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WASTING A VOTE

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 14, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– So you’re thinking of voting independent are you?

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The Presidential election of 2016 has finally come down to a two horse race: Mrs. Hillary Clinton representing the Democrats and Mr. Donald Trump representing the Republicans. Frankly, there are a lot of people who are not happy with either candidate and are threatening to vote for a third party instead. Although one can understand the people’s dissatisfaction with the two party system, that the Democrats and Republicans possess too much power and no longer produce strong candidates, the reality is we live in a two party system and supporting a third party candidate has never proven effective in the last one hundred years. To illustrate…

In 1992, millionaire Ross Perot from Texas ran as an independent in the presidential election where he helped defeat incumbent George H.W. Bush and hand Bill Clinton the election. More than anyone else, Perot turned the country over to Clinton.

In 1980, Republican Congressman John Anderson from Illinois ran as an independent where he helped defeat incumbent Jimmy Carter and elect Ronald Reagan. Reagan would have narrowly won without Anderson, but the independent sealed Carter’s doom and helped the Republicans retake the Senate for the first time in 25 years.

In the 1912 election, two term President Theodore Roosevelt failed to gain the Republican candidacy (going to incumbent William Howard Taft instead) and, consequently, created a third party known as the Progressive Party (aka the “Bull Moose Party”). As an aside, the Progressive Party back then bears no similarities to the Progressive Party of today. This split in the GOP allowed Democrat Woodrow Wilson to win the election.

There are of course other political parties, such as the Libertarian and Green Parties, as well as other smaller organizations. Cumulatively, they represent a minuscule proportion of the voting population and, as such, do not pose a viable challenge to the two party system.

Then as now, splitting either party in this presidential year will prove disastrous for the Democrats as well as the GOP. The Democrats are concerned with keeping the supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Republican opponents to Donald Trump are threatening to desert the party.

As we all know, this will be a tough campaign which will likely go down to the wire. Every vote will be important. The harsh reality is anyone casting a vote for an independent will be wasting it. Such a vote is not a vote of protest, it is a vote for the party you do not want to see elected. The wrong candidate will inevitably win. So, if you cast your ballot for an independent, you might as well use it as toilet paper as it will have a better effect than placing it in the ballot box.

If you are serious about building an independent party, now is the time to start building it for the 2020 election, not for 2016, and do not be surprised if you are not successful during that election cycle.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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5 Responses to “WASTING A VOTE”

  1. Francis Dryden said

    HolaTim!… It seems Justin Trudeau is the darling of the left in the USA… he is the unfortunate result of the third party candidate (far left NDP with Thomas Mulcair). I call this unfortunate situation “squirting up the middle” They also have a stupid situation in Canada that is known as a minority government… this is where between the four or five parties the “winner” has more seats than the others but not more than the others combined. This causes very slow administration (if any) and a whole lot of kowtowing to those other parties (usually all left).

    This is what Mr. Harper lived with for 6 or his 10 years as Prime Minister.

    Oh and as another note… the people of Canada DO NOT elect the Prime Minister as you do the POTUS… he (or she) is elected by his (or her) party… another not so brilliant idea.

    And I believe that in the area of 200 years ago an amendment abolished the appointed Senate… lucky old Canada (who never learns from anyone) still appoints Senators and they stay appointed until they reach 75 years of age when they get a cushy pension plan.

    And just for all those that have the delusion that healthcare is free in Canada… STOP! The healthcare monster eats 60% of the government’s revenue and we have the highest taxes in the G20. The only people that get free is refugees, prisoners, native Indians and chronic welfare bums.

    That is only some of the reasons that brought me to Mexico!

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