“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
Just filled out my ballot today. I made sure to make a copy, even though I know my vote will count in Iowa. I actually called the Secretary of State’s office as well as the county auditor, just to make sure it counts.
I keep hearing on Facebook that a vote for Ron Paul is a wasted vote, and that if I were a true Libertarian, I would give my vote to Gary Johnson. Actually, Johnson is constantly pounded into my head, endorsed on my wall, and filling up my email. A couple of things, folks.
I am not a Libertarian.
I may have some Libertarian leanings. I could care less about gay marriage, however , I think that comes more from atheism than anything else. I don’t care who you love or sleep with; it’s not my business. I am married…a “gay” marriage doesn’t threaten my marriage, nor do I have a religious issue with homosexuality. While it is not my preference, I simply do not care. I think we have more important issues to be concerned with. Which leads me to the next subject…
I am NOT pro-choice, at least not in the sense that liberals are. While I don’t feel that it’s the governments’ business to interfere with an individual’s decisions, I am a mom, and abortion is something that I cannot condone. Now…do I think it should be outlawed? No. Why not? Outlawing abortion will not make it go away, but it will make it less safe. Women have been doing it for thousands of years; that is not going to change. But, while it is legal it is supervised. And, we have some control. We can demand education on adoption as a viable alternative. Outlaw abortion, and you will see just what the consequences are in terms of the lives of beautiful children. Rather than performed in a medical setting, you will lose women to back alley abortionists and unwanted babies to dumpsters. Education and prevention is key.
Gary Johnson is purported to support continued drone attacks on Pakistan and Yemen. I have friends in Pakistan that worry about their children walking to school every single day. Americans are the boogeyman because we are BOMBING them, not because the Imam is preaching against us. We can’t seem to learn that being the bully is not the solution…under whatever “humanitarian” guise we try to label it.
Israel? Not my problem. Not my business. Johnson believes that we need to maintain aid and alliance with Israel. I say I would rather that my neighborhood have a new pool, my neighbors and I pay lower taxes and my kids get a better education. Israel should pay for Israel.
Iran? The most ridiculous lie of them all, straight from the establishment Look at Saddam, look at Gaddafi, look at GOLD, and then look at Iran. Pretty easy to put together, and guess what? It does not involve WMD.
So…back to my ballot. We may have lost the race, but we have not lost sight of the goal. I am GOP…I will not change. Giving up is giving in.
You own your vote; I own mine. Neither one of us have a chance in this election. However, I suggest that you be selfish. Vote for YOU. And get involved locally and at the state level. 2012 may be a lost cause, but 2014 and 2016 are not. Promote liberty as you see fit, but don’t come down on others for making choices that are different from yours, if it’s all aligned to the same goal.
Vote Gary Johnson or vote Ron Paul…vote according to what YOU believe, not what others are telling you to do. It’s your decision, and the consequences are yours as well, Just be sure that you are willing to accept them
I am honored to be a part of this movement with all of you, whatever your decision may be. Together, we change the course of our nation, even if it is with baby steps.
“The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.”