I promise I am done with political posts after this.
In the state of Alabama, over 10,000 people showed up to the polls on Super Tuesday and voted for people who had already withdrawn from the race. Although I can see this being viewed as foolish, I can respect people for voting for who they feel would be the best candidate, no matter the likelihood of that candidate winning. The real question is how many people voted for who they wanted verses voting against someone else or who they thought would have the greatest chance of winning against an opponent?
Granted, every other person on the Republican ticket I would have been fine with other than Trump. Trump will literally break the Republican Party. Even though he’s won the majority of the states, he has not won the states by the majority. When Trump becomes the nominee for the Republican Party, there will be many people who stop affiliating with that party.
I have never really devoted myself to a party, because I feel the two-party system is broken, but between the choice of Republican and Democrat, I am closer aligned to Republican. This will change if Trump becomes the Republican nominee.
Why do I bring this up? Because when Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee and Trump becomes the Republican nominee, it will cause a void, for a great deal of people will refuse to align with either candidate. I understand this has been a stance of a lot of people for a long time, but now the line has been drawn in the sand and the question will be asked;
Will you vote the lesser of two evils, or “waste” your vote on a third party?
If over 10,000 people “wasted” their vote on a primary candidate that wasn’t even running anymore, I have hope a third candidate could have a chance. The supporters of Cruz, Rubio, Carson and Kasich will have to vote for someone. Yes, some will rally behind Trump because of either devotion to the party or they aren’t that offended by Trump, but I believe the majority of those supporters didn’t vote for Trump for a reason and they won’t want to vote for him in November.
This November, I do not believe I can justifiable cast a vote for Trump or Hillary because I do not believe either of them truly have our country’s best interest in mind. My hope is that someone worth something runs against these two. Many people might think that would be a wasted vote, but it is my vote and I cannot believe that voting my conscious is ever a waste. If 10,000 people can vote for people not even running, I don’t feel bad at all voting other than Democrat or Republican. I cannot complain that a two-party system is broken if I continue to feed into it.
Your vote is not useless. Your vote does matter. You do not have to choose the lesser of two evils. But if you justifiable want to voice an opinion, you must vote.