Who will do better in the general election: the Green Party or the Libertarian Party? | The Tylt
This year’s unprecedented election has people looking for an alternative to Trump and Clinton. To many people, the Green Party’s Jill Stein and the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson are very appealing figures. Though odds are highly against either candidate winning, this election is a huge opportunity for third parties to jump into the mainstream. Which one do you think will fare better in the general election?
The Libertarian party is getting a huge influx from conservatives turned off by Trump. Let’s face the facts: Trump, while small in some respects, is not a small-government kind of guy. In fact, his plan may balloon United States debt to 11.5 trillion. That’s where Gary Johnson, and the socially liberal, fiscally conservative Libertarians come in. They’re promising less government and more freedom and voters are responding to it. Johnson is currently polling at an average of 7.3%.
The Libertarian party’s preamble to their platform:
As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.
We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.
Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.
The Green Party is getting a lot of attention too. Bernie Sanders brought in many new voters, some of whom left the second he didn’t clinch the nomination. These engaged voters, who are vehemently opposed to the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, are gravitating towards Jill Stein and the Green Party’s much more progressive platform. Stein is currently polling at an average of 3.3%.
The Green party’s preamble to their platform:
We, the Green Party, see our political and economic progress, and our individual lives, within the context of an evolving, dynamic world.
- As in nature, where adaptation and diversity provide key strategies through which life flourishes, a successful political strategy is one that is diverse, adaptable to changing needs, and strong and resilient in its core values:
- Participatory Democracy, rooted in community practice at the grassroots level and informing every level, from the local to the international.
- Social Justice and Equal Opportunity emphasizing personal and social responsibility, accountability, and an informing ethic of Nonviolence.
- Ecological and Economic Sustainability, balancing the interests of a regulated market economy and community-based economics with effective care for the Great Economy in which we are embedded: the ecosystems of the Earth.
Which party do you think will do better?
Who will do better in the general election: the Green Party or the Libertarian Party?
Watching the libertarian town hall on CNN. They're not perfect but they are light years better than the other two choices.— STU BURGUIERE (@WorldOfStu) August 4, 2016
Barring some craziness within the GOP and Trump dropping out, officially voting libertarian in November.— TheFOO (@PolitiBunny) August 4, 2016
This ain't easy for this ol' GOP.
We need to get true progressives migrating to Green Party and help pull in more Greens. Let's make faux liberal Dems obsolete.— Bill Cimbrelo (@Bill_Cimbrelo) August 4, 2016