Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Voting Dilemma

LibertyLibertarian Orphans. Who do you vote for? Tax and Spend Donks, or Religious Fanatic Repugs? I think the last time I voted for politician I actually liked, it was Reagan.

Gallup sees the breakdown of the American public as follows:
  • Liberal = 24%
  • Conservative = 27%
  • Populust = 20%
  • Libertarian = 20%
  • Undefined = 10%
libertarian, opposing the use of government either to "promote traditional values" or to "do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses." Another 20% are "populist" (supporting government action in both areas)
So how do I cast a vote?
With big-government conservatives spending money like Imelda Marcos in a shoe store, and big-government liberals supporting the Patriot Act, even pro-government populists are represented in D.C. It's the libertarian voters who are orphans. Democrats stand like a wall against tax cuts and Social Security privatization. Republicans want to ban abortion, gay marriage and "Happy Holidays." It's not just Congress -- in Virginia's recent elections, all the Democrats were tax-hikers and all the Republicans were religious rightists. What's a libertarian to do?
The truth is we need either another party, or we need a STRONG libertarian wing of the Republican party. The Libertarian Party in my (first amendment protected) opinion is insane. Until that time I will continue to hold my nose and vote for the lesser of two evils.

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