- last modified 9/9/2016 - change in ballot access counts
The Last Elected Third Party Candidate
It has been over 150 years since a third-party candidate was elected president. The result of that election was a new political party that has persisted to this day. That party was the Republican Party.
Their first elected President, Abraham Lincoln, signed the Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in the United States. Since that time, the only elected presidents were part of either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. Both political parties originated from a prior Democratic-Republican Party.
In the year 2016, most of us will have more than the usual two-choices. Three candidates are expected to be on the ballots in all 50 States, and a fourth is expected to be on all but a few.
Currently you can expect to see only two of these candidates in the televised debates. As near as I can tell, there is no law that says there can only be two in the debates, but precedent and the powers that control our information seem to think we only get confused if we have more than two choices, so they normally only televise two. I don’t feel right contributing to that somewhat arbitrary limitation, so I apologize in advance if the four possibilities presented below cause you to spend too much time thinking about the choices you make for America’s future.
For each candidate, you will see what I believe to be the slogan of their party, a link to their web-site, a pointer to a representative video, and a quick summary of national ballot access status.
Maximum Freedom, Minimum Government
The 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate is Gary Johnson.
The Libertarian Party is currently on the ballot in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.
The Libertarian web-site is located at http://www.lp.org/.
Mr. Johnson appears on the New York state ballot as both the Libertarian candidate and the Independence Party of New York candidate.
One World, One Chance
The Green Party
The 2016 Green Party presidential candidate is Jill Stein.
The Green Party is currently on the ballot in 45 states, plus the District of Columbia.
The Green Party web-site is located at http://www.gp.org/
Make America Great Again
The Republican Party
The 2016 Republican presidential candidate is Donald Trump.
The Republican Party is currently on the ballot in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.
The Republican web-site is located at https://www.gop.com/
Change That Matters
The Democratic Party
The Democratic Party presidential candidate is Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton.
The Democratic Party is currently on the ballot in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.
The Democratic Party web-site is located at https://www.democrats.org/
The One Issue That Matters
This year, as usual, there are a plethora of issues that we question the candidates about. Many of us will choose the issue nearest and dearest to our heart, and base our vote on our understanding where the candidates appear to stand on that particular issue. Hopefully this article provides the beginning information you need to go visit each candidates web-site and search for the issue you care about most.
Over the decades, we have been led to believe that a cyclical change between Democratic and Republican leadership is the best way to maintain the balance. The result has been chaos and churn.
We can do better. The buzzwords of the day are 'Balanced Rebellion'.
This year, my number one issue of concern is how we approach the full system of governance. By that, I mean more than just how we go about making laws or which part of the government has jurisdiction over any particular facet of our lives. I mean how do we go about selecting our leadership and representatives. What methods do we follow for making candidates known to the people who will vote for them?
During the lifetime of the United States we have seen a variety of changes in how we communicate with each other, and how we communicate our desires to our candidates. From the early days of horse carried letters (birth of a nation), through the days of the telegraph (the dawn of the railroad), then the telephone and then television (the industrial age), and to the now current age of e-mail and the far more interactive internet, the style and the pace and the methods of interaction and communicating have changed.
To some extent, the evolution of our political parties has kept pace with those changes.
But we still, every four years, in November, go out and vote for President.
At the beginning of this article, I apologized in advance for presenting more than the usual two choices. Please allow me to make up for that now. In my humble opinion, there is only one issue that matters, and that is whether we will continue with a long-standing and familiar approach of frustrating ourselves with the same old choices, or whether we will seek to change that through our vote. So I ask …
Change or Churn?
My opinion is my own, when I have one.
I do not speak for my employer, so no opinion perceived here should be considered to be an indication of my employers position with respect to the 2016 election.
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© 2016 FitnezzJim
FitnezzJim (author) from Fredericksburg, Virginia on November 19, 2016:
Yup. After seeing too many presidential elections, you begin to think of the presidency as part of a political playground.
The first time you ride a teeter-totter, you are exhilarated by that first rise to the top.
Then we come down, and then back up to the top, and we begin to think of that rise as part of a cycle.
After playing too long, we think of it as an ongoing exercise that is going nowhere. Churn.
After enough elections, you think of our leadership as a teeter-totter presidency. Perhaps the future will recognize this, give us a third and perhaps a fourth party, and we can watch them play on the merry-go-round.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 19, 2016:
I, for one, am very glad to see this election come to an end. Now all we have to do is survive the vitriol that is to follow, from both sides. My goodness, there are some unhappy people out there, as is their right, but there are times I just want to shut off the outside noise and live in LaLa Land for awhile. :)
FitnezzJim (author) from Fredericksburg, Virginia on September 04, 2016:
So, there is an unexpected result here.
Early poll results show over 70% plan to vote a third party.
Is there something special about Hubpages readers or what?