Those of us who vote for third parties do so primarily because we feel that the Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same coin, beholden to special interests and lobbyists, offering no real change. We feel they are groups who do not represent our own personal, moral, political, ethical views and concerns. We feel that voting for them would be a wasted vote. And so, we vote Libertarian, Socialist, Green, Constitutional, and all the other viable third-party choices that we are given.

And every year, we are mocked and derided for participating in our patriotic duty, told that we are wasting our vote by people who we feel just wasted their vote.