The Ron Paul and Gary Johnson ConundrumSubmitted by sovereignjanice on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 09:38
I'm at a point where I really don't care anymore. I do a ton of work for the cause of liberty without compensation just to come to the DailyPaul and find people bumping heads over Ron Paul and Gary Johnson. I'm sick of it.
If Ron Paul doesn't get the Republican nomination then I'm going to have to choose between Gary Johnson or none of the above because Illinois (to the best of my knowledge) only allows write in candidates if that person has sent in a Declaration of Write-In and I don't see Ron Paul doing that. If I put in Ron Paul on my ballot if he's not the Republican nominee then they won't even count it. Not even if I do it as a protest vote. That's the only reason I'm considering this choice because I want to be counted.
I'm going to vote in the general election regardless because there are more liberty people to vote for in my state in addition to the president, and there most likely will be in your state as well: http://www.dailypaul.com/242897/updated-list-of-liberty-cand... That DOES NOT mean that I'm giving up on the RNC or giving up on trying to get Ron Paul REPUBLICANS elected to office. I have been and always will promote change in the Republican party both for public office and central committees. That would never change.
So aside from the other liberty candidates, I will have the choice of either voting for Gary Johnson or leaving that area blank. I think if RP doesn't get the nomination, the Ron Paul vote will be split between Ron Paul write ins and votes for Gary.
I can only speak for myself, but if you're a Ron Paul supporter and won't be able to write in RP, I don't hold it against you one bit if you vote for GJ. Gary is not my first choice and if I could I would most definitely vote Paul first and foremost. However, Gary is a liberty candidate and I can't fault someone for voting for a liberty candidate.
Hate GJ all you want, but keep in mind that if a Paul supporter votes Johnson in the general election, it might not be because they're turncoats. It might be because circumstances prevent them from voting RP otherwise.