Several weeks ago, when the Republican Party announced Gov. Palin’s selection, I remarked to a few folks that this might be enough to pull me back to the party.
I had previously announced to some of those same folks that I was voting Libertarian this year. I have come to the realization that the 2 leading parties are entirely too similar to each other, and that most members of those parties are more interested in beating the other party, than in what’s best for the country. The federal government has grown too large to be effective, and both leading parties are more concerned with how to maintain and grow that power than they are with trying to lead the country.
In 2004, I had also announced to friends that I was voting Libertarian. I panicked at the last minute though, and voted Republican. I said at the time that while I wasn’t sure that Bush was the best choice for the country, I was sure that Kerry was wrong, and I was concerned about Ohio going to Kerry.
This year, I thought I was in a similar position. I feel that neither Democrat nor Republican is what’s best for the country. Both tickets have issues. If I were pressed to choose from those two parties, I’d vote for McCain/Palin. I think they’re less wrong for the country than Obama/Biden.
But voting for what’s less wrong is still voting for the wrong thing. We’re paying far too many dollars in taxes to support a government with far too much power. The Libertarian Party best represents my feelings for what’s right for the country, so I’m voting Libertarian this year.
There are those who say that I’m throwing my vote away, or wasting it, and that the Libertarians have no chance of winning. Yet, this year, they are on the ballot in enough states to take 270 electoral votes, despite efforts to keep them from the ballot, or ignore electoral laws in favor of other parties.
Take a look at the Libertarian platform. See if you agree with the planks there. Decide if you want to support a government that is increasingly intrusive in our lives, or if you want to support a government that remembers who it works for.