LR36: Principled Voting

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Liberty Revealed Episode 36 Show Summary

Mike discusses the concept that 3rd party votes are wasted or really help another candidate.

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Liberty Revealed Episode 36 Show Notes

Welcome back to another episode of Liberty Revealed, the show dedicated to revealing personal liberty to all who listen. I am your host, Mike Mahony, and today I want to talk to you about the importance of voting for the candidate who most resonates with you.

As I record this episode, it is election day in the United States. We have endured a solid year of campaigning and rhetoric. Perhaps, like me, you voted for the Libertarian candidate for President? If so, and you made this known on social media, you’ve no doubt been told that you are wasting your vote or that you are really voting for Trump. Today we are going to discuss these things and we will come to a very solid conclusion.

When someone tells you that you are wasting your vote by voting for a third party candidate, remind them of how selfish their comment is. Help them to understand that we don’t try to vote for the winner, we vote for the person we are most ideologically aligned with and then we hope for them to win. Anyone saying you are wasting your vote has an ulterior motive. They want to amplify their own vote. They want you to vote for their candidate, thereby giving them an extra vote for all intents and purposes.

This selfish attitude permeates American politics. People all over don’t really care what a candidate stands for as long as that candidate belongs to their party. That’s a very low bar to set and one that has lead our country into bedlam. Donald Trump is a result of always voting for the lesser of two evils. The two major parties don’t even attempt to run a principled candidate any longer. They know people are accustomed to voting for the lesser of two evils. The problem is that the lesser of two evils is still evil.

What would be a wasted vote?

An unprincipled vote is the only wasted vote. 

The purpose of voting is to tell the state and the country what your vision of government and society really is. 

What happens when you cave and vote in what is called a defensive vote? You sell out your personal beliefs. You become a political prostitute. You are no longer standing up for what you believe in because you’ve caved and voted for the lesser of two evils. 

I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be a political hooker. If you believe the Republican or Democrat candidate really does match your beliefs, go ahead and vote for them. If you don’t believe they match your beliefs, you are helping to preserve the status quo you despite.

As I said, we don’t vote to pick the winner. WE vorte to tell everyone else which choice best represents the direction you want your state to go. You gain a power that a non-voter does not have–the chance to change your state.

Voting for the lesser of two evils is sending the wrong message. It says that you are OK with just a good state, not the best state possible. Please don’t settle for anything less than the best.

Learn from history. Radical ideas come to fruition all the time. That is, as long as you vote in a principled way. 

Remember, the only wasted vote is one for a candidate that doesn’t send the message you intend to send. Also remember that voting for the lesser of two evils is still casting a vote for evil.

I hope that you cast a principled vote today. If you caved in and voted for one of the big two candidates, don’t feel bad. You can fix that by vowing never to do that again. Take a moment and promise yourself that every vote going forward will be a principled vote.

The last thing I want to address is the ridiculous assertion that a vote for a Libertarian is a vote for Donald Trump (or anyone else). These people assume that had you not voted Libertarian you’d have voted AGAINST Donald Trump. That simply doesn’t cut it for me and my group of friends. We would never have voted for a Democrat or a Republican. Thus, our vote is for the candidate that most aligns with our belief system. Simple math will prove these people wrong, but their comment has nothing to do with math. Again, they are attempting to shame you into magnifying their own vote by getting you to vote for their candidate. 

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