This conversation started in the Impeachment thread, and seemed like it was becoming a big digression, so I’m moving it here.
For those who didn’t read that thread and want the background, I described myself as far enough outside the tents of both parties as to be unwilling to vote for either of them. I plan to vote for the candidate of my very small party, the American Solidarity Party (essentially a European-style Christian Democratic party).
Some folks expressed the view that this choice is irresponsible in an election where Donald Trump (who I think is abominable) is on the ballot.
For the record, I would also support someone who chooses not to vote at all in 2020. See Alasdair MacIntyre again, who is no dummy when it comes to ethics. But voting for a minor party and not voting are not at all equivalent, for some of the reasons bullet-pointed below.
I admit I don’t understand the logic of “a vote and endorsement for the candidate who wins” (to use @triggercut’s formulation). When I go to vote, I don’t know who will win (except that it won’t be my candidate). It’s like saying I can endorse an outcome for Schroedinger’s cat. I accept the outcome, and therefore I do endorse the system, and recognize and respect in a basic way my fellow citizens’ opinions. My vote is not being made out of bitterness, stubbornness, or despair.
There are a variety of reasons that I think voting for a minor party is right for me, but I don’t want this thread to be about me, so I will post those separately.
Anyone else planning to vote for a minor party?
Anyone else have reasons that voting for a minor party or not voting at all is a good or bad idea?
Anyone else want to tell me I’m a fool, or a monster? I don’t mind!