Why Millennials Must Vote Third Party in #Election2016

#Election2016 has been going on for 13+ months now. The choices from the two major parties have narrowed to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or Donald Trump.

I have come to a conclusion: I don’t agree with and/or like any of these people.

What’s a millennial girl to do?

Option 1:

drinking wine

Option 2:

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Option 3:

take over the world pinky and brain

Option 3 sounds good…with some of option 1 thrown in for good measure.
(You can’t take over the world without alcohol. It’s scientifically-ish proven.)

So, my fellow Brains and Pinkys (and Larrys),
Shall we try to take over the world?

Because – unless we all take over the world together, the world isn’t going to change. 

There’s a reason Sen. Ben Sasse tweeted these on May 4, 2016 –

The U.S. 2 party system has left most American citizens with options that they don’t want for the 2016 presidential election – or any election. Sen. Sasse spoke to that too.

BTW – Sen. Sasse’s open letter is here – and you should read it in full.

Millennials (and Generation Z…or whatever they are calling themselves) need to do their part.

Imagine –
Every citizen aged 18 to 30 votes for a third party.
Pick one and run with it.

The U.S. has plenty of registered third parties. Scroll through wikipedia and find one you agree with. Connect with it, campaign for it, spread it all over social media – since traditional media is a snob. Go with a larger party, or an ideological party. You even have the option of protest parties and state-only parties! So many choices…

And if you want to be pragmatic – go for one of the bigger third parties – Green Party, Libertarian Party, Constitution Party – and give them a [signal] boost. The more votes a party gets in an election, the easier it is for that party to be a part of the next election.

Let’s show the ‘almighty political powers-that-be’ that we have a voice they can’t control – that we will dig beyond the two options typically presented for something more. We continually clamor for authenticity – let’s prove it, by supporting candidates that are not making rhetorical promises they will never be able to keep. Let’s blow up politics-as-usual and make Third Parties the largest vote getters in #Election2016. 

Let’s elect leaders we can be proud of – and that our kids, our siblings, and we can look up to and aspire to be.

Honestly,
I don’t care who you vote for, as much as I’d love you all to vote Libertarian, I don’t care if you vote Green, Socialist, Constitutionist, Libertarian, Rent-is-too-damn-high, etc. I will even forgive you if you vote Democrat or Republican – as long as it’s down ballot.

I DO care that you choose to engage in the political process – I want you to think through the candidates’ promises, the party platforms, and what you truly believe is best for the United States of America.

Because –
if we’re going to be called the most selfish, self-absorbed, entitled generation* – then let’s live up to it. And break all the rules.

mkto - thank you

MKTO, Thank You

To Ballots! To Social Media! To War!

*see here, here, and here, and HEY! we even have an Urban Dictionary entry

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