Two Evils or Third Party Candidates

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By Gaby Martinez

For anyone who is still feeling obligated to choose between the lesser of two evils come November 8th, there are a few other viable options for executive office on this years’ ballot. While aware that we could all have just as easily googled information on these candidates, it could be safe to assume that most of have not.

Both Jill Stein and Gary Johnson were on the presidential ballot in 2012 and are running again on this years’ ballot in spite of numerous “losses” during their political careers. Due to their lack of success in the polls, these candidates have been jipped of any considerable airtime over the past year and a half. Some basic components of each candidate’s platform are listed as follows.

Senator Gary Johnson, as the former governor of New Mexico, initially sought to gain the Republican presidential nomination in 2011 but changed party affiliation as a Libertarian in the 2012 Election cycle. His appeal to the conservative voter is his unabashed opposition to big government spending. Essentially the solution to this ill would lie within a reinstatement of state and local government power. His fidelity to free market ideals are characteristic of the Libertarian Party and can most likely be traced throughout his experience as a handyman, to small business owner, to CEO of his own company.

Jill Stein, of the Green Party, is also a candidate of reputable note. Stein is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, class of 1979. Much of Stein’s focus, in the political arena, have been on issues concerning public health and domestic policy within the United States rather than foreign policy. However, her background in medicine and education appeals to voters who are seeking a candidate, like Donald Trump,  that doesn’t fall under the “career politician” model we’ve become so accustomed to. Keeping in line with the tradition of her party, she is an advocate for environmental reform and the creation of “green jobs”.  The biggest component of her platform, entitled The Green New Deal,:

“Building on the concept of FDR’s New Deal, we call for a massive mobilization of  our  communities, government and the people on the scale of World War II – to transition our energy  system and economy to 100% clean, renewable  energy by 2030.”

Johnson and Stein, of course, have had their own share of controversy surrounding their positions. However, it is important to recognize that we have might have another choice to make; a choice between the so-called lesser of two evils or the lesser of four evils.