This is addressed to anyone who is
DOES NOT PLAN TO VOTE
in the upcoming election, November 8, 2016.
If you support and plan to vote for Trump or Clinton, this is not written to you.
I would not waste my time trying to convince you to change your mind.
Please give me the same respect and refrain from trying to change mine.
For most of my life I have not been interested in, or well informed about, politics.
I didn't vote for many years because I didn't think it would make any difference.
In 2008 and 2012, believing our "two party" system is broken, I went to the voting booth and voted for all the third party candidates on the ballot....leaving boxes blank where the only choice was R or D.
I was making a statement....
Today they call it a protest vote.
This year, 2016, is different. This year I am not casting a protest vote.
I am voting for the presidential candidate that I actually feel is the BEST choice.
Yes, he is a third party candidate, but this time I have done my homework. I have spent hours reading and researching. I have watched the debates.
I believe Gary Johnson is not only the best candidate, I believe he would be a great leader.
"You are wasting your vote!"
I'm so sick of hearing that.
There are two ways to waste your vote:
1. Don't vote
2. Vote for someone you don't believe in. (The lesser of two evils is still evil)
Trump supporters say a vote for Johnson is a vote for Clinton.
Clinton supporters say a vote for Johnson is a vote for Trump.
Here's what I think.....A vote for Johnson is a vote for Johnson. P E R I O D
So..... to the undecided voter or non-voter:
If you feel neither Trump or Clinton is the right choice....
If you think the system is broken and there is no way to fix it...
If you think your vote won't make a difference....
Please consider this:
Here are three ways your vote for Gary Johnson could make a difference:
1. A Johnson win is unlikely, but absolutely possible.
If all the people who say " I would vote for Gary Johnson if he had a chance " actually did vote for him, it would be a landslide win for Gary Johnson.
More people don't vote than do. A small percentage of Americans are predicted to choose our president, while the majority sit at home and say change is needed.
Most voters vote for either R or D because they believe it's their only viable option.
Yes, there are die hard voters on both sides, supporting their party at all cost, but I believe there are more people voting AGAINST Trump or Clinton, than there are voting FOR them.
Let's talk numbers. The largest block of voters, 43%, are those registered as Independent.
Independent voters alone are enough to take control of the election, nevermind adding in undecided voters, and non-voters.
2. If neither Trump or Clinton gets 270 electoral votes, the election goes to the House of Representatives.
All Johnson has to do is win his home state of New Mexico and this scenerio becomes a reality.
Polling data from across the country shows that Johnson could win 5 or more states.
The House of Representatives would choose the new president from one of the top three candidates. The current house is strongly Republican so it's unlikely they will elect Clinton and Republican support of Trump is questionable.
Former two-term Republican Governor Gary Johnson, who has proven his ability to work with both Republicans and Democrats, could be the perfect compromise.
3. A Johnson loss is still a giant step in the right direction.
If Johnson gets at least 5% of the popular vote, the Libertarian party gets "major party" status and will be eligible for federal funds ($20 million +/-) for the next election. That's a very big deal.
It is the lack of funds that currently makes it almost impossible for a third party to compete against the R and D parties.
Polls show that Johnson has a very good chance of reaching that percentage.
Your vote could guarantee it and add a much needed third voice to the 2020 election.
The Democratic party has overwhelming support from the press. Media coverage of the Johnson campaign has been limited to negative, misleading sound bites. They are spending millions to discredit him as a viable candidate.
Gary Johnson has executive governing experience....eight years as Governor of New Mexico. He knows how to balance the budget and how to bring both sides of the aisle together to get things accomplished. As a Republican running for office in a predominantly Democratic state he not only won, he was re- elected for a second term.
During his run as governor, he adhered to an anti-tax policy and set state and national records for the number of times he used his veto power.
Contrary to public opinion after the "Aleppo" incident, Mr. Johnson is well informed on foreign policy.... Gary Johnson: My Foreign Policy Vision.
Are you sick of the partisanship and polarization of Washington? Would you like to shake up the establishment and end the duopoly?
This could be the year that we the people actually have a chance of making a change.
More than ever before,
your vote does count and it could make all the difference in the world.