Examiner: Could an Independent Presidential Candidate Actually Make an Impact in 2016

(The following was originally published in Examiner.)

The 2016 presidential election is inching closer by the day and as Congress and President Obama watch their approval ratings plummet, one must ask whether it’s time to ditch the two party system.

At Midnight on October 1st, 2013, Democrats and Republicans were unable to come to an agreement and the federal government was put on pause and for 16 days was shut down. Recent polls showCongress holding a pathetically low 10 percent approval ratingand President Obama has seen his approval rating drop to a two year low of 43 percent. Democrats and Republicans continue to point fingers at oneanother, deflecting blame back and forth like a game of ping pong. While Democrats have offered a much more rational solution to the country’s fiscal problems, the American people seem to be getting tired and fed up with all politicians in Washington and at a local level.

As both major political parties find themselves in the doghouse with the American people, the thought of a third-party making noise in the upcoming election is, if nothing, intriguing. The first and major obstacle a third-party candidate would have to endure is the most obvious, money. Before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United in 2010, essentially giving corporations the right of free speech and the ability to spend unlimited money in elections, a 3rd party candidate had trouble getting through to the American people on a national level.

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