I know I know, its only September and all of you are already sick of politics. However, I NEVER post about politics so let me have this one chance to say everything (so that way you can go back to my regular posting theme ;0) )
Usually, I post about things after I do them, but I think in this instance that would be less effective. The purpose of this blog post is to share with you my personal reasons for voting as a 3rd party Libertarian in the upcoming National election (something that I’ve never done before!). Some of you have decided that your vote is private and personal. I understand that, however I want to publicly share my opinions about this special privilege that we have.
Most of you know who I’m married to, and that he uses his facebook page to share interesting articles related to politics, freedoms or lack thereof, and economics. I read some of his posts, usually he ends up sharing them with my whether I want to hear them or not ;0). Like you, I become very sick of politics. I hate it when people talk endlessly about something, instead of doing something. The past few years I have come to understand the importance in participating in politics as a Christian. Firstly, I believe that politics is like theology it may be nitty gritty and annoying, but it affects everything. It is easier to understand these things by understanding that theology is simply what we believe about God, and politics (VERY simply) is what we believe about the role of government in our lives.
I never cared about politics and elections, because I don’t like to participate in things where I can’t see the results. My eyes were opened when I first participated in “Lobby Day” at our state capitol. During this event we take the day to meet with our representatives and tell them which laws we do and do not like that are being proposed in the upcoming meetings. Through those discussions I felt involved, and I liked making my local government responsible to their customers.
Regarding this National election I have been following the campaign trail of Ron Pau quietly. In the 2008 election I was a very standard Republican. I liked McCain and Palin. On campus we have a spirit rock that was constantly painted with “Google Ron Paul.” I didn’t really care to listen to anything they had to say because I felt like his following was fanatical, and lacked tact in their arguments. For this election though, I read some of his articles on his website, and I found that he seemed like a very logical choice. Some of you may remember that I voted for him in the primary election. Ron Paul won many of the areas in Virginia!
Then the deciding factor in my November decision came from the actions at the Republican National Convention. Throughout Ron Paul’s campaign people have said that voting for him is a wasted vote, that there was no way that he could beat Mitt Romney for Republican candidate. Yet Paul persevered. He even won a few states! He won enough states to speak at the Republican National Convention. However, before the buses from those states could arrive to vote…the rest of the states voted to change the rules…stating that a candidate had to win more states (8 I think) in order to be considered. That is disgusting to me…it is an obvious attempt to prevent change that a large section of the Republican party wanted and this action pushes me over the edge.
I’m sorry last time that I checked I live in America. This nation that prides ourselves on having freedoms…and the decision to elect someone to run my country is only allowed to choose between two parties???? Seriously, ask yourself what is the point of that? In theory some may say that it fosters providing the American public with the two best choices (unlike going to Walmart and having 50 brands of the same item…that CAN be very overwhelming). The problem with that theory implies that currently we have the best two choices. In my opinion, however, the American public, the social conservatives have settled for Mitt Romney because it was decided “that he had the best chance to beat Obama.” Most people that I’ve spoken with do not even like Mitt Romney, but feel that “ANYBODY but Obama.” For the record, this is a flawed argument. Does the American public really need to lower our standards that the purpose of voting for our National leader has been reduced to someone who is simply not Obama?
Many of you vote very pragmatically (I’ve been like this), you see the point of voting to elect the best choice in president, who actually has the chance to be the president. I understand this position, but do not believe that a vote for someone who is unlikely to win is a “wasted vote.” In this election, it does not appear to me that main two candidates are very different. While they may have different worldviews, and one appears more conservative, when you compare their voting records they are similar. One side wants to censor the Internet in the name of family safety, and the other side wants to take away guns in the name of family safety, neither of which accomplish those goals through those actions.
Side note: I really struggle with the amount of Christians who so quickly endorse Mitt Romney as a potential future president. The fact that he is a Mormon is a big deal in my opinion. While this means that he may have a more conservative policies like believing in god and traditional marriage, he also is a member of a cult in my understanding. It is important to remember this; he is not like Christians and we should be careful to show how similar we are. Mormons are allowed to lie to non Mormons according to their doctrine. Also, if he wins I picture Mormons evangelizing saying, “let me share with you the faith of our president.” You think this is spewing hate, its not, simply truthful facts that would be much harder to say if he is elected president. It would probably become “hateful” to say that you believe that the president is a member of a false gospel teaching.
In this election it is obvious to me that something needs to change, that somethings need to be different. Some people believe that they can change this from within the Republican party, kudos to you, I hope it works. Voting is special to me, while some may protest for needed change by not voting, or writing in the name of Ron Paul I will vote for Gary Johnson someone who’s name will even be on the ballot come November, but yet the media does not share about him. If we have this third choice, why isn’t it being shared with us?
Even if my choice for president is not elected, I will not consider this a wasted vote. No matter who wins I believe that my vote will help produce change. Maybe the Republican party will recognize how they tossed off their Libertarian minded friends, and develop a platform based on smaller government (which is what really produces jobs). Maybe Obama will win again, and the social conservatives will become even more awakened, and locally more Republicans will be voted for. Local government is more effective in immediate change anyways.
Go to his website check him out: http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/ See if he makes sense to you. Maybe he’s worth your vote? Vote Libertarian one election, see if there is a difference.