Wednesday, 1 June 2016

“I am finally done with voting for the lesser of two evils… I am not just for Johnson/Weld 2016. I am *enthusiastically* for Johnson/Weld 2016.”

 

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No, New Zealanders can’t vote in the American presidential elections. (Can someone please inform the more rabid locals who hallucinate otherwise?)

One of the more sane Americans I know living in New Zealand can vote, however, and she’s enthusiastic about a third-party candidate with more experience than either of the big-party teams. Listen up:

I am finally done with voting for the lesser of two evils. I have reached my limit. Many of you who were much wiser than me reached this limit a long time ago.

I get the general fear factor over Trump. I’ve spent a lot of time, with equal parts horror and fascination, analyzing him. But I cannot in good conscience pull the lever for Hillary Clinton merely because she’d be more predictable with the nuclear launch codes, even though I've contemplated doing so. I think this deserves a brief diversion because my own FB wall has been a general avalanche of Trump articles for nearly a year now.

Hillary Clinton very likely had Vince Foster, and possibly a dozen other people connected to Whitewater, killed. Add to this all of the rest of her murderous and traitorous scandals of the past 20 years (PardonGate, SniperGate, FoundationGate, BenghaziGate, EmailGate).

None of this should ever, ever be forgotten in America's current range-of-the-moment, attention-span-of-a-gerbil, theater-of-the-absurd — in which otherwise decent people ponder casting a vote for a vile, predictable psychopathic killer in order to prevent a vile, unpredictable, vulgar, misogynistic, racist, would-be psychopathic killer from achieving the highest elected office in the world.

And while I have used the ‪#‎neverTrump‬ and ‪#‎neverHillary‬ hashtags in the past, I’m done with them now. My political views are not based on negatives and what I am against.

I am for the Constitution. I am for individual rights. I am for free markets. I am for liberty.

Gary Johnson fulfills most of the above. And here’s something even more important to me than a candidate’s ability to mouth the right platitudes: a clear record of course-correction on quite a few issues over the years. (I've watched him closely over the years, and I'd be happy to discuss those details in the comments for those who wonder what they are.) Johnson is not an inflexible person who cannot admit his mistakes or errors.

This ties into that matter of character. While Johnson might lack polish, he is a sane, compassionate, honest, decent, and accomplished man with mostly good ideas.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

Our individual votes matter little. Yet what we do to influence how others vote probably matters quite a lot.

This is why, like the porcupine in my avatar, I bristle when people go to great lengths to give endless disclaimers about Gary Johnson, as they admit they will maybe… probably... grudgingly… finally... vote for him.

With friends like that, who needs enemies?

I am not just for Johnson/Weld 2016. I am enthusiastically for Johnson/Weld 2016.

As if you couldn’t tell. :)

 

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3 comments:

  1. 'I am finally done with voting for the lesser of two evils.'

    Voting for the lesser of two evils is the best way to ensure that you will only ever have evil to vote for.

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  2. As if it is not bad enough that the clownish former New Mexico Gary Johnson gained the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, his favored choice, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld was voted in as the vice-presidential nominee.

    John Fund informs that in the past Weld has supported:

    Affirmative Action

    Gun Control

    and

    Expansive Environmental Regulations.

    He also appears to be some kind of industrial policy wacko. He told Reason:

    http://www.targetliberty.com/2016/05/the-horrific-william-weld-wins.html

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