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US Congress Texas 17th District

There are many good reasons for Texans to vote third party this year, since many Texans today don’t agree with a lot of the political positions of the two major parties. One reason is that this year’s election will not be close. In a deep red state like Texas, Donald Trump will easily win Texas. In a deep red district like Texas Congressional 17, Republican incumbent Bill Flores will handily win re-election. Consequently, Texans who don’t agree with Trump and Bill Flores on many issues can vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson for president and Libertarian Clark Patterson for Congress, without worrying that their third party vote will throw the election to the Democrats. In fact, if you disagree with Trump and Flores on immigration and free trade but vote for them anyway, you’re wasting your vote since your vote not will not be differentiated from the anti-immigration and anti-free trade Trump and Flores voters. So on many issues this year like free trade, Gary Johnson and Clark Patterson are both more Republican and more conservative than Trump and Flores.

Ironically, on some other issues, we’re also more Democratic and liberal than Hillary Clinton. For example, Clinton supported the Iraq War, the PATRIOT Act twice, and the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, all positions that Libertarians strongly oppose. So if Texas voters disagree with Clinton on these issues but vote for Clinton anyway, they’re throwing away their votes since their votes will not be distinguished from the votes of the pro-war, anti-civil liberties Clinton voters.

Finally, when voting, Texans should remember that Democrats and Republicans today, unlike Libertarians, offer them little more than lip service on the really major long-term issues facing the US, like the $19,540,000,000,000 national debt and our current unfunded liabilities of $84 trillion – problems that Americans will one day have to address. Neither major party today is serious about entitlement reform. When today's millennials reach retirement age, there will be almost nothing left in the Social Security and Medicare trust funds.

Again, this year’s electoral races at the federal level will not be close. Texans should, therefore, utilize the opportunity this year to vote third party by voting Libertarian.