One Voter's Strategy for the Presidential Election

By Grant Davies

People who read my blog regularly know that I'm not a supporter of either of the two political parties that have a stranglehold on American politics. My problem with Republicans is that they are too much like Democrats. And my problem with Democrats is that they are too much like Democrats.

It's also no secret that I think that the Obama Presidency has been a nightmare for our liberties and our country.  By comparison, I expect a Romney Presidency to be only a bad dream.

One more term for Obama and his ideology may very well put the country into an unrecoverable slide into the historically familiar condition of top down rule of the elitists over a second class of subservient drones. It's not a stretch to say that a return to a "bread and circuses" world, not unlike that of the Roman Empire, is almost a certainty. We're very nearly there already.

With almost half of the population being a net recipient of government "largess" while the rest pay for it, we are perilously close to the tipping point. At 51%, it's game over folks. The majority of voters will never vote against cash in their own pocket, no matter who else's pocket it comes out of. So it's for certain that I oppose the re-election of Barack Obama and the "progressive" agenda.

Does that mean I support Mitt Romney? Hardly. Anyone who thinks Romney will "save America" merely by being elected over the worst President in history is suffering from a delusion shared with Democrats and Independents who thought everything would be better with GWB in retirement. Oh, it's good that Bush and the neo-cons are out of power, but things are hardly better. In fact they are worse. It's rather like favoring plague over small pox.

So, do I recommend voting for the "third choice", Gary Johnson? Well, depends on where you live. Huh?

I live in a city I call, Unfortunately, Illinois. My town is not worse than most, but my state is. And one of the reasons that Illinois is in a hot race for "worst in the nation" is that it's run by crooked people, mostly Democrats. But Republicans have shown that they are plenty crooked too whenever they get a chance to run things. The point is, Illinois is going for Obama. Probably in a big way. It's a blue state and people vote with their political tribe no matter what. The feeling here seems to be, "They're all crooks, I'll vote for my band of crooks."

So here's the deal for me: if the polls show (I hate polls, BTW) that Romney is within realistic striking distance of Obama, I'm going to do what I have never advocated before, vote for Romney in order to dismiss Obama and the progressives.

But, that "ain't gonna happen." So I'm going to do what I've always done, vote for what I want. And I want to be free again, or at least more free than I am now. So I'm going to vote for Gary Johnson. I agree with 95% of what he is running on, and right now I can't think of the 5% I disagree with.

I advocate that you do the same, depending upon where you live. If you live in a state that's "safe" for Romney, or "safe" for Obama, and you value your freedom and that of your children and grandchildren, you should vote for Johnson as well. If you live in a battleground state, well, you have the short term fate of the country in your hands. If you want to live in France, please move there, don't bring the Euro-misery here.

From my perspective, the ideal outcome for this election would be for Obama to be dismissed, Romney to be elected, (because a third party candidate will not be elected) and Johnson to get a huge number of popular votes. That will push both parties to take the freedom movement of smaller government seriously in the elections of the future. And time has almost expired on the greatest experiment in political history.

Here is a video of Gary Johnson on the Daily Show. Jon Stewart is pretty funny in this spot and you can get an adequate feel for what Johnson is trying to accomplish.


  1. Illinois is easily the worst state in the nation for countless reasons. I feel your pain. If only we could secede from Chicago!

  2. At some point I will secede from Chicago and the entire state. The only thing keeping me here now is the proximity to family and close friends. But if I ever get the opportunity, I may become a Hoosier. It's not utopia, but it's not as bad as this hellhole, and it's fairly close.

    It's the fault of the people, not the politicians. In the end, it's their call. And they like the "crookery" here so well they sent one of the Illinois combine operatives to Washington. And then elected his right hand man as Mayor of Chicago.

    Poor slobs like me are caught in the crossfire.

  3. My problem is neither are Objectivists. Neither party has even a remote clue with respect to reality.

  4. I am voting for Romney. The dangers of Obama winning a second term are too great. Romney is at the very least not a Marxist, and has actually worked in the private sector. He has been consistent on saying he will repeal Obamacare, and I don't see him doing things like giving up our national sovereignty to the UN, being supportive of the Occupy movement, lying every other sentence in speeches, increasing power of government unions, buying car companies with tax dollars, investing in "green energy" companies with "jobs created or saved," calling the private sector "the enemy," going to a church with a pastor that says GD America, telling Russian presidents he will have "more flexibility" after the election, believing talking to terrorists like the Taliban is going to solve national security issues, apologizing for America, and bowing to dictators. First we stem the tide, then we find a solution. Remember, The congressional elections are just as important.

    1. If you think Romney will do what you want, you should vote for him. For me, the fact that he's not Obama isn't good enough. Except in the circumstances I described in my commentary.

      On the other hand, if someone lives in a "sure thing" state, I wonder why on earth anyone would vote for the lesser of two evils. Vote for what you want, or abstain from any contest where the choice of what you want isn't an option.

      I will continue to work to get my freedoms back. Romney isn't the man for that job.

    2. Hear, Hear Gtant!

      Romney is just another big "R" republican statist. No freedom or liberty there.

  5. Grant, I am working to get back my freedoms. The thing is Romney is the only choice that we have that has a chance to beat Obama during this election cycle. I was a herman cain supporter, but the media was able to destroy his campaign by concocting lies, and people did not see through this. Now we are stuck with Romney. I believe the way to take back our freedom is to educate people and show the hypocrisy of the left, to make people immune to lies the democrats and media perpetrate. Then one day, we will have our preferred candidate because we have informed, intelligent voters. Voting for someone who is not realistically going to win and at best takes away votes from Romney will only give Barack a better chance. Obamacare is game over. It opens the door to regulation to all aspects of our lives in pretense of lowering healthcare costs. We need to get rid of it before implementation, or it will never go away. This is our chance, don't let ideology blindside you from pragmatism. I don't like it either,but the true conservatives have lost in this election as they dropped out of the race. We need damage control.

    1. Romney will not appeal ObamaCare. Mark my words. I'm from MA.

    2. With all due respect, and I truly mean that, I apologize, but I'm at a loss to understand what about my post was unclear about my advice. I must have chosen my words or sentences poorly but I'm uncertain on how to make it any more clear other than to basically repeat it.

      I advocate that anyone living in a battleground state, where the outcome is not already crystal clear, such as Illinois (for Democrats)or Texas (for Republicans), vote for Romney, no matter how distasteful.

      Since Presidents are not chosen by popular vote, my advice to vote for what freedom lovers want, (presumably to be more free) will have no effect whatsoever on Romney's chances. Another excellent effect would be to deny a Romney administration of any notion of a mandate for his policies.

      Romney is a technocrat. He is essentially a moderate, non liberal, Democrat. He is an advocate of big government "solutions" to societal problems. It's a fools errand.

      If you still can't understand what I am suggesting, I'll agree that it is my poor communication skills and go back to the drawing board. But the advice would not change, only the method of conveying it. On the other hand, perhaps I'm somehow missing what you are saying.

      And please don't think I'm being cute, I'm truly flummoxed by the misunderstanding of what I said.

    3. I understood what your saying Grant. I agree with your assessment. My point was that Mittens will not repeal ObamaCare, should it not be overturned by the SCOTUS, and it was addressed to LibertarianPatriot.

      As to my voting preference, I vote my conscience these days.

    4. Unfortunately, I agree with your assessment of what Romney will do. As to voting your conscience, that is always appropriate in my view. It's what I'm doing and always have. But as I explained, in Illinois, I get a free pass. I don't have to worry about helping to re-elect the worst President in my life by sticking strictly to ideology.
      It's the only bonus to living in this hellhole.

    5. The same applies to living in MA. methinks.

      As a side note, I lived in Rockford Ill. in 1970 and 1971. I don't recall it being as bad then as it is now.

  6. IMO, Mitt was hand-chosen by the banksters to keep the socialized medicine moving forward. I've got my pirate flag up and am not going along to get along with the Matrix anymore. I'll be going with Gary as well.

  7. I live in a deep red state, same one as Republican Mother, and I will probably vote for GJ too. My state will go for Rmoney with or without my vote.

    Rmoney isn't quite as bad as Obama -- there are some fundamental differences -- but Rmoney hasn't earned my vote and I don't expect that he will.


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