WASHINGTON, November 12, 2013 — The absence of compromise on Capitol Hill is proof that it’s time for change in Washington, and not the “change” that Barack Obama called for during his first presidential campaign.
America’s two-party system has stifled genuine political competition on the basis of ideas, leaving only party competition for power. The lack of a viable third party has left voters with a no real options. The Libertarian Party, America’s third largest and fastest growing political party, may be poised to become the realistic third option that many Americans crave.
“The Libertarian Party has stood on principle for four decades against much of the nonsense that infects our political system and public policy,” said Robert Sarvis, Libertarian Party candidate in Virginia’s recent gubernatorial race.“
Sarvis managed to pull in just over 6.5 percent of the vote in last week’s election. This may not seem significant, but it is quite an achievement for Sarvis and the quickly growing third party. That more than a hundred thousand voters turned their backs on the two major parties in a tight race illustrates the public’s distrust for the two parties that dominate the American political system.
“I would like to see the Libertarian Party become a viable major party, but to do so will be a Herculean struggle against vested interests with a lot of money and power in a system rigged to keep third parties out. But Herculean struggles are the most rewarding, and increasing freedom and returning to the Rule of Law is the most worthy goal,” said Sarvis.
Numerous media outlets have blamed Sarvis for Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s defeat by Democrat Terry McAuliffe, but CNN exit polls indicate that most Sarvis supporters leaned towards McAuliffe as a second choice. The 144,000 voters who chose Sarvis on Election Day, many of whom said they wouldn’t have voted at all if Sarvis weren’t running, signify a changing mindset amongst many voters. This swaying opinion is not only evident in Virginia, but throughout the country.
“Those voters who stuck with McAuliffe did so because they were very afraid of a Cuccinelli victory,” said Sarvis.” So they were hard to peel off. We had the right message, but it’s difficult to dislodge voters who are voting out of fear. Our biggest challenge was simply maximizing our voter reach, and I think we did a pretty good job of that, given the constraints we faced. “
Many see voting for a third party candidate as a “throwaway vote.” They should ask why constantly voting for the lesser of two evils is any better.
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