Better of 2 equals?Submitted by paceme on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 18:20
Liberty Community, I have a question:
In Congressional, State, and local elections, if there is not a liberty candidate running in 2012, and assuming no other 3rd parties, and there isn't one that is willing... which is better, to support the candidate that most approximates a liberty outlook, or none at all?
Understanding that by voting for the better of two may yield a better environment or atmosphere for future libertarians, I am inclined to support that way. On the other hand, one would have to accept responsibility for votes that representative makes against liberty. Of course, if both candidates are statist, and it is discernible which one is more so, wouldn't it be our duty to vote for the lesser in order to slow the progress of statism until a liberty candidate ran?
If there were a 3rd party, or a libertarian in the primary, I would certainly not support the two most "electable" candidates if they were both establishment tools. I would instead vote for the liberty candidate or the 3rd party, so I am not advocating the "lesser of two" strategy. I am certainly not making any reference to such for the Presidential race, because as you know, I will be voting for Ron Paul.
So, to sum up... if there are only two... what to do?