IMHO, many of the thoughts expressed in this thread are how we ended up with Trump in 2016, and why he may end up getting re-elected in 2020.
We have thoughtful, sane people who are apparently doing their best (even if is not their intention) to ensure that we re-elect the most corrupt, mendacious, incompetent, and unfit person to ever fill the office of the U.S. presidency.
The U.S. has never elected a third-party candidate for President in its history of presidential elections. There is no indication whatsoever that this will be any different in 2020.
So what are third-party voters trying to accomplish, other than to make it more likely that Trump will be re-elected? And it is my firm opinion that a re-elected Trump will do more damage to our country and the world than we can imagine.
Just off the top of my head, his re-election will guarantee the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Health Organization (WHO). There is little doubt Trump will pull the U.S. out of NATO in a second term, according to Bolton and others. Not to mention the continuing erosion of the judicial process and rule of law in the United States.
Trump has already used the power of the federal government against those his disagrees with, but so far this has been largely limited to firing people (like Comey, McCabe, and Vindman). This is bad enough. However, in recent months Trump has shown disturbing tendencies toward using the Justice Department to take criminal action against his political enemies. Back in May, he retweeted a video in which a supporter says, “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” He has stated that the free press is is “truly the enemy of the people." How long before he starts utilizing the awesome power of the U.S. federal government to make good on his threats?
Not to mention the current pandemic. The missteps of the Trump administration are directly responsible for the deaths of tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of Americans. It didn’t have to be this way. Other countries have manged to get this pandemic under control. The only other countries doing as poorly as the U.S. are countries with an equally incompetent national government and an equally incompetent government response, like Brazil.
The upcoming election is not one of choosing between two evils, like choosing between a modern-day Hitler and Stalin. It is clear that one candidate is far better than the other. Even if you don’t agree with everything that Joe Biden stands for, don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. Especially when the alternative is very, very bad for the country and the world.