Not that I don’t agree with your positions, but if we’re being honest, I think most rational people would agree that this Presidential election cycle is unlike any we have seen before. We know this because one candidate literally says at least one thing, usually more, every day that in every single election before this one would have seen that candidate drop to zero in the polls and be shoved out of the race. Not this year though.
I hate to utter the words because they are almost never true, but it really is different this time. In the past voting for a third party was a stance against the two-party system, but more importantly, it was voting your conscience. The consequences were minimal. Either way, you ended up with a Democrat or Republican that have much more in common with each other than they do with any of us, the constituents. They were both pretty much the same and wouldn’t really greatly affect that many lives.
Today, there is a clear candidate that could cause great harm to the country and already has with his rhetoric. It will matter this time if the republican wins. He is radically different and dangerous. He is, quite literally, the exact opposite of what a president should be in every respect. It’s not just a matter of differing on tax rates and gun control, or TPP or offshore drilling, or drilling in Alaska or just lighting every fossil fuel we have on fire all at once just for kicks. Trump is actually worse. During a military briefing, Trump asked several times why he couldn’t use nukes and he doesn’t understand why to this day.
You are concerned with the future of our planet for future generations, as we all should be. We are rapidly approaching a point of no return if we haven’t passed it already. Unfortunately, times dictate we be concerned with a much more immediate threat. Nuclear winter would destroy this generation, all generations and future generations would never get a chance. If you think I am being alarmist, you haven’t been paying attention. Trump has an emotional IQ equal to a toddler. Any slight disagreement with him will throw him into a fit of rage where all he can see is revenge, which he thinks he gets by tweeting.
The Presidency is an unimaginably stressful job for career politicians who are level headed, calm, cool and collected. No one more so than Obama, and the job even turned his hair prematurely grey, like every president who leaves office. Imagine what that stress will do to someone so ill-equipped to deal with it. He won’t be able to. He will, early and often, fly off the handle when things don’t go his way but tweeting will no longer be his only recourse, he’ll be able to drop bombs, order the FBI to investigate anyone who disagrees with him.
He will literally have the power to make people disappear and by the time the slow wheels of the bureaucracy have a chance to stop him it will be too late. The damage will have been done. He wouldn’t even have to go nuclear. Destroying the faith in government, stifling the free press, a police state enacted under the guise of a deportation force, which he has promised, could cause chaos and throw the country into an economic depression worse than the thirties. Neighbors won’t trust each other. Good luck trying to get people to care about global warming when they can’t feed their children.
So while I agree with you and would be right there with you voting for a third or fourth party any other year, I can’t do it this year. The indisputable fact is that Hillary Clinton is the only thing that stands between us and what I described above. Maybe those things won’t happen, but the fact that there is a reasonable chance they could is enough and should convince everyone who is thinking third party to vote for Clinton just this one election. Go back to promoting and voting for a third party in four years, otherwise, Jill Stein may be the last person you ever vote for.