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The Overlooked Third Party Option

By: Harshawn Ratanpal · August 5th 2019
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Over two dozen presidential hopefuls have thrown their hats in the ring for a 2020 candidacy. While over half of those hats seem to have no chance of toppling the red and white one, try they will. While the image that pops into your head is probably a plethora of Democrats on a stage far too small, often overlooked are the parties that don’t seem to fit into our bicolored democratic-republic. Candidates that belong to a different or neither party run every year and can offer a fresh contrast to the same bipartisan ideas that often dominate the news cycle.

The Libertarian Party was the third party with the most success in the last presidential election, with candidate Gary Johnson garnering 4,489,341 votes, or 3.28% of the vote.According to its own website, “The Libertarian Party (LP) is your representative in American politics. It is the only political organization which respects you as a unique and responsible individual.” On the same website, lp.org, the party lists its platform in full, which, in its preamble, states that it believes that the “respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.”After the 2016 election brought upon the most votes the party has seen in a presidential election, it makes sense they intend to run again in 2020; multiple candidates have already declared their intention to do just that. Max Abramson is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In his announcement to run for office on June 30th, which can be found on his website http://www.maxabramson.org/, he highlighted his purpose for doing so.“I am doing so for one simple reason, the reason: Bring the troops home,” the announcement said.Adam Kokesh is a U.S. veteran who served in the Iraq war and has been an antiwar advocate since. According to his campaign website, https://kokeshforpresident.com/, he is running with the Libertarian Party “on the platform of the peaceful, responsible dissolution of the entire federal government.” These are only a couple of the multiple candidates who have declared they are running. If the ideals of the Libertarian Party appeal to you more than either the Democrats’ or Republicans’, perhaps their candidates are worth a consideration. The Libertarians plan to decide their nominees at the Libertarian Party Convention in May 2020.

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