Best of the Week
Most Popular
1. Investing in a Bubble Mania Stock Market Trending Towards Financial Crisis 2.0 CRASH! - 9th Sep 21
2.Tech Stocks Bubble Valuations 2000 vs 2021 - 25th Sep 21
3.Stock Market FOMO Going into Crash Season - 8th Oct 21
4.Stock Market FOMO Hits September Brick Wall - Evergrande China's Lehman's Moment - 22nd Sep 21
5.Crypto Bubble BURSTS! BTC, ETH, XRP CRASH! NiceHash Seizes Funds on Account Halting ALL Withdrawals! - 19th May 21
6.How to Protect Your Self From a Stock Market CRASH / Bear Market? - 14th Oct 21
7.AI Stocks Portfolio Buying and Selling Levels Going Into Market Correction - 11th Oct 21
8.Why Silver Price Could Crash by 20%! - 5th Oct 21
9.Powell: Inflation Might Not Be Transitory, After All - 3rd Oct 21
10.Global Stock Markets Topped 60 Days Before the US Stocks Peaked - 23rd Sep 21
Last 7 days
Silver Long-term Trend Analysis - 28th Nov 21
Silver Mining Stocks Fundamentals - 28th Nov 21
Crude Oil Didn’t Like Thanksgiving Turkey This Year - 28th Nov 21
Sheffield First Snow Winter 2021 - Snowballs and Snowmen Fun - 28th Nov 21
Stock Market Investing LESSON - Buying Value - 27th Nov 21
Corsair MP600 NVME M.2 SSD 66% Performance Loss After 6 Months of Use - Benchmark Tests - 27th Nov 21
Stock Maket Trading Lesson - How to REALLY Trade Markets - 26th Nov 21
SILVER Price Trend Analysis - 26th Nov 21
Federal Reserve Asks Americans to Eat Soy “Meat” for Thanksgiving - 26th Nov 21
Is the S&P 500 Topping or Just Consolidating? - 26th Nov 21
Is a Bigger Drop in Gold Price Just Around the Corner? - 26th Nov 21
Financial Stocks ETF Sector XLF Pullback Sets Up A New $43.60 Upside Target - 26th Nov 21
A Couple of Things to Think About Before Buying Shares - 25th Nov 21
UK Best Fixed Rate Tariff Deal is to NOT FIX Gas and Electric Energy Tariffs During Winter 2021-22 - 25th Nov 21
Stock Market Begins it's Year End Seasonal Santa Rally - 24th Nov 21
How Silver Can Conquer $50+ in 2022 - 24th Nov 21
Stock Market Betting on Hawkish Fed - 24th Nov 21
Stock Market Elliott Wave Trend Forecast - 24th Nov 21
Your once-a-year All-Access Financial Markets Analysis Pass - 24th Nov 21
Did Zillow’s $300 million flop prove me wrong? - 24th Nov 21
Now Malaysian Drivers Renew Their Kurnia Car Insurance Online With Fincrew.my - 24th Nov 21
Gold / Silver Ratio - 23rd Nov 21
Stock Market Sentiment Speaks: Can We Get To 5500SPX In 2022? But 4440SPX Comes First - 23rd Nov 21
A Month-to-month breakdown of how Much Money Individuals are Spending on Stocks - 23rd Nov 21
S&P 500: Rallying Tech Stocks vs. Plummeting Oil Stocks - 23rd Nov 21
Like the Latest Bond Flick, the US Dollar Has No Time to Die - 23rd Nov 21
Why BITCOIN NEW ALL TIME HIGH Changes EVERYTHING! - 22nd Nov 21
Cannabis ETF MJ Basing & Volatility Patterns - 22nd Nov 21
The Most Important Lesson Learned from this COVID Pandemic - 22nd Nov 21
Dow Stock Market Trend Analysis - 22nd Nov 21
UK Covid-19 Booster Jabs Moderna, Pfizer Are They Worth the Risk of Side effects, Illness? - 22nd Nov 21
US Dollar vs Yields vs Stock Market Trends - 20th Nov 21
Inflation Risk: Milton Friedman Would Buy Gold Right Now - 20th Nov 21
How to Determine if It’s Time for You to Outsource Your Packaging Requirements to a Contract Packer - 20th Nov 21
2 easy ways to play Facebook’s Metaverse Spending Spree - 20th Nov 21
Stock Market Margin Debt WARNING! - 19th Nov 21
Gold Mid-Tier Stocks Q3’21 Fundamentals - 19th Nov 21
Protect Your Wealth From PERMANENT Transitory Inflation - 19th Nov 21
Investors Expect High Inflation. Golden Inquisition Ahead? - 19th Nov 21
Will the Senate Confirm a Marxist to Oversee the U.S. Currency System? - 19th Nov 21
When Even Stock Market Bears Act Bullishly (What It May Mean) - 19th Nov 21
Chinese People do NOT Eat Dogs Newspeak - 18th Nov 21
CHINOBLE! Evergrande Reality Exposes China Fiction! - 18th Nov 21
Kondratieff Full-Season Stock Market Sector Rotation - 18th Nov 21
What Stock Market Trends Will Drive Through To 2022? - 18th Nov 21
How to Jump Start Your Motherboard Without a Power Button With Just a Screwdriver - 18th Nov 21
Bitcoin & Ethereum 2021 Trend - 18th Nov 21
FREE TRADE How to Get 2 FREE SHARES Fractional Investing Platform and ISA Specs - 18th Nov 21
Inflation Ain’t Transitory – But the Fed’s Credibility Is - 18th Nov 21
The real reason Facebook just went “all in” on the metaverse - 18th Nov 21
Biden Signs a Bill to Revive Infrastructure… and Gold! - 18th Nov 21
Silver vs US Dollar - 17th Nov 21
Silver Supply and Demand Balance - 17th Nov 21
Sentiment Speaks: This Stock Market Makes Absolutely No Sense - 17th Nov 21
Biden Spending to Build Back Stagflation - 17th Nov 21
Meshing Cryptocurrency Wealth Generation With Global Fiat Money Demise - 17th Nov 21
Dow Stock Market Trend Forecast Into Mid 2022 - 16th Nov 21
Stock Market Minor Cycle Correcting - 16th Nov 21
The INFLATION MEGA-TREND - Ripples of Deflation on an Ocean of Inflation! - 16th Nov 21

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

How to Protect your Wealth by Investing in AI Tech Stocks

Romney, Obama, Who Should Libertarians Vote For?

ElectionOracle / US Presidential Election 2012 Oct 22, 2012 - 08:17 AM GMT

By: LewRockwell

ElectionOracle

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJoel Poindexter writes: In yet another appeal from Republicans, Brady Cremeens, writing for The Right Sphere, is urging libertarians to set aside their differences and vote for Mitt Romney. The piece is so full of political clichés about "American prosperity and strength," how destructive another Obama term would be, and how Romney "gives us the chance" to save the republic, that I got half way through it before realizing he wasn't writing tongue-in-cheek. It seems he actually believes what he writes, or at least makes a pretty decent attempt to convince us that he's serious.


I'm certainly not the first to point this out, but it's important to note how utterly disrespectful the Republican party and many of its members treated the very group they are now pleading with to vote for their candidate. I'd like to believe that had they not excluded Ron Paul voters, used police violence against them, changed party rules ex post facto, and employed other dishonest tactics, that libertarians would still have rejected the GOP. But assuming they (the GOP) weren't so bent on repressing the libertarians, they might not be so desperate for their support now.

Before moving on it's important to define libertarian in this context. It's unclear exactly what definition Cremeens uses, though most likely it is the big "L" Libertarians, those who are registered as such and plan to vote for Gary Johnson, along with the droves of Ron Paul supporters that are now mostly split between Johnson and not voting at all.

From the first sentence Cremeens heads down the wrong path. He laments the prospect of Obama winning as a result of "the Right's divided front," as if the libertarians he writes to are part of "the Right." Libertarians are not part of the Right, and thus the real problem facing the GOP is a failure to nominate a candidate who can inspire people and thereby increase party rolls.

The GOP had an opportunity to bring in young members because of Ron Paul's membership and the influence he had with millions of young people. But this would have required the Republican party to abandon the policies dearest to them: war, torture, surveillance, sanctions, secret prisons, police-statism, prohibition, protectionism, central economic planning, and a host of other evils.

With Ron Paul and his fired-up base excluded, and the former now retiring from politics, their opportunity has passed. There are still a number of "Ron Paul Republicans" who hold onto the delusion that they can change the GOP from the inside, but that's only going to result in one of two outcomes. Either they'll remain with the GOP and become part of that which they're fighting now; or they'll realize the corrupting nature of politics is too destructive and abandon political activism for more enriching and productive endeavors. (For everyone's sake let's hope it's the latter, and quick).

Simply put, libertarians are not part of the Right and they are not part of the Left, though many have come from both, they are altogether different. The Left and Right fight over who should be in control of the state; hardcore libertarians reject the state entirely and want no one "in charge."

Cremeens suggests that "the only justification for voting third party or abstaining altogether is a belief that Mitt Romney would push Marxist principles as aggressively as Barack Obama has and would - an opinion I hope we can all agree is ludicrous." I can agree this is somewhat ludicrous, though surely not as enthusiastically as Cremeens does. But what is more ludicrous is the belief that voting against a supposed Marxist, by voting for a Fascist, is any better. With the GOP's extensive history of central planning, Romney's endorsement of the regulatory state, and his running mate's long corporatist record, it's hard to see how their administration would be any better on the economy than someone we're told is trying to install a dictatorship of the proletariat.

Again he appeals to libertarians to put aside their principles and vote for Romney because, he believes, "'Any non-Romney vote helps Obama' rings ominously true." This, he says, is the case "because the liberal vote is united." And again he suggests that libertarians and conservatives are all part of the same group, as if everyone is under some magical "big tent." Perhaps at one time many libertarians did identify with the GOP, but that’s no longer the case. Most have concluded that both parties are a scourge on humanity, that neither group has anyone's interest at heart but their own, and that there is an alternative, even if the parties don't recognize this fact.

He refers to another piece he wrote, in which he argued that "beating this incumbent in this election is more important than maintaining allegiance to staunch ideological principle." Cremeens then claims that normally this isn't the case, but now is a special circumstance. Of course this is a farce; anyone who watches politics knows that every election is The Most Important Election Ever. One sure thing is that party hacks never come out and say: "we'd like for all of you folks to vote for us, but if you decide to stay home we understand; after all there isn't a whole lot riding on this election, and if we don't win it won’t be the end of the world."

Every decent American knows that each election is dire. At the end of each term we're on the brink of collapse, and the only person that can save our country, nay, civilization as we know it, is candidate X. That's how this whole corrupt system works. It's dependent on maintaining the illusion that one side represents the polar opposite of the other, and that an individual's vote counts.

Now, there is one sense in which this is plausible, that elections are vastly important, though it has nothing to do with partisanship. Every election is more critical than the one before only because the federal government has grown more powerful and poses a greater threat to civilization than it did during the previous term. For the candidates, this means the stakes are higher; they're playing for a larger share of power. For everyone else, it means we have less freedom, less wealth from which to live on and dispose of how we please.

Cremeens reminds his readers that the next president will likely be nominating several judges to the Supreme Court, and suggests that "there’s no argument that Romney’s [nominees] would be further right than Obama’s." He writes this as if it’s a good thing, as if we should be excited Romney will be nominating judges like John "A Fee is a Tax" Roberts, as Romney famously said he would, shortly before the court ruled to uphold the taxing power of the Affordable (sic) Care Act. The fact that he will look for judges on the Right is not a selling point at all; it’s exactly the opposite.

Throughout the rest of his piece, Cremeens tries to convince libertarians to vote for Romney by appealing to reason. He rather smugly suggests that since libertarians "fancy [themselves] bastions of logic and rationality," he hopes they will understand the logic of his argument. Too bad not a single argument he presents has any grounding in logic.

In his zeal to draw libertarians into the voting booth for Romney, Cremeens contradicts himself by first suggesting that voting third party, or abstaining altogether, isn't actually principled. This is because doing so would make "Obama's re-election path easier." Later however, he sympathizes with libertarians and acknowledges the "ideological compromises" they'd have to make in order to vote for Romney. Bashing libertarians for not being principled, and then asking that they compromise their principles, is hardly an effective way to convince them of the soundness of your argument.

Only a fool could be convinced that voting for a police-statist, warmonger, and central-planner could possibly lead to real freedom, peace, or prosperity. That Romney's supposed to be the lesser of two evils is no consolation, largely because he's lesser only by degree, and only on the margin of certain issues. Further, it should be noted that voting for another candidate – even one nominated by the Libertarian party – does little to stall, rollback, or smash the state, as should be every libertarian's goal.

Libertarians should instead avoid the polls, and convince as many others to do likewise. If any election is rife with voter discontent between the pool of candidates, and the economic situation dire enough to require radical solutions, it is this one. Surprisingly, when I tell people I have no intention to vote in November I'm met with more sympathy and agreement than I ever imagined. Given the typical reaction one receives upon professing a denial of the State Religion, this is profound.

Indeed, I'm not the only one getting this sort of reaction. One of my family members works in the government school system and at least several of his co-workers are to the point of not voting. This voter malcontent is a wonderful opportunity to expose the false Left/Right dichotomy and start moving more and more individuals toward the idea of a new liberty.

Joel Poindexter [send him mail] is a student of economics and part-time writer; he is a columnist for the Tenth Amendment Center and a contributing author to Voices Of Revolution: Americans Speak Out For Ron Paul. See his blog.

http://www.lewrockwell.com

© 2012 Copyright Joel Poindexter - All Rights Reserved
Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.


© 2005-2019 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in