WHY VOTE FOR A THIRD PARTY?
by Bob Wheeler
Darrell Castle, the Constitution Party’s candidate for President, has no chance of winning the current presidential election. So why, someone might ask, vote for him?
First of all, in an election campaign in which two scoundrels are running against each other, it makes no sense at all to vote for one scoundrel just to keep the other scoundrel out of office. As the Clinton Foundation and Trump University make abundantly clear, neither major party candidate in this election is fit to occupy the highest office in the land.
But are we not always in the position of voting for the lesser of two evils, it might be asked? The problem here is twofold. First of all, how can we really tell which is the lesser of two evils? The adulterer or the enabler of another adulterer? The one who mishandled confidential information on her private email server, or the one who stiffed his contractors?
But secondly, what if both candidates are absolutely disqualified from holding office? If someone is fundamentally dishonest, routinely breaks the rules, and habitually takes advantage of others, he / she cannot be trusted with public office. That person lacks the character to lead the most powerful country in the world.
As professing Christians the problem is especially acute. Can we excuse adultery and sexual assault in one candidate in order to prevent the other from pursuing the LGBT agenda? Can we pick and choose among the Ten Commandments, and argue that adultery is less serious than abortion? And by excusing the conduct of one who is openly immoral we betray our claim to be in favor of “family values” and “traditional marriage.” What happens to our testimony then?
By why vote for a candidate who has no chance of winning the election? Isn’t that a wasted vote? Or even worse, a vote for the candidate we like the least?
It must be remembered that there is more to democracy than simply getting this or that candidate elected to office. Ultimately it is the people who must decide the direction that the country should take. But that requires an open discussion of the issues. The pros and cons must be carefully weighed. And that, in turn, requires our political leaders to engage in open debate.
The major parties, however, refuse to do that. Their aim is to win elections, and to that end they tell the voters what they want to hear. They avoid telling the electorate the hard facts about the federal deficit, for example, or the breakdown of the family structure. It is all promises, promises, promises.
It typically falls to minor parties to address the real issues facing the nation, the issues that major parties do not want to touch. The Republican Party began as a protest movement against slavery. In the 1860 election Abraham Lincoln won only 40% of the popular vote. But he is commonly rated as one of our greatest presidents.
The real problem facing America today is the breakdown of public morality. The sense of honor, integrity and duty has all but disappeared, and it has taken a terrible toll on family life. Putting an immoral casino operator in the White House will not “make America great again.” What is needed is a candidate whose words and actions speak of moral integrity and sound Constitutional principles.
We need a party and a candidate that will be a clear voice for the principles that made America truly great: sound moral character, productive labor and the rule of law. What we need is a party and a candidate that will turn back to the vision of the Founding Fathers. That party is the Constitution Party, and that candidate is Darrell Castle. You waste your vote when you vote for someone who doesn’t believe in what you believe. Vote your conscience. Vote for Darrell Castle. Let your voice be heard!