OPINION: A Vote for Johnson is a Vote Wasted


Trevor Wyatt, Reporter

This election season, most people are focused on the two main party candidates: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. However, what people may not know is there are two other candidates: Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party, and Jill Stein for the Green Party. Though none of the candidates are as qualified as I would like them to be, Gary Johnson specifically is not a liable option for this presidency due to impractical stances.

      Johnson believes that due to the fact the most crimes are drug based, America should just legalize drugs. He claims that because marijuana (among other illegal drugs) is safer than alcohol that it should be legalized. Whether or not they are safer that shouldn’t matter, as they are illegal for a reason. Drugs can cause irrational behavior that puts not only the user in danger, but also others around him or her.

      Johnson said in November 2011 that America should only aid with foreign affairs if the issue affects the U.S. directly. He wants America to stay in the UN but to keep their noses out of other countries business. This is not smart for the U.S. because if America doesn’t help other countries it can shatter current alliances and be problematic in future endeavors.

         Johnson also wants to raise the retirement age from 65 to 75. It’s fine to want to raise it, but it shouldn’t be based a person’s age, but instead on their ability. There are many people just under 75 who are not able to work, and they should be able to retire with benefits.           

However, a few of his stances are agreeable, such as his pro-choice view, meaning he feels it is a woman’s choice to have an abortion. Although I agree with this policy, Johnson’s overall illogical plans in other areas make me not want to support him. That is why I consider Clinton to be the best option, as she holds a pro-choice position as well as having a well laid-out plan.           

If you are eligible to vote, it is important to make an educated decision. Do research and make the most sensible choice. Many voters want to support Johnson just to spite Clinton and Trump. However, this is definitely not a smart decision because they are wasting their vote on someone who has no chance to win. Think about what’s really important: to make a statement against Clinton and Trump with a candidate who will not deliver, or to help this country to continue to thrive by making a responsible decision.