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Isaac Gipson commented on Should the Modern Whig Party Endorse Garry Johnson for President? 2016-11-01 09:50:51 -0400There are two reasons I think a “vote of dissent” is worthwhile.
For the first I’ll use capitalist analogy. If shoppers can only buy their groceries at one of two stores, then the stores only have to fix their prices against the other store. And neither store really has to focus on giving their customer (the voter) a fair price based on cost to manufacture or any other metric. They only have to price their goods slightly better than the competition. Voting for a third party is the same as not shopping at either store, but finding a new store. That lost revenue matters to both stores – maybe not one shopper leaving, but many, will force change in both.
The second reason to vote for a third party, even when you know your candidate will lose, is that tides shift they don’t jump. It seems unreasonable to think that the leading third party candidate will get 3 or 4% of the national vote one election year, and then just four short years later suddenly jump to 30 or 40% contender status. That tide will have to shift, which means some voters are going to have to commit to voting against the established parties, regardless of the odds, with the belief they are the early adopters leading the charge away from the norm. No, I don’t think a ‘vote of dissent’ is a futile gesture.