Politics and Polls

Election 2016: The Other Options

With the high unfavorability ratings of the two main party candidates and increased polarization, many Americans have decided to look towards third party candidates.

Many are going for Libertarian presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson, the former two-term Governor of New Mexico who is running on a fiscally conservative and socially liberal platform. In order to pay for college, he worked as a door-to-door handyman, and eventually created a construction company, giving 1,000 jobs to people in New Mexico. According to NPR, he is “probably the healthiest candidate for president” which isn’t hard to believe since he has climbed the highest peaks of every continent, does rock climbing, triathlons, and exercises at least one hour a day. Gov. Johnson advocates for things including: marijuana legalization, gun rights, a balanced budget, a non-interventionist foreign policy, and enforcing term limits. He is the only third party candidate to be present on all 50 state ballots.

The Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein is also another relatively major third party option that people are going for. She offers what she calls a “Green New Deal” which is essentially what Bernie Sanders was proposing while he was running. Dr. Stein wants the USA to transition to 100% clean energy sources, raise the minimum wage to $15, make college free, and abolish all student debt. Other things she wants to do include legalizing marijuana, terminating unconstitutional spying, and enforcing a non-interventionist foreign policy. Dr. Jill Stein has ballot access in 45 states and in 3 can be written in.

As you can see, they’re awesome in their own ways, but there are so many more that you probably haven’t heard of. I’m going to point out a few.

One of the more notable ones is the Transhumanist Party’s Zoltan Istvan. Like Gov. Johnson, he too is an entrepreneur, He runs on a platform that puts science and technology first. He founded the Transhumanist Party, and used to be a journalist for National Geographic. At 41 years of age, he would be the youngest president, should he be elected. He even got a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip implanted in his hand which can do things like store information. Yeah, Gary Johnson is involved in sports, but Zoltan is actually credited with creating a sport called volcano boarding. It’s performed on volcano slopes, and isn’t for the faint of heart.

Another lesser-known candidate is the Veteran Party’s Chris Keniston. He runs on a platform that includes but is not limited to: getting rid of common core, a non-interventionist approach to foreign policy, the desire for a balanced budget, and enforcing term limits. He gives his personal opinion on social issues like gay marriage and abortion on his website, but doesn’t have policies to actually do something about them because he likes to focus on things that are actually within the President’s authority.

The final third party candidate I want to highlight is the Constitutional Party’s own Darrell Castle. His acceptance speech for his party’s nomination was actually held in Salt Lake City! His campaign website doesn’t offer much information about his stances, but the information provided on the website shows that Castle wishes to withdraw the US from the United Nations, end the Federal Reserve, protect private property rights, take away the Supreme Court’s jurisdictions over things like abortion, and adhere to the constitution. He is on the ballot in 23 states.

There are so many more candidates out there! Feel free to look around for yourself. Further information on the candidates I mentioned is available at these websites:

https://www.johnsonweld.com/

http://www.jill2016.com/

http://www.zoltanistvan.com/

http://chriskeniston2016.com/

http://castle2016.com/

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