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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, these two names that have been at the forefront of the American news since both declared their intent to run for president over a year ago. Both have successfully claimed the nominations of their party and now the two are focusing on the general election. However, there are more than just two candidates  running for the  presidency. One of these unknown candidates is the former governor of New Mexico,and the Libertarian nominee for president, Gary Johnson.

“I do not know who Gary Johnson is,” says Junior Cameron Cook.

Cook is not the only one who has never heard of Johnson. He and many of his classmates are completely oblivious to who Johnson is, and that he is running for President.

“I think he comes out looking more moderate, where he wouldn’t if [Trump and Clinton] weren’t polar opposites,” says Government and Economics Teacher, Jenna Griner.

One of the reasons very few people know about Johnson is because most media outlets do not feature him and he has not been invited to attend the Presidential Debates.

“He is a presidential candidate so he should be able to attend the Presidential debate,” says Junior Ian McDowell.

Gary Johnson, as the Libertarian candidate, is a supporter of small government and limiting the power of the federal government. This is the complete opposite of our system of government today, which places the majority of power in the hands of Washington D.C.

“I believe the federal government should have enough power to keep the reins on the states, but not enough to control everyone’s lives,” says Cook.

Since most students do not know who Johnson is, very few know about his experience as Governor of New Mexico and what he learned while in office.

“I think [his policies are] based on his experience in New Mexico, and I can understand why he thinks small government is better,” says Griner.

During the 2012 Presidential election, Gary Johnson was only able to gain 0.9% of the popular vote. Despite that number falling extremely short of Obama’s 51% and Mitt Romney’s 47%, it was the most votes a third party candidate has earned in decades.

“I think people vote mostly Democratic or Republican because they always have and their parents did and their grandparents did, and their opinions and values just roll over to the next generation,” says Cook.

The Democratic and Republican parties have the majority of control over our country.These two parties face very little competition from third parties and are often seen as the only two parties that could possibly win a presidential election.

“Most people see a vote for a third party candidate as a throw away vote, that it doesn’t count,” says Griner.

Two party politics, which can be described as a never ending fight between Democrats and Republicans, is described as one of the worst things that could happen to our country under the Constitution.

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution,” said Congressman and former president John Adams.

And this opinion has been carried into the modern age as well.

“I do not think two-party politics is a good form of governing because it polarizes people and restricts choices and options, which is never a good thing in a democracy,” says Griner.

America is one of the few countries with only two main parties. India currently has six national parties, but over 1700 unofficial parties that participate in the thousands of local elections.

“I think there should be more parties because there are a lot of other countries that have more than two parties,” says McDowell.

Regardless of who wins the election this November, the way in which candidates are considered will be changed, and the future of American voting will no longer be a choice between the lesser of two evils.

“I think this is the first election in a very long time where voting for a third party candidate could make a major impact and draw attention to the flaws in the two-party system,” says Griner.

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