Despite these major achievements for independents and third parties, voter turnout was low. While Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson did accumulate over 1 million votes, overall the turn out was low all together. (for independents and third partiers.) Despite all the success we had this year, we walked away in November feeling the bitter sting of defeat. Most of us anyway….
Some out there though refused to walk away defeated. They walked away from November with their heads held high, motivated by the successes we did have, and determined to build off of them. In fact there are already some who are prepped and running campaigns for the 2016 presidential election. Such candidates include:
While those are the only four candidates I am officially aware of that are running as of right now, there is talk of the possibility of others joining the fold as independent and third party candidates, which include:
Governor Gary Johnson -Libertarian Party (the petition encouraging him to run can be viewed here)
Judge Andrew Napolitano -Libertarian Party (the petition to draft the judge can be viewed here )
Jesse Ventura -Independent? (petition to draft the former governor can be viewed here )
You see fellow free thinkers, there is much to be hopeful about! Don’t allow the sting of defeat discourage you. We accomplished so much in 2012, and already there are people stepping up to build off of that success. Let us continue to fight, continue to grow, and continue to press on. Now is not the time to be discouraged, now is not the time to give up or to throw in the towel, now is the time to get active and involved. Elections are won in the off years, and the time to fight is now! There are so many causes to join to help the cause of independent and third party candidates. Don’t fight tough ballot access and the two party system in 2014 and 2016, join the fight now! A list of organizations that you may be interested in include:
Of course I encourage everyone to get involved with something! Whether it be your political party or one of these organizations. Do something. Join the fight now! Don’t wait for 2014 or 2016. Elections are won in the off years.