Even though Ohio is now reportedly in a dead heat, many Ohio Libertarians and Libertarian Leaning Conservatives are still planning to either not vote, vote for Gary Johnson, or even write in Ron Paul.
Like them, I agree that Romney was not my first, second, or even third choice for the GOP candidate. And, like them I’m upset about how Ron Paul supporters were, and are, treated by the GOP. But, unlike them, I’m voting for Romney.
When I say I’m voting for Romney, many argue that I’m betraying my principles, ignoring the abuses of the GOP, and even allowing myself to be used, like a pawn, by Romney and the GOP.
But, I see it this way, point by point;
1) Ignoring My Principles: Not Hardly. To pretend that Gary Johnson can still win this year is beyond naïve. Even more so for Ron Paul. The reality is that Obama or Romney will win. (I’ll buy the most annoying Libertarian I know (he knows who he is), lunch weekly for a year if Johnson or Paul win on November 6, 2012.) So, when faced with the two actual choices, how am I abandoning my principles to vote against the person I see as farthest from them? If Obama and Romney were identically bad on 99 points but Romney was better on 1 of 100, Romney is still the logical choice.
2) Ignoring the abuses of the GOP: Seriously? I’m just stunned by the people who reference being angry with the GOP as if that’s something new. Duh! Of course we don’t like the establishment GOP! That’s exactly why we formed Tea Parties back in 09. In fact, I helped organize the first very Tea Party rally on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square in 2009 and have been active in the Tea Party ever since. If I liked the GOP or expected good things from them, I wouldn’t bother with the Tea Party. Folks need to check their expectations and get real.
3) Romney and the GOP are using people like me: Sorry, but they have it backwards when they say this. It is I and people like myself who are using Romney and the current GOP establishment. We have no illusions that Romney is the ultimate answer. We just want to slow the bleeding while we continue to build liberty groups to the point where we can install the more liberty minded candidates we all want instead of these big government solution Keynesian types we’ve always been stuck with. It is we who will discard the GOP old-guard big government types when they no longer represent the best available option.
For those wanting to make a statement vote, I ask you this: What was the impact of those who made a statement vote in 2000, 04, or 08? (insert the sound of crickets here)
And, for those in Ohio, where we have a 50% chance of determining the election outcome (or in any battleground state): Are you really sure you’re willing for your individual vote to be the one that gives us four more years of Obama and 1 or 2 more Liberal Supreme court justices that we could have to live with for decades? Better be sure…