Biden. Today, he seems to be a shadow of the Vice President we experienced for eight years. His policies are solid Democratic policies, but his delivery and clarity are just not there. Maybe he will prove himself in the debates, but I doubt it.

Donald Trump is a rich, entitled, foul-mouthed, lying, playground bully. And those are his better qualities.

Not to mention, “[m]y f—ing generals are a bunch of pu–ies. They care more about their alliances than they do about trade deals.” Really? Is that how we want a President talking about his high-level employees? And if Trump is supposed to be a “Christian” savior, I expect the language from pulpits on Sunday mornings to take a nosedive to imitate his. Not to forget the fact that, yes, generals should care more about military alliances that supposedly keep us secure than they do about trade deals, 100%.

On Saturday, President Trump Tweeted, “Was Andy McCabe ever forced to pay back the $700,000 illegally given to him and his wife, for his wife’s political campaign, by Crooked Hillary Clinton while Hillary was under FBI investigation, and McCabe was the head of the FBI???” 

Here are the actual facts:

  • The donation was $675,288 and to Andy McCabe’s wife for her political campaign.
  • They were perfectly legal and disclosed donations to a political campaign.
  • Hillary Clinton did not make the donations.
  • Andy McCabe was not the head of the FBI.

Four lies in one sentence. Good job, Mr. President! 

According to the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, Trump has misled the citizens of the USA over 20,000 times. And this was before the Bob Woodward tapes and book were released, which both clearly show he is a pathological liar. 

Let us remember how, when speaking about women, Trump bragged that he can “grab them by the pu–y.”
Let us also remember that he was impeached.
And that he paid off a porn star to be silent about their affair.  
And that he lied about the Coronavirus.  
And that he started a fake university and had to pay a $25,000,000 settlement.  
And that he does not believe in White privilege and mocks those who do.  

So, for someone who cannot see our country surviving another four years of Trump and does not trust Biden’s competence, who is left to vote for? There are three decent options:

Jo Jorgensen of the Libertarian Party: probably the candidate most closely aligned with the Conservative voter who needs another option. 

Howie Hawkins of the Green Party: the Green Party has been around a long time and has shown that they will continue to fight for environmental issues. 

Brian Carroll of the American Solidarity Party: a relatively new party with a Catholic social justice platform and a truly pro-life position (no abortion, war, or death penalty). 

Are any of these candidates going to win? Probably not. But until the American electorate stops backing options not worthy of the highest office in the land, we will be forced to choose between two evils.

If… if… if we will vote our conscience and not our fears, there will be other voices in the discussion. More voices, more options. That is what we need.

Ross Perot changed the election of 1992. That was my first election, and I proudly voted for Perot. I would do it again, too. His voice added to the conversation and changed how the other two candidates spoke to the American public.

Ralph Nader in 2000 pulled enough votes from Al Gore to give Florida to George H.W. Bush.

Third parties can wield power, and the two major parties know it. If they see third-party candidates rising in the polls, they will take notice and change their messages.

This is the first installment in a series of articles I will be writing called “Vote Your Conscience, Not Your Fear.” Each installment will feature a single major third-party candidate, to help educate our audience and show them that, if you’re as disappointed in what the two major parties are offering up as candidates as I am, there is always another option.

This November, I ask that you vote your conscience, not your fears.

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