Many Libertarians, when considering whom to vote for president, a position they think is actually important, feel it is throwing away your vote if you vote for the Libertarian candidate.
It would not be very constructive for people who want to be in the Libertarian party to vote for people outside of the Libertarian party.
Ron Paul is a Republican. He always has been, and always will be. He has made statements that show sympathy for the Libertarian and Constitution parties, but he is not a member of either one. Do not ever put the Libertarian party in a position like the Black vote is today withe Obama in office. That means, the Black vote is already spoken for as being for Obama, without any concessions nor any dialogue of what they want in the outcome. Essentially the Black vote is taken for granted in the upcoming election for Obama. Do not think that because Ron Paul says some conservative things, that he is somehow an adopted Libertarian and our votes become taken for granted as well. It is dangerous territory to simply put your feather in someone else’s cap without so much as an overture to them. The only presidential candidate a Libertarian should be voting for, is the best possible representative of the Libertarian platform. Ron Paul has not espoused the Libertarian platform and votes against it time and again. Only a Libertarian candidate should be getting your Libertarian vote.
Membership in each party is as follows:
Democrat – 72 million registered members [ 2004 ]
Republican – 55 million registered members
Constitution party – 438,222 registered members [ 2008 ]
Green party – 305,000 registered members [ 2005 ]
Libertarian party – 200,000 registered members and more than 600 people in public office. including mayors, county executives, county-council members, school-board members, and other local officials. It has more people in office than all other minor parties combined.
As far as registering so that you can vote in primaries, a lot of states have changed their voting policies since Obama’s election. A lot of states have instituted OPEN primaries, meaning everyone can vote. I expect more changes will come as tea party mania increases.
Some Libertarians feel it is imperative that they vote for Ron Paul instead of voting for the Libertarian Candidate. Although these are all adults, they do not understand politics nor the environment they find themselves in. While they might believe in everything Libertarians stand for, they are still under the tremendous propaganda the democrat and republican party puts out: a vote for a third party is a wasted vote. This is a mantra that is spoken OVER AND OVER by the media and the 2 political parties. It has one objective at the end of the day, to quash 3rd parties. What people do not understand is, if you vote for a third party, it gives an honest look at what the country actually feels. Once you vote Libertarian, others might come out of the closet and also vote Libertarian.
Some people are just too afraid to be the first ones to vote for a third party.. As you can see by the list above, the other third parties have nowhere near the actual seat holders that the Libertarian party does. Obviously, people feel confident and comfortable with actually voting Libertarian. Now, we simply have to get people to register Libertarian so that national polls can reflect what the country feels.
I have always said that all Black people in America should register / vote Libertarian. It is the only party that would give Black Americans a fair chance to go where we need to go and do what we need to do unhindered. As it stands now, most Blacks cannot open their own business because of the tremendous road blocks government puts in our way. Under a Libertarian government, most, if not all, of those road blocks would be removed.
This year’s list of 2012 Libertarian Presidential Candidates looks like this so far:
Roger Gary (right)
Roger Gary – elected to the San Antonio River Authority where he served as Director. Serving as State Chair of the Libertarian Party for Texas.
Carl Person – Served as an attorney. 75 years old. He previously tried to gain a nomination in 2006 with the Green Party for for Attorney General of New York state, the same position he ran for in 2010 withe the Libertarian party. Perhaps he’s not actually a Libertarian?
R. Lee Wrights
R Lee Wrights – a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and a past vice chair of the Libertarian National Committee. Wrights has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will go toward ballot access.
R J Harris
R J Harris* – a twenty-year Oklahoma Army National Guard Officer serving on his forth overseas deployment. He is actually a Republican and playing a dangerous game with the Libertarian party where he is trying to ensure that Ron Paul receives the Repbublican nomination. Should Dr. Paul, not receive the nomination he hopes Americans will look at him as an alternative. Should Dr. Paul receive the nomination he will step down, removing the Libertarian party out of the running altogether. Only a fool would nominate this guy.
Gov. Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson* – A Republican that has acted more Libertarian than most Libertarian Candidates. He cut the 10% annual growth in the budget by using his gubernatorial veto on half of bills in the first six months. His use of the veto over his two terms gained him the nickname “Governor Veto”. He sought re-election in 1998, winning by 55% to 45%. In his second term, he concentrated on the issue of school voucher reforms, as well as campaigning for marijuana decriminalization. During his tenure as governor, he adhered strictly to an anti-tax, anti-bureaucracy program, and set state and national records for his use of veto powers: more than the other 49 contemporary governors put together. Term-limited, Johnson retired from politics at the end of his second term. He rebuffed efforts by the Libertarian Party to draft him in the 2000 presidential election. Possibly could be drafted again since he is well behind Mitt Romny and Ron Paul.
* Not Libertarians