Walter Block on voting for Gary JohnsonSubmitted by Benjamin Vander Jagt on Wed, 08/29/2012 - 20:06
Edit: OOPS! I mistook this as an article from Lew Rockwell. It's from Walter Block. I've revised the post. My apologies. (Oh, and for what it's worth, I found myself absolutely fascinated by what Walter Block said at the We Are The Future rally! I wish he had more time to talk on the subject.)
For anyone interested in what Walter Block had to say earlier in the year about what he would do in the event Ron Paul didn't get the nomination, here are the relevant paragraphs. It's something to think about. I probably find myself in agreement with him in these sections, except that I would add that the only way we can get a three-term Obama presidency is for Romney to win in November, making Obama again the preferred candidate over Romney.
http://lewrockwell.com/block/block204.html sections 5 and 6:
5. Who will be better for the country? Mitt Romney or Barack Obama?
According to this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWDJEc92d38&feature=player_em...), there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two of them. I disagree. One reason is, say what you will about Obama, at least he is not a weathervane, changing policy every time the political wind veers. He sticks to his horrendous socialist policies, come rain or shine. The same cannot be said for Romney. Choosing between them is difficult, in that we really don’t know what one of them will do (ask the generals? Ask the lawyers? Ask John Bolton?) However, attempting to look beneath the fog put out by the weathervane, in my view Obama is likely to be slightly better on foreign policy than Romney. And, I think this arena more important than the other two, economic and personal liberty, however much all three of them are intertwined. I favored Obama over John McCain in 2008 on this foreign intervention ground (http://www.lewrockwell.com/block/block99.html), and I now support our sitting president vis a vis Romney for that reason too.
6. Who to vote for in the fall?
Fortunately, our choices are not limited to a "progressive" socialist or a weathervane fascist. There is indeed a third option: Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party. Again, on the assumption that our man Ron Paul is not in the running in November, this seems like a no brainer. Gary Johnson is no Murray Rothbard. He is no Ron Paul. But compared to Romney and Obama? It is no contest. The counter argument is, a vote for Johnson is a vote for Obama. So what? I favor Obama over Romney in any case.