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In a Contentious Election, Third Party Politicians May Be a Better Alternative

by Jacob Keith

Third party candidates have been around since the first party system. Whether it be Libertarian or Green, Whig or Know-Nothings, the third party has been a mainstay of the American political climate.

As the 2016 presidential election approaches and the Republican and Democratic nominees become more divisive, third party candidates are turning into a more viable choice. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein are both incredibly experienced having worked within state politics, and have many years of experience under their collective belts.

A Libertarian is defined as someone who believes in the doctrine of free will. In modern politics, this tends to mean someone who believes in fiscal conservatism but social liberalism. They are further differentiated from the two classic parties by their views against government intervention as well as their advocacy for isolationism.

The Green Party is founded on the concept of green politics – that is – environmentalism and social justice. They are, on the political spectrum, more liberal than the left-leaning Democratic party.

“Third party candidates – looking forward to the next half century of this nation – will be very important parts of a modern political campaign, and should be,” says junior Will Anderson, “When there are only two options, it becomes very easy for candidates to no longer be exemplary, and simply disagreeing becomes the qualification needed.”

“When there are two candidates on the far left and the far right, it is nice to have a moderate candidate,” junior Roshni Patel said. Patel elaborates, “I think that Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee, is trying to be that moderate candidate.”

Senior Jonathan Rodriguez said, “The primary parties are both evils we can’t rid ourselves of, so you might as well go for the third option when you can.”