It seems like this should be the year of the third party or independent candidate. Ross Perot would have ran away with this election. Looks like Ralph Nader picked the wrong four times to run. Teddy Roosevelt is rolling over in his Bull Moose grave. Nobody seems too excited about the candidates of the two major parties. And yet . . .
Meet the Green Party. Jill Stein seems like a nice enough sort. Here are the four pillars of her Green Party: Ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, and nonviolence. By golly, all seem like worthy goals. If only they were not carefully crafted euphemisms.
When thinking of this party, consider the watermelon. The watermelon analogy is used to depict how the Communist movement, discredited as time went on by the example of every Communist country that ever existed, transformed itself into the environmentalist movement in the 1970s. Get it? Red on the inside, green on the outside. It’s a different way of hating capitalism and wealth.
Let’s examine those four pillars. The ecological wisdom, is, of course, a strict adherence to Climate Change orthodoxy. Climate Change may not be the greatest hoax ever played on civilized society, who knows? What would benefit the environmentalist movement, however, would be making a few accurate predictions. Tell me what is going to happen five years from now in your computer models and when that happens, I will acknowledge your “wisdom”. Instead, time passes and we just ignore the incorrect past predictions while being presented new, more dire ones.
In the 1970s, the craze was the coming Ice Age. That transformed into Global Warming without so much as an apology. I recently put myself through watching the 2006 docudrama An Inconvenient Truth again. That little piece of Al Gore worship is now a decade old. By Gore’s shockingly escalating charts, we should all be dead now because the necessary evasive action was never taken. I am awaiting anxiously An Inconvenient Truth Part 2: The Recharting.
Social justice for the Green Party, or course, means wealth redistribution and the creation of new rights for anyone who feels vaguely offended. I would support the Green Party’s grassroots democracy, meaning more decisions made locally, if they would agree to eliminate all of the rights the Supreme Court has written into the Constitution over the last sixty years and let those decisions be made locally as well. I doubt the Green Party would consent to allow abortion and gay marriage to be subjected to grassroots democracy.
Nonviolence, of course, is all well and good until someone shows up to the party with a gun. Just a prediction: The Green Party will not do well in Northwest Ohio.
The other two main third parties, the Libertarian and Constitution Parties, are reminiscent of the People’s Judean Front and the People’s Front of Judea in Monty Python’s Life of Brian. They seem to be different factions of the same thing. (Splitters!) Can someone get them each other’s phone number?
Since the Libertarians are the perennial third party it would seem their time to shine. The message of limited government, a balanced budget, and personal responsibility is hard to argue against, except that it isn’t. Liberals love government funded anything and conservatives like to legislate morality and bomb the world into submission. Any single issue, seen through those lenses, makes for easy talking points against what is, at its core, merely freedom as the Constitution defined it.
Libertarianism has become less attractive for liberals as the Democratic Party becomes synonymous with Progressivism, which sees government as the solution to everything, even things that aren’t and never were problems. Democrats used to like the freedom offered by Libertarianism but the last thing they want now is any sort of liberty for taxpayers. You might hear a Bernie Sanders liberal cheering freedom until the next paragraph when it is revealed that the freedom proposed would apply to everyone, even the people who have been footing the country’s bills.
Unfortunately, chalk this election up as a missed opportunity for the Libertarians. By running a candidate, Gary Johnson, who managed a medical marijuana company for the last few years and only quit smoking left-handed cigarettes (weed) to run for the most powerful job in the world, their bid seems to lack seriousness. I mean, really?
Which brings us to the Constitution Party, which has the most appealing name, it would seem. Who doesn’t like the Constitution? Even Progressives, to whom the Constitution means something different every day, like it in theory.
The Constitution Party is exactly what its name would suggest. Sanctity of life, religious freedom, traditional family, private property rights, pro second amendment, national sovereignty and anti-socialism are the core tenants – pursuits so worthy they don’t need euphemisms. It is America as our Founders knew it.
Here’s the crossover: The Constitution itself remains the most Libertarian document ever created and the Constitution Party candidate, Darrell Castle, is actually more Libertarian than the Libertarian candidate.
Castle wants the United States out of NATO and the United Nations. He opposes federal funding of Planned Parenthood but also opposes government involvement in prostitution, gambling, smoking, polygamous relationships, or any other activities made by consenting adults. As of right now, however, Castle is not on the Ohio ballot.
The candidates of these two national parties disagree on some minor points but, for the greater good of their ideologies, a joint effort would certainly have warranted some examination. If only that would have happened, the time was riper than perhaps it ever will be again.
In the end, many of us who consider ourselves Libertarian, like me, will vote for Trump not because we agree with him on more things than we agree with the Constitution or Libertarian Parties but because it is the best way to use a vote to move the country toward the ideals of those parties.
But whatever you do, please, don’t be a watermelon. That is, unless you’re considering a vote for Clinton.