Why I Won’t Be Voting Libertarian This Year

I’ve pretty much taken a break from blogging anything political for quite a while because, well…because I’ve pretty much said all I wanted to say, and I’ve also realized that the country has become unbelievably polarized and minds aren’t very open to being changed. And I’m not really comfortable with either of the polarized viewpoints. I still haven’t found my bearings locally to find out what really goes on, and we have closed primaries here, so I’m kind of out of the local thing too since I don’t claim any party affiliation.

But I’ve changed my mind about something, partly because of the location change, and partly because of the changes I’ve seen in the political environment. ¬†And so, here I am on this not-blogged-on-very-often site writing a post.

I’ve voted for the big L candidate in every presidential election since I’ve been old enough to vote. Say I threw my vote away if you want, but isn’t it really throwing your vote away to vote for someone you don’t really want in the office? I always voted big L for two reasons. First of all, TN was always going to go for the Republican candidate, even when the Democrat candidate claimed to be was from TN. Secondly, I always saw the two big choices on the ballot as a “lesser of two evils” situation. I didn’t see much difference between Clinton/Bush, Clinton/Dole, Bush/Gore, Bush/Kerry, or McCain/Obama.

Actually, there was a bigger difference that last time around, but living in TN made me feel I could still vote my true conscious without contributing to our demise.

I still think we’re in a lesser of two evils situation. But I think the space between the two evils is wider than it’s ever been. Maybe my perspective is skewed because of the polarization, and maybe that’s by design. It’s hard to tell.

But now I live in a swing state.

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