Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska recently penned a letter on Facebook, bemoaning the state of the election and pushing for another choice.
Sasse pointed out that to many Americans, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton appear “dishonest and have little chance of leading America forward.”
Despite his conservative views, Sasse gave voice to what many Democrats and Republicans are feeling. He specified that Americans know both parties are largely corrupt and do not represent the needs of their constituents. To compound this issue, both parties are now represented by the most unfavorable candidates in history: “There are dumpster fires in my town more popular than these two ‘leaders.’”
Sasse detailed a list of attributes he hoped a viable alternative candidate would possess, including being honest, unbought, and visionary.
His point was simple: that we, as a nation, deserve better than to vote against a presidential candidate rather than for a candidate.
“[The people] deserve better. They deserve a Congress that tackles the biggest policy problems facing the nation. And they deserve a president who knows that his or her job is not to ‘reign,’” Sasse wrote.
The fear of pulling a Ralph Nader and handing the election over to Trump is what prevented former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg from jumping into the race, and what will likely prevent a candidate such as Bernie Sanders from pursuing the independent path.
This election is being dictated by fear, and as Sasse expresses, that is fundamentally unfair to the American people, exposing the inherent failures that exist within the two-party system.
Sasse’s letter speaks for a majority of Americans who feel abandoned by the state of our democracy. While it may be logistically impossible to implement a successful 3rd party run this election cycle, the questions being raised can certainly help shift the future of our democracy going forward.
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