Why I'm Voting For Gary JohnsonSubmitted by sarx on Tue, 11/06/2012 - 08:57
Like many I have been debating who to vote for. I live in Virginia, a battle-ground state. My options are to write in Ron Paul, vote for Virgin Goode, or vote for Gary Johnson. I made my decision this week to vote for Gary Johnson, but not for the reasons you may think.
I actually do not think GJ is very Libertarian. He is
pro-death pro-choice, which to me shows that he is only partially Liberty minded from the beginning. I'm not a single issue voter, but if I was, this would be it. I am a liberty loving American who believes in a very limited government. However, protecting life is one function of Government that is valid, especially the defenseless.
Additionally, GJ is for federal involvement on other issues like gay marriage. He thinks it should be protected at the Federal level. I think gays should have their rights protected and their liberty to live how they want defended. However, marriage is simply a religious thing. The best Libertarian position is to leave the government out of marriage and keep it a religious issue. Protect the rights of homosexuals but leave the government out of marriage. And the same thinking applies to most issues. However, GJ is not always on board with that paradigm. These are just some of the reasons why voting for GJ was not very appealing to me.
I overcame these objections because of two reasons. First, GJ will not win. Not only will he not win, but for the most part the POTUS has no real control over some of the issues I mentioned above, like Roe v. Wade. So, even though I strongly disagree with GJ's position on
killing innocent babies abortion, I can ethically vote for him because I know that he will not win, and that he would have little impact on the issue if he did.
The second reason I overcame my objections to GJ and decided to vote for him is because it will make more of an impact. Especially since I live in a battle ground state my vote will 'count' more. By voting for GJ and the Libertarian party it sends a message to the MSM and the country that we are FED UP (pun intended) with the two party sham. My goal and hope is that the Libertarian party garners enough support to become relevant and recognized on the national level. Like Ron Paul, I believe that through education and honest dialogue we will move the country to our way of thinking. My hope in voting for GJ is that I can play some small part in that effort.
So, what about you?