I tend to not get really political, but this year for some reason I decided to jump right in to political America.
Before the heat of the election started, I wanted to see where I stood with the different parties. With an abundance of information online, and quizzes, and comparative charts – I was told time and and time again that I was a Libertarian. This may not be entirely accurate, and to be honest the more I read about the application of Libertarianism… the less I agree with it. But hey for the purpose of this discussion, I’m going with it.
Wikipedia defines Libertarianism here.
So if there were a Presidential Candidate representing these ideals, and I fully agreed with these ideals- I would clearly vote for said person … ahem…. Gary Johnson – Right?
Not so fast.
Our political system is funny because everyone harps on you about how much voting matters – but at the end of the day the Electoral College decides who wins the Presidency. If there’s an Electoral tie, then the popular vote can break the tie, but if one person wins popular vote and the other wins electoral – the electoral takes the cake. That just plain sucks for people who would like to vote for someone other than a Republican or Democrat.
If I were to vote for Gary Johnson, my conscious might feel better, and maybe I did the “right” thing for my own personal beliefs but does that vote make a difference? I would say yes, and no. Of course it makes a difference to Gary Johnson and to support the movement of the Libertarian party as a whole. When they look at their numbers, hopefully there is a growing amount of people who are supporting new ideas and getting rid of 2 choice government. That being said… there is no way at this point in the election that Gary Johnson will win. I don’t care how idealistic you are, it’s just not going to happen.
The race is tightening down and I live in a battleground state. What does that mean? That means Ohio voters could break the Electoral College tie if it happens. Our vote counts a lot this year. Because of the way the systems are in place, if I were to vote for Gary Johnson when I knew that it was very possible Mitt Romney and Barack Obama could tie and have my state weigh in on the final decision – it would be like not voting at all, because really there are only two choices at this point in the game. Does that mean I would be voting for someone that perhaps wasn’t my first choice? Yeah. But sometimes you don’t get what you want people! Sometimes you have to realize that not enough people want what you want, and if you want an opinion in the masses you have to choose from whats available. It would be like going to an ice-cream store and wanting strawberry when they only serve chocolate and vanilla. You know strawberry exists and you think they should serve it … but they don’t. So guess what? chocolate, vanilla, or NO ice-cream at all.
The Libertarian Party, and other independent parties have to do a better job of getting their ideas out there in the public BEFORE its election season. They need much more time to gain the kind of momentum that the Republicans and Democrats already have by default.
That being said, who do I vote for then?
The lesser of two evils.
In my opinion this person is Mitt Romney.
If you do not wish to read my reasons for choosing to vote for Romney this term, please feel free to stop reading now.
I am going to limit my reasoning to reasons that I refuse to vote for Obama because I am more compelled by things that I know I don’t stand for, than things that I think I want.
1. Baby Killer!
Sorry to be so frank, but this issue disgusts me. Partial Birth Abortion is murder.
There’s a difference between abortion in the instance of rape or incest or danger to the mother. Though I personally don’t agree with it I understand everyone currently has a right to chose. Partial birth abortion can never be an option.
2. Religious Persecution
Sorry Obama. As much as you want everyone to pop the anti-prego pill…. you can’t tell Catholics that they have to hand out free contraceptives to their employees in a Catholic Hospital. Last time I checked there were lots of hospitals in America. If employees care so much about free birth control, they should go work somewhere else, it’s not like all hospitals are Catholic.
3. Unhealthy Taxes
If I hear one more thing about Obama-care I might puke. Who do you think is going to pay for this “free” healthcare people? It’s not free. It comes out of your check by the hundreds. You think it’s a good idea to require employers to pay for your insurance? Good luck finding a job, they will hire less of you if you cost more to hire. THINK. We shouldn’t be REQUIRED to buy/purchase/opt into anything regarding our health.
So there you have it. The top 3 Reasons I CANNOT vote for Obama.
As much as I would like to vote based on shear ideals – it does not help the situation that America will be in if this election ends up in a tie. At the end of the day my conscious feels much better choosing anyone besides Obama based on the issues that I previously listed.
These are just my opinions, and of course you’re welcomed to yours.
Happy Election Season People,
May the odds be ever in favor of the least evil candidate!