Caution! Write In Campaigns Benefit Establishment GOP!Submitted by C_T_CZ on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 12:42
I am a long time Ron Paul supporter, and I understand perfectly why people want to write in Ron Paul. Probably like you, Ron Paul cured my political apathy. His message of Liberty lit a fire inside me that drives me to political action, unlike anytime before.
That said, I am against any write-in campaign for Ron Paul, and I strongly urge everyone to think twice about participating. Why? Here are some straightforward reasons:
1) In almost all states, write-ins won't be counted. Check here:
If your state is not green, writing in Ron Paul will not count, and worse may invalidate your entire ballot. Ron Paul has not filed for write in status anywhere, and no one can do it for him. Sore loser laws prevent write ins from counting in yet more states. It is truly a wasted vote in almost every state.
2) Write-ins for Ron Paul will split the Liberty vote. Imagine if you and others join a write-in campaign, and then find in November that Gary Johnson gets 9% of the vote, when he could have had 13% or 16% had we all voted as a block. The entire course of events in 2014 and 2016 change dramatically. With a write-in splitting the Liberty vote, media may be able to narrate that no third party broke double digits, giving them further justification to ignore us. However if we all vote for Johnson and he breaks double digits, there is no narrative that can ignore us.
3) Voting for Gary Johnson sends precisely the same message to the establishment GOP that a vote for Ron Paul would have sent. In fact, the establishment *wants* you to write in Ron Paul, just so you split the Liberty vote and provide justification for ignoring Liberty candidates and the Liberty message.
4) The Liberty Movement is best positioned for the future, if we not only demonstrate voting as a cohesive block, but also give weight behind a 3rd party candidate. Why? Because if the GOP continues to promote only neocon policies, if they continue to push top-down rules that prevent grassroots action and input, we must have an alternate avenue to express our political will. A strong Libertarian vote gives us all a credible, viable alternative to the GOP in the future, should the GOP continue to thwart all changes towards Liberty.
5) In 2014 and 2016, the entire landscape of the political world changes, to our benefit, if we all vote as a single block in 2012. All these write-in campaigns do is splinter our vote. There is nothing the establishment would want more than to splinter our vote. Don't give them the opportunity to ignore us further.
If all write-ins were counted everywhere, and if it were a viable strategy for advancing the Liberty Movement forward into 2014 and 2016, I'd be all behind them. However, from my standpoint I only see it fracturing our vote, giving the establishment the ability to literally ignore thousands and thousands of votes, and giving them maximum opportunity to ignore us in the future.
Is Gary Johnson perfect? Heck no. But is he a reasonable alternative to the two party system that crushes all chances for an outside voice in the process? Yes! Does he have 92.4% alignment in policies with Ron Paul? Yes! Will voting for Gary Johnson send the right message that we want to send? Yes! Does voting for Gary Johnson best position the Liberty Movement in the future? Yes!
We all will find positions of his that we don't like. Some will chime in about his stance on Uganda that they don't like. Some will point out that an old political advisor of his was associated to CFR, therefore somehow tainting Gary Johnson by association. Some will point to his pro-choice stance as a dealbreaker. Some will claim that he carries campaign debt, and somehow that makes him a bad candidate. Some will dig their heels in and say Ron Paul or no one.
As good (or bad) as these reasons may be, I urge everyone to put all this into proper perspective. Our goal here is to best position the Liberty Movement for the future. A write-in campaign, no matter how well intentioned, does nothing to advance the Liberty Movement for the future. Using any of the above excuses to not vote for Johnson, does nothing to advance the Liberty Movement for the future, and blows an opportunity that may take years to arise again.
Only a strong showing by a cohesive Liberty voting block will achieve what we all want to achieve in 2012, and tell both parties: The message of Liberty is what America is all about, and we reject outright parties and policies that are counter to this message!
For all of these reasons, I urge fellow Ron Paul Republicans, and Daily Paul readers, to get behind Gary Johnson and reject any ideas that will splinter his vote.