Trump is Like Salmonella Ice Cream
I am pro-third party candidates. More choices mean more viewpoints, and frankly, there are a lot of ways we could positively run this country. Democrats and Republicans don’t have a monopoly on good ideas.
But this election is different, and I’m going to ask you not to vote for a third party candidate when it comes to the presidency. I know there is a feeling of “if not now, when,” but I repeat that it’s this election: It’s different. Please hear me out.
Imagine your teacher says that your class can have an ice cream party, but you need to vote and decide on a single flavour of ice cream. The choices are chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
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4 kids vote for chocolate, 4 kids vote for vanilla, and 1 kid votes for strawberry, which is what you really want. Maybe you think, “Well, I don’t mind chocolate, though I really want strawberry. I will vote for strawberry to show them that I really want strawberry and that will affect the next time we get ice cream.” Or maybe you think, “I don’t like chocolate or vanilla, so I will vote for strawberry because that’s what I like and eat whichever one wins because who really cares if it can’t be strawberry.”
If we were voting between chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, I would not be writing this. But we’re not talking about three equal but different ice cream flavours.
This is what this election is like: 4 kids vote for chocolate, 4 kids vote for salmonella-poisoned ice cream, and 1 kid votes for strawberry. You may not like chocolate, but I think we can all agree that voting for salmonella-laced ice cream is not a healthy decision. It has the potential to make the class very ill, and if nothing else, the class will be filled with dread while they wait to find out if the ice cream they knowingly consumed is going to harm them.
While that strawberry ice cream looks really good, and it’s what you actually want, your vote will not get the class that desired strawberry treat but could get the class the salmonella-laced ice cream.
So I’m going to ask you a favour to keep America healthy, and I ask this knowing full well that there will be a time when you will ask me to help you get strawberry as the flavour winner: Please vote for Hillary Clinton.
There will be future elections where we’re not fighting to keep bacteria out of our ice cream bowls, and there are many other positions of power in which to elect third party candidates this November.
Please make your vote count this election, and stand together with reason and capability. It’s a huge ask, and I know that it is not easy to cast a vote for a candidate that doesn’t match your ideology. But the only way to keep bacteria from spreading is to wash our hands of it.