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A Vote for the “Lesser”

The midterm elections are at hand. In less than 40 days, we will be voting again. My how time does fly.

I’ve been reading a bit about our candidates here in Minnesota and must say, I’m not impressed. There is a state auditor and perhaps even a representative in my area worth voting into office. The rest seem to be the same prosaic politicians belching ballyhoo to boondoggle the body. Man, I love a good thesaurus.

I hope to find electable candidates in my research to cover all offices, but the pickings are slim to none. It may require toning down my liberty-minded ideals a jot just to vote in a few, while still being able to look people in the eye after the elected inevitably let me down, but I will not vote on a “lesser of two evils” purpose just in order to cast a vote. There I draw the line.

Daryl Luna, writing for The Humble Libertarian, said it best this week.

Too often we are told to choose the lesser of two evils and support one of the major party candidates even if neither represent the values we desire in a candidate, but this urging is misguided and down right foolish. All we do when supporting the “lesser of two evils” is reward political parties for running “evil” candidates, create a continued cycle of “evil” candidates in each election, and place “evil” people in office.

The lie that one party is better than the other is revealed every time a poor candidate is rewarded with victory; they govern in a way not unlike their opponents and we wonder why things never change. It is philosophy, not party, that truly distinguishes candidates.

If we truly seek to advance liberty we must stop blindly supporting major party candidates if they are not worthy of our support. While we will never find someone we agree with 100% of the time, we must be careful not to quickly compromise our principles. Much of the poor situation we find ourselves in can be linked back to similar compromises in past elections.

Whether it be in primaries or general elections… if no one is worthy of our support, let’s withhold it.

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This election year, if no electable candidate is present, I will be writing in “NOTA” or “NONE OF THE ABOVE.” If your ballot allows for a write-in or if you can request such a ballot, join me in drawing that line. Here we stand on our values and principles. We will go no further to accommodate any level of evil.

Thanks for reading,

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