Republican presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Johnson walks away from a campaign stop in Concord

It’s time to face the music: Both the Democrat and Republican choices for president this year are going to aide in tearing our country apart further than ever before, but for different reasons. On one side, we have a man who is pretty much the epitome of narcissism. He fails to admit his wrong-doing, he’s certainly not in it for the average American voter, and he was caught asking why we don’t use nuclear weapons more often three times within an hour. Hmmm… why DON’T we use them more often…?

Ah, now I remember! So, there’s one side, but what about the Democrats and their wonderful choice? Well, she basically represents everything that’s wrong with the democratic process! Money from every corporation and big bank that will give it to her? Check. Giving up the same kind of  secrets that got Snowden exiled a couple of years ago? Check. Good to know that if you’re powerful enough, you can get away with anything! Ah, Oligarchy at its finest.

So, where does that leave us? We have two people who are largely favored to win the election, but, for the first time since Ross Perot, there’s a chance that a Third Party candidate may make the Presidential Debate stage. While Jill Stein is a great lady, it doesn’t look like she’s going to muster up the support, and, to be quite frank, I prefer Gary Johnson’s platform better anyway. Considering he’s been polling as high as 13% in some polls, the possibility is coming closer and closer to becoming a reality every day. Considering only 9% of people in the country picked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton from their respective parties, there are a lot of people out there who are looking for a better answer, and there is one. Plus, well, when it comes to the others running for office…

But, despite the fact that Hillary and the Donald are batshit crazy, there are some people out there who still think that a vote for Gary Johnson would be “wasted.” I’m here to tell you, no, no your vote would not be wasted in voting for someone who isn’t going to run our country into the ground. In fact, a vote for Gary could ultimately win him the election based on weird things that could happen and the fact that most people get sick at the thought of voting for either of the two major party candidates. With all that being said, now I’m going to get the point. Here are 7 reasons I’m voting for Gary Johnson.

1. He Actually Tells the Truth

The words “honest” and “politician” usually don’t go together in the same sentence, but Mr. Johnson is honest to being near the point of fault. Ask him about his thoughts on pretty much anything, and he’ll lay it down for you.

2. His Stance on Marijuana

It’s no secret that most of America is cool with legalizing marijuana, and Gary is ready to take the logical approach to helping those with disabilities that could live better lives with marijuana. Wow, someone actually gets it.

3. He Called Donald Trump a Pussy

Well, at least someone had the balls to say it.

4. There’s The Fact That He Climbed Mt. Everest

I mean, when was the last time that someone who’s running for president climbed the tallest mountain in the world? Crickets.

5. He Actually Has Executive Experience

Being a Republican Governor in a blue state is no easy task, but Johnson did just that, and people loved him for his ability to reach across the aisle and, I don’t know… get thing done through compromise. Pretty crazy concept, huh?

6. Bill Weld Gets It

Not only do we have a presidential candidate who has experience to help lead the country, but so does his choice for VP, Bill Weld.

7. He Represents The Thoughts of Most Americans

Most people around the country are Libertarian, they just don’t realize it. While even I disagree with some of his stances, a lot of people out there simply want to live their lives as freely as possible while keeping the money they earn without the governments wasteful spending. Gary Johnson stands for our values in many ways. He’s not bought out, he considers every perspective and forms his own opinions without anyone to answer to. That’s the kind of leadership our country needs. That’s all there is to it.

It’s time to realize that the Third Party choice is the best hope we have in preserving America and making it better than ever.

Matt Teaford is a meatatarian, craft beer enthusiast, and follower of his spirit animal, which he believes to be a Kodiak Bear. He can often be found hiking in the backwoods of Kentucky or bragging about both his hometown of Cincinnati and expansive knowledge of music. Except Polka. He knows nothing about Polka.

Matt founded CityNova because he wants people to experience life for all that it’s worth. He also thinks that nap time should be offered by all employers. Since he found no such opportunity, he thought a startup might be his best chance.

He’s also a political Independent who vies for true transparency and accountability in government, but that’s neither here nor there…