Election 2016: Not Enough Clothespins

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Many Americans are experiencing the same dilemma right now — we’re trying to decide whether to vote against Donald Trump for president (by casting a vote “for” Hillary Clinton), or vote against Hillary Clinton (by casting a vote “for” Trump). Voters who actually want to vote for either of the major-party candidates are much rarer, this time, than is typically the case, as recent news stories have documented.

I’ve said for months that I would vote against Trump (again — for I already voted against him once, by voting in my state’s G.O.P. primary election). As November gets closer, though, I am finding the idea of voting against Trump in November, by holding my nose, and casting a vote for Clinton, to be a progressively less palatable idea. I like to have both hands free when I vote, you see, so I’d need to use a clothespin, for my nose, to actually do this. The problem is, of course, that I’m far from alone with my opinions about this election — and I’m not sure exactly how many clothespins we have in the USA. There might actually not be enough for all the “against” votes people intend to cast.

In the face of this potentially-devastating, nationwide clothespin shortage, I finally decided to do something else: look for someone I can actually vote for, in good conscience, without fear of being horribly embarrassed by my vote within days of our new president taking the oath of office.

I didn’t find one such person. I actually found two. (Image source: here.)

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I’m not a Libertarian, nor am I a member of the Green Party. Having examined both of these candidates, though, I find that I agree with each of them on many things, and disagree with them on a smaller number of issues. The major thing they have in common is also their major political “selling point” in this election — not being Trump, nor Clinton.

Once I make a decision between Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, I will have accomplished two things which are important to me: (1) finding someone to actually vote for, rather than casting a 100% “against” vote, and (2) finding a way to vote against the two major-party candidates — both of them — at the same time.

While comments on this post are welcome, please don’t simply point out to me that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will almost certainly win the election in November. This is something I already know, and it does not affect my decision. Either of them could win in November . . . but neither of them will get any help from me to do so.

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6 Responses to Election 2016: Not Enough Clothespins

  1. Bravo! I suspect that a larger than expected number of Americans will be voting similarly in this election. I know I will be.

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  2. I’m in exactly the same situation, and have been carefully examining the platforms of these two candidates. It’s important to note that if either one were to reach 15% in some of the presidential polls, then they would be eligible to participate in the debates.

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  3. swo8 says:

    It seems to be happening all over the world. The ruling class has presented us with a no win situation. If you vote for Hillary you get more of the same and probably a war or two. If you vote for Trump you have no idea what he will do because he’s a loose cannon. However, I did hear Jill Stein being interviewed on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and was very impressed with her. If I could vote it would be for her.
    Leslie

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  6. I, too, will be voting “for” a candidate and not “against” one. I think that is the most responsible thing to do with the great privilege and responsibility of voting.

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