Monday, February 6, 2017
Third Party and Alternative Candidates: Where You At?
So I'm just going to get right to it here. Anyone seen or heard from Jill Stein lately? No? How about Gary Johnson? Nothing? Where are all those people who are tired of voting for the lesser of two evils? Surely they are making a ton of noise right now. No? Right. Didn't think so.
This is why no one takes third party candidates and alternative candidates seriously. This is why no one pays attention to them. This is why people don't take individuals who support these candidates seriously either. The time is ripe for third party and alternative options like Johnson, Stein, and others (and their respective parties) to make some noise. The Democrats have proven themselves to be feckless, spineless, and clueless. Republicans have shown themselves at best to be soulless opportunists and at worst dim witted bigots. The field is wide open for alternative and third party candidates to step up and make some noise. But much like the two major parties, the alternatives are proven themselves to be equally as inept and opportunistic.
Now would be the perfect time for them to make a stand. Never has there been a more unpopular POTUS than the carnival barker who now occupies the chair. There is a genuine and deep mistrust for both of the two major parties. The people want and I would argue NEED alternatives. These third party candidates should be making noise now. They should be establishing and energizing their base now. They should be organizing and promoting themselves and their agendas now. They should be pushing individuals who can motivate and inspire now. They should be making their case to the people now.
Instead they are absent. Silent. With the notable exception of a few grassroots movers, shakers, and power brokers these parties aren't doing shit. They are invisible. They have no voice. They have no real presence. The general public has no idea what these parties are doing, plan to do, and what their positions are on the critical issues that are affecting the nation. Most people have already forgotten about them. That's not the public's fault either. That's THEIR fault. That's Stein's fault. That's the Green Party's fault. That's Johnson's fault. They're not on the frontlines. They're on the sidelines.
What's worse is a couple of years from now they'll pop up with their hands out looking for support. They'll say the same tired things we hear them say every election. They'll talk about how terrible the two main parties are. They'll talk about voting for the lesser of two evils. They wont say anything of substance. Then they'll lose, take the money they hustled up, and disappear until the next election cycle, much to the chagrin of those who supported their efforts and genuinely wanted change.
If these third party and alternative candidates want to be taken seriously they need to get off the sidelines and get in the game. Put the work in. Don't just show up looking to raise money when the next election rolls around. Show the people you're serious NOW. Show them you are ready to lead NOW. Show them you are a viable alternative NOW. Show them a serious candidate they can get behind NOW.
Or don't...and be quiet. People are tired of the same of nonsense, and that includes alternative parties like the Green Party. People aren't stupid. They know if you're in it to win it...and you're not. So why waste time with you? Go hard now...or go the hell home. Third parties where you at?
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