To vote for Rand or not to vote for RandSubmitted by Brad.king92 on Sun, 03/24/2013 - 11:36
I often have disputes with myself over whether or not voting for Rand Paul (or voting and participating in politics in general) is a good idea. I think I have come to a conclusion.For a long time, I was against taking political action or participating in the system at all. I felt that by voting, you are doing nothing but giving credibility to the political process. The farthest I ever wanted to go was voting for Ron Paul in the primaries. Like Ron Paul said in his farewell speech, political action, whether it be voting or running for office, is not how Liberty will win in the end. In the end, we will win by changing the hearts and minds of people. However taking political action can help us to achieve major victories in the short run. One example is in Colorado and Washington where Marijuana was legalized. Or in many other States where they have nullified legislation like the NDAA. It may be true that political action may seem to give credibility to the system. But I bet none of you are willing to say that those examples are a bad thing for the movement, even though they were brought about by the current political system.
In short, I really like Rand Paul. He is definitely not a Libertarian and he is certainly not like his father but at the same time I know that if he is elected president he will fight to accomplish many things that will be a huge victory if accomplished. He will fight to audit and end the fed, scale back on drug policy, end the TSA, end HUD, end the department of education, and maybe even scale back the wars. I think all these facts are worth voting for him. It would not be an example of voting for a lesser of two evils.
I don't like the fact that Rand sucks up to the GOP and tells them what they want to hear (the exact opposite of what Ron did). But if another establishment candidate is elected and starts another war. I don't think any of us will be able to sleep at night knowing that we refused to vote for the candidate who may have stopped this just because we didn't like his strategy.
however, if another candidate, such as Napolitano, chooses to run, I'm throwing my support behind him.