One of those two will be president.
Yes, that is the unfortunate reality, and too many people seem happy to play along with this stupid game. The Republican party is telling you "the other candidate is awful and unqualified, we know that our candidate isn't perfect and is in fact disliked by a majority of the country, but you have to vote for us to stop the other candidate". Meanwhile, the Democratic party is telling you "the other candidate is awful and unqualified, we know that our candidate isn't perfect and is in fact disliked by a majority of the country, but you have to vote for us to stop the other candidate". The media pushes that same narrative, in addition to saying that no other candidate has a chance so no one else should be included in debates (which is a self-fulfilling prophecy) or receive anything near to the airtime that we give the Republicans and Democrats, because we know that they will reward us with interviews and access so we'll play the game and act like 2 parties represent the majority of the country.
People like you accept that, you understand that, hey, maybe the 2 candidates this time around aren't the best, but I'm sure it will be different next time. They'll stop beating me soon, because they love me. No reason to try and change anything about how the system is set up, right? The Democrats and Republicans enshrined this system in 1988 to ensure that they would always be in power because that's in our best interest. We need either a Democrat, or a Republican. No one else can represent America, if you're American then you fit into one of those two boxes, period. Keep anyone else out of the debates, vote for the candidate that you hate the least, and remember, next time it will be better and we'll stop beating you soon.
Oh, and thanks for playing.
You don't have much clout as an individual, but you can at least use the little you have.
That's funny, because that is the specific justification that I use to not vote for either of them. Trump or Clinton would never even notice if I voted for them. Other candidates would appreciate my vote much more, and if enough of us feel like I do, then maybe we can force the media to change their coverage and work towards an actual difference in the next election cycle instead of the same shit cycle repeating itself again. Utah looks like they might send their electoral votes to a third candidate, and I'd love to see "smaller" candidates beat out one of the two majors in several other states. It would send a message that the media has their heads up the asses of the major parties, and that they don't represent the interests of the public any more than the parties do. That kind of change won't happen if I vote for Trump or Clinton.
But, hey, if you want Donald J. Trump to be your representative to the world and the person in charge of the most powerful military on the planet, you go ahead and vote for him. That's not what I want, so I'm not going to vote for him. I don't want Clinton in power either, so I'm not going to vote for her either. I'm still voting, just not for either of them. I'm done playing the game where they try to scare you about the opponent so badly that they guilt you into voting for them even though you don't even like them. I refuse to vote for someone that I actively dislike just because the other half of the same machine put up a candidate even more frightening.
Must just be my inner two year old talking though, so thanks for the outright dismissal. I'm sure you're operating on a much higher level than I am, a level that has allowed you to convince yourself that voting for Donald Trump to be the President Of The United States somehow makes sense.