So it's over. Trump will be our next president. Congrats to him and the people that supported him. Congrats to Hillary and her supporters for running a strong campaign and getting as far as they did.
I did not support or vote for either candidate and cast my vote for Gary Johnson. Why, you might ask? Because for the last three elections I have supported the Libertarian candidate in the general elections simply because I want to see an end to the two party duopoly and if any third parties ideological platform comes close to my belief's in how government should function in our country, it would be the Libertarian party. In 2008 the Libertarian candidate received .7% of the vote. In 2012 1.5% of the vote. This year the Libertarian candidate captured 3% of the vote. So for the last three elections the Libertarian party has doubled its support with each election. This my friends is how you build a ground up, grass-roots movement. If this trend continues, and I hope it does, the Libertarian candidate in 2020 has a legitimate shot at getting 6% of the vote and thus placing it over the 5% minimum needed to be eligible for federal recognition. Making it the first time in nearly 100 years that America could have a legitimate 3 party election that slowly begins to give people real choice and a real chance to have success within the party you choose to support.
Don't try to sit there and say that I wasted my vote, or that my vote was in reality a vote for the candidate that won, or vice versa. For if you think that way, then you truly do not understand why I have voted the way I have voted and will probably never grasp the idea of what your vote really means. For this I cannot help you with understanding, only enlightenment will help you achieve that. I never supported either Clinton or Trump, I never intended to vote for either Clinton or Trump, Like I said before, my vote is a vote to help build a grassroots movement meant to end the duopoly of the two party system and to start giving back to us Americans the freedom of real and true choice.
I hope for some of you, you can understand this. I know there are plenty out there that won't respect my position and will attempt to lambast me for "just wanting pot to be legal" (which from what these last 3 elections have proven. people want pot to be legal). From here on out, I plan to continue my support for the Libertarian party and to continue to hope to grow the party to a more viable contender in future elections so that it is not considered a "protest vote" or a "wasted vote", a line of thought I never understood or agreed with, but to make it a legitimate choice for people to accept during an election cycle. I stand, and shall remain, in the corner of personal liberty and freedom, and as I see it the Libertarian party is the only one that puts these ideas first and foremost at the head of its platform. One day I would hope to see many more of my fellow American patriots to stand in that corner with me. Only time will tell if this will hold true, but I intend to keep pushing and fighting for it. Hope your conscience feels the same for each time you vote, no matter who you support or vote for.