Head Or Heart? @MittRomney Or @GovGaryJohnson?
September 25, 2012 3 Comments
This is going to be my first Presidential Election since becoming a naturalized citizen, and its one that is tearing me apart, ideologically.
You see, I currently consider myself libertarian – I want a very limited government; few, if any taxes; and few laws. I understand, however, that such a society, where people can pretty do as they want, as long as its not hurting another, is pretty much nigh on impossible to attain, as someone will always want to exercise their power of another, or others. Its human nature.
As much as we like to think of ourselves as being some kind of superior entity, with our cities and industry and technology, when it all boils down to it, we are animals with instinctual, base needs – food, shelter and sex. But that sounds like a blog for another time…
I’ve always had an affinity for third parties, when I lived in the UK I was very much a Liberal Democrat and Plaid Cymru supporter, depending on if the election was for Westminster on local politics. I suppose my aversion to big parties has tracked my evolution in ideology! Now, I do have some conservative leanings, I suppose, as a number of the Republican nominees made sense to me. Ron Paul & Gary Johnson were obvious attractions, (according to ISideWith.com Ron Paul& I matched 99%!), ideologically, but I also liked Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, as much. I also got behind the campaign of Buddy Roemer, a Republican who was hoping to run a cross-party ticket with its main focus on ending the power of money in politics. When it became obvious Romney was going to be the Republican Candidate, I switched my allegiance to Gary Johnson.
The weekend after the RNC Convention I took a road trip to Cincinnati to be at the Victory Tour stop for the Romney campaign, (my first ever political meeting of any kind), and loved the energy. I also warmed a little to Romney. Still, my tweets and FB posts leaned to the libertarian side of politics.
On the 15th, we managed to secure child minding for the weekend and both DW & I managed the road trip down to Cincinnati for the FreedomWorks “FreePAC Ohio” conference. We came away from that energized and I particularly enjoyed the more libertarian lean of the whole thing.
But slowly, I’m coming to terms with the fact that I am going to have to vote for Romney.
As much as I would love to be able to vote for my libertarian ideals, there needs to be an America in which those ideals can survive. The libertarian ideology has more in common with the Republicans than the Democrats, certainly the current crop of socialists and communists that the Democrats seem to have embraced as their leaders, and as we get nearer to the election, the thought that I need to vote for those who will save America is outweighing the need to vote to my ideology.