By Alexander Douglas |Assistant Editor|
Would you rather be kicked in the shin or punched in the stomach?
This is exactly what it feels like with the upcoming election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
According to Real Clear Politics, Hillary Clinton has an average unfavorable rating of 53.9 percent while Donald Trump has an average unfavorable rating of 58 percent based on eight different polls.
On average 41 percent of registered voters will vote for Clinton while 37 percent are going to vote for Trump.
The two party system has a strangle hold on America and the majority of its voters forcing them to vote for either the Democratic or the Republican party.
John Adams actually warned the United States by saying, “there is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other.”
Yet, here we are in the year 2016 and we have generally had only two major parties throughout the history of the United States.
Student Mark Arthur, said, “I don’t like either candidate. Trump for sure. He’s ignorant and comes from money. I like Hillary more because she’s more educated but she lies and tries to cover them up. I’m going to vote for a third party and so are most of my friends.”
This makes it harder for people to choose a third party because herd mentality has forced people to only choose from the major two parties.
The only time a third party has come even close to winning was Theodore Roosevelt and the Bull Moose Party.
Even he had a political background, but in today’s age we do not have someone in the same position that Roosevelt was in.
Bernie Sanders was close, but even he dropped out and gave his support for Hillary.
People only see these parties as the viable options because they are the only parties they see regularly in media.
Having two parties isn’t healthy for us as a nation because in the rest of life there are multiple options.
Look at other countries in the world, like Israel, that have many political parties that are all running against each other.
It’s not that people don’t know about the other parties either because some of them are explicitly written on the voting ballots, such as Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson.
This has been the trend since the founding of the United States; choose like there is only black and white, instead of seeing the whole spectrum.
There should be an outlet that allows other parties to get more coverage by media to even out the playing field.
A third party is viable in the future, but people need to see the entire spectrum of politics instead of having tunnel vision.
If we are to continue as a nation and a democracy we need to be able to have more choices in our Democratic elections.