Why should I vote for a major party candidate for POTUS?
May 14, 2012 9:22 AM Subscribe
I am looking for convincing arguments about why I should vote for a major party candidate for President of the United States. This isn't as direct a question as it sounds.
posted by Invoke to Law & Government (31 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Specifically, I am looking for a convincing argument about why I should vote for a major party candidate, without doing either of two things in your response.
First, this isn't a question about which of the two major party candidates I should vote for. The question is more, "why would I vote for a major party?"
Second, I have heard the argument made many times that if I were to vote for a non-major-party candidate, I'd be "throwing my vote away." I've heard that argument in every Presidential election, "Just hold your nose and vote for XXX, it is so important this time."
I understand the latter argument, I really do. For myself, I simply can no longer accept that argument, and I'd rather not rehash that dead-to-me argument. So, I'm looking for reasonable arguments other than the "You'll throw your vote away, Nader, Nader" one.
I promise not to debate or thread-sit. I'm an open-minded person, honestly looking for an argument which could change my mind. I'm open to change, but I need a better argument or I'll simply vote my conscience.