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Series | Presidency 2016, Part 11: Independent (No Party)

  • Evan McMullin (Utah), Presidential Candidate
  • Mindy Finn (District of Columbia), Vice Presidential Candidate
  • The time has come for a new generation of American leadership and civic engagement.
  • Our nation was founded by courageous, principled Americans who took on the seemingly impossible fight for the cause of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To put our country back on track, we must live up to their example.
  • Eleventh and last in a series

Evan McMullin, Independent (No Party)

On The Issues

National Security: America’s men and women in uniform are the pride of our nation. Their sacrifices and hard work keep us safe day in and day out. Yet increasingly, we are failing in our obligation to provide them with the training and equipment they need. The number of planes, ships, and soldiers in the Armed Forces is falling toward levels not seen since before World War II, even as the world grows more dangerous. President Obama’s poor leadership, aided and abetted by Congress, has put the military on a path to almost $1 trillion in cuts compared to projected needs.

Jobs and the Economy: Americans are ready to work hard to provide for their families, but fewer and fewer are capable of finding the good jobs necessary to support a middle-class standard of living and help them to pursue their dreams. If we accept the slow growth of the Obama years this won’t change. Only if the economy begins to grow faster—at a rate of more than 3 percent year instead of less than 2—will good jobs become more widely available.

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Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Parts 10 & 11

  • Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 8 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section <> (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2016 General Election Guide".
  • Part 10: Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.
  • Part 11: Another Voting Guide
  • 10th & 11th in a Series

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Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 10: Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.

  • Voting for Obama or Romney and knowing that both of them don’t care about average Americans will only continue pushing the pendulum that is American politics, to either the Republicans or the Democrats, with there being no substantial change in how the system itself works and who is benefits and oppresses.
  • 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?
  • Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 3: Third Parties Are Not Spoilers

Devon DB, Global Research

September 22, 2012 | Yes, I would like to admit that this November, I will be voting third party. However, contrary to what many do or would like to believe, I am not wasting my vote.

When stating that you are going to vote third party, one is usually met with the typical dismissals that “you’re wasting your vote” and “there’s no chance in hell that they will win.” While my party of choice may not win, I realize that there is little difference between either candidate and that both will only make this country worse.Obama has made a number of policy decisions during his first term that have strengthened the police state, expanded US militarism abroad, and aided the very bankers that have pillaged the country.Concerning the police state, during his presidency, Obama has created a legal precedent that allows him (and future presidents) to assassinate US citizens as can be seen in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki.

Devon DB is a 20 year old independent researcher and writer. He is studying political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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Part 11: Another Voting Guide

  • If you LOVE the status quo, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you LOVE having the lesser of two evils in office, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you want more war, vote democrat or republican
  • If you love the military/industrial(/congressional) complex, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you want more crony capitalism, vote democrat or republican 
  • If you support the NSA spying on US citizens, vote democrat or republican
  • If you support the war on drugs, vote democrat or republican.

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn October 29, 2014 | In his 1960 farewell address, the moderate Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower tried to warn us naïve and trusting Americans about the nefarious agendas of the amoral, pro-corporate, pro-war, imperialistic military/industrial (i.e., corporate)/national security/congressional complex (especially the weapons industries, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the FBI) that Ike had seen acquiring excessive power during his administration. 

Americans after WWII were feeling increasingly prosperous and optimistic about the future because the nation’s infrastructure, industries, productivity, markets and non-military citizens had not been victimized or blasted to smithereens like their economic competitors in Europe and Asia. Ike’s prescient warnings were essentially ignored or censored out of the public’s consciousness by nefarious anti-democratic entities that were operating behind the scenes.

G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

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Previously in the 2016 General Election Guide:

Voting Is One Thing, but Let's Not Let Partisan Loyalties Numb Us to Injustice

How it is that so many people seem to be able to muster intense moral outrage in the face of wrongdoing, but only when Republicans are the perpetrators. Why is it that when the Democrats are the guilty party -- indeed, even when they are advancing Republican policies that liberals had vigorously denounced only a few short years before -- the response is a resounding silence?

Patrick Barrett, Truthout 

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Saturday, 15 October 2016 | To all those whose driving motivation this election season is to stop Donald Trump at all costs, and see voting for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine as the only means of accomplishing it, I want to say that I get it. Totally! I see Trump as a frighteningly huge threat, too!

But what I don't get is why so many people who have decided to vote Democratic in this election as a means to stop Trump don't simultaneously see a Clinton/Kaine administration as a tremendous threat. And every time I hear someone deny, ignore, or soft-peddle how destructive the policies and interests that Clinton and Kaine represent are, my sense of threat only intensifies, because it means that they are more likely to look the other way in the face of the coming administration's crimes, just as so many did and continue to do, with the crimes of Obama/Biden and Clinton/Gore.

Patrick Barrett is the administrative director of the A. E. Havens Center for Social Justice at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He writes and teaches about US and Latin American politics. He is co-editor of The New Latin American Left: Utopia Reborn.

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Series | Presidency 2016, Part 10: Socialist Workers Party (SWP)

  • Alyson Kennedy (Illinois), Presidential Nominee
  • Osborne Hart (Pennsylvania), Vice Presidential Nominee
  • The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) is a far-left political organization in the United States. The group places a priority on "solidarity work" to aid strikes and is strongly supportive of Cuba. The SWP publishes The Militant, a weekly newspaper that dates back to 1928, and maintains Pathfinder Press.
  • Tenth in a series

Socialist Workers Party Socialist Party stands for the abolition of every form of domination and exploitation, whether based on social class, gender, race/ethnicity, age, education, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.

We are committed to the transformation of capitalism through the creation of a democratic socialist society based on compassion, empathy, and respect as well as the development of new social structures.  Socialism will establish a new social and economic order in which workers and community members will take responsibility for and control of their interpersonal relationships, their neighborhoods, their local government, and the production and distribution of all goods and services. 

For these reasons we call for social ownership and democratic control of productive resources, for a guarantee to all of the right to participate in societal production, and to a fair share of society's product, in accordance with individual needs.

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