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1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. - Our 'NO' Vote!

I've been considering this verse recently. I happen to live in one of the states (MT) that will not have Ron Paul as a Write-In Candidate for president.

In fact, we only have Obama, Romney, & Gary Johnson on our ballot.

As I have found that I could have only voted for Ron Paul, and in thinking about how Dr. Paul has been nicknamed Dr. No for many years, because of his stances to stand for the Constitution, I think the only right thing to do in my state is to 'Abstain' at least for voting for president.

Why bother trying to pick one of the lesser of evils?

Obama is going to be our president for the next 4 years, but Ron Paul is going to remain my president in my heart. Romney & Johnson are going to be afterthoughts soon after the election is over, yet Ron Paul's message will still go on, and continue to grow.

August 28th, 2012 will be known as the day that the GOP Establishment became finished at the RNC in Florida. Most of us have known that already, but it hasn't sunk in for many sheeple yet.
But, it will. Ron Paul's message is going to grow all the more, with the failures of the GOP Establishment, and the failures of the Democratic Party too.

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I believe you can

Write in Virgil Goode.

Oh, I do believe abstaining can very well be a positive action.

I'm not giving in to voting for Obama, Romney, or Johnson.
Political consequences don't mean anything to me, nearly as much as sticking with voting on principle.
How many times has a bill come up in 30 years that has been put in Ron Paul's face as "The most important bill of all time, and if you don't vote with us, you're against us." by fellow Republicans who have never read the Constitution.

I know full well that in my state, Montana is a red state, just as Washington is a blue state. Romney is going to win Montana, just as Obama is going to win Washington. Johnson is no Ron Paul, and there are reasons why I can't vote for any of them.

Like I said in the original post. Obama is going to win, and Romney & Johnson are going to be afterthoughts. Ron Paul's "MESSAGE" will go on. Ron Paul's rEVOLution will go on.

So, in voting my conscience, it would have been a vote for Ron Paul if he were in the running, or been a write-in if he was one on our ballot. Since it is not, but I will certainly have other local candidates, referendums, and initiatives to vote for on my ballot, I will 'Abstain' at least for president, as I can not in my conscience give my consent (my vote) for any of those 3 other guys.

You are not alone

See here:

I could quote other Scripture to back us up all day but you'll find one contained in that post that will help you as well.

Hugs, SCB

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

"they don’t see the consequences exactly the same"

about sums it up I'd say. I just love RP. :)

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

Sins of omissions count, too

I'm not going to tell you what option is the most good. I consider choosing to not support good men who happen to be deceived but are still actively battling corruption and evil, to be a kind of evil, too. I wish you the best in figuring out the most righteous option ^_^

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

The "sin of omission"

would depend on each state's ballot would it not?

1st let me say that my first vote was cast for Reagan and I've never not voted since I turned 18.

I've looked at the candidates on the SC ballot and don't feel a "sin of omission" regarding not voting. I do know though that I will have to give an account "one day" for all my choices. I've really boiled it down to "all this is window dressing" but the vote for your county/parish sheriff. Should my sheriff ever become opposed, I'll get out and vote (maybe).

Being a libertarian, I would think it would be okay "to not vote" if that's what my conscious tells me?

I would go GJ had I not heard RP (over and over) state: "Without life there is no liberty, without liberty there is no life". To me it can't be any more plain than that and why GJ doesn't get that "as a Libertarian" and all, is beyond me.

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

Appearance of Nothing

Doing nothing can be considered evil, too.

The Libertarian Party has "none of the above" on all ballots, internally, and that, at least, allows the voters, if a majority, to disqualify all the candidates, and start over (as actually happened this year for our national chair). We favor making this an option for the public, too.

However, no one will know how you voted or did not vote, so the discussion is probably moot, and I do think you can abstain from principle.

On the other hand, voting for any candidate who "cannot win" does send a message that you disapprove of the dominant party candidates or their selection process. Voting for Gary Johnson when he can't win contributes to steering this ship in a new direction since most candidates and incumbents follow trends.

An uptick in the LP result would definitely produce changes in the way incumbents act and increase the LP's leverage for influencing them.

One state LP called all their legislators and said that if they voted for a tax increase, they would run a candidate against them in the next election. The tax increase did not pass. The LP's role in the return to freedom is to use their leverage and to provide alternatives so that voters don't have to drop out, but can still do some good.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

wouldn't writing Ron Paul in...

at least make a statement? It would give voice to your conscience and might even possibley wake someone else up. "Abstain" is action, not passivity as in "do nothing"... Anybody can stay home and sit on his ass and do nothing, it takes some moral fiber to go against the grain and do something that everyone else says is meaningless. Regardless of what anyone says, someone is going to be keeping a record of RP write ins if only for curiosity's sake...

Respectfully W-B

I think you missed what was said.

I too live in a state that DOES NOT ALLOW "write-ins" (SC). We have already been to the elections board to try to figure out how to jimmy our way around the system.

Here is the letter explaining SC write-ins (answers in italics):

From: "Whitmire, Chris"
Sent: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 1:52 PM
Subject: RE: Questions regarding presidential election

Here are my answers to your questions:
I was told that South Carolina does not provide an option for write-in candidates for the presidential office. 
This is true.  State law prohibits write-ins for President and no write-in space is provided on ballots for the Office of President.
I also heard there's a possibility of writing someone in, if you request a paper ballot or use an absentee ballot.  Are either of those options true?
No, a write-in vote for President would not be counted.
I was also told that if a person who uses a paper ballot or absentee ballot does hand write someone in for president that the rest of the ballot will be invalidated & it will void all other votes for the other candidates.  Is that true?
No, if a voter were to write a name in under the Office of President, it would not invalidate the rest of the ballot.  Assuming votes were cast properly for other offices on the ballot, those votes would be counted according to law.  However, writing a candidate’s name in for President and marking a ballot candidate’s name could draw into question the voter’s intent and could invalidate any vote for President.  Regardless, it would not affect the rest of the ballot.
I'm assuming that anyone who uses the electronic voting machine will not have an option to write someone in, so that won't affect any of the other candidates. 
Correct, there is no option to write-in a candidate for the Office of President on an electronic voting machine.
If you have further questions, please let me know.
Thank you
Chris Whitmire
Director of Public Information & Training
South Carolina State Election Commission 
Post Office Box 5987
Columbia, S.C. 29250
Tel: 803.734.9070
Fax: 803.734.9366

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

thanks SC

didn't know that it wasn't even possible electronically; however, it looks like on a paper ballot at least local elections will still be counted even if Dr. Paul is written in...

We have those light pen thingies

at the SCDMV to sign our names onto our driver's licenses - so you know that the technology is there to "electronically write in" but the whole electronic thing is rigged anyway so why bother?

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer