Until this year I have never had friends actively concerned with how I plan to vote. This of course wouldn’t be an issue if they believed that I was going to vote for one of the two entrenched political parties. However, when I tell them I am voting for a third party (Libertarian) the response is almost immediate. “Your wasting you vote! There are only two parties that have a chance to win, why on earth are you wasting your vote?”
I understand their motivation behind wishing me to get on the band wagon and vote for their candidate. I can even understand wanting me to vote against the perceived evil of the apposing party. Some friends are justifiably concerned with the risk to their right to defend themselves with firearms. Others are scared to death of loosing a woman’s right to choose to abort an unborn human. Some of my friends have expressed dismay that anyone with a brain would vote Republican, and others express the same view of the other Party. It seems that many people are more afraid of the other party wining than hopeful for their party’s success; this is why negative political ads are so effective.
All I can say is vote for principle. Cast your vote and try not to agonize over the choices of others.
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” ~John Quincy Adams
If you are a die hard Democrat that truly believes in what they stand for (what ever that is) by all means vote for the Democratic candidate. Same with the Republican Party, if they are in line with your political leanings then cast your vote accordingly. Since I feel that the Republicans have joined with the Democrats and are working towards socializing America, my choice is clear.
I will be voting Libertarian.
Do I like every single aspect of the Libertarian Party? No.
Do I support every single viewpoint of the current candidate? No.
Do you support every single viewpoint of your candidate or party?
If so, you’re either lying or not looking hard enough.
“If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves” ~Thomas Sowell
Voting for a party that you disagree with in an effort to prevent a party that you feel is even more deplorable from entering office is wrong.
Voting for the lesser of two evils is still settling for evil.
Every vote for the loosing party is a wasted vote, so is every vote that exceeds the number required to win. It doesn’t mean that those votes are not counted.
Please do not tell me I am wasting my vote. It is as insulting to me as telling a Republican he or she is wasting their vote by voting for a rightwing imperialist Nazi hatemonger, or telling a Democrat that he or she is wasting their vote by voting for a left wing nut job communist radical who is bent on destroying America.
“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.” ~William E. Simon
Not voting, or voting while un-informed, or voting out of fear, is a wasted vote.