This is a response to a common state of mind. It proposes that voting for a third-party, or not voting, or voting for the bigger Socialist will somehow teach the other party a lesson not to nominate the type of candidate they ultimately did. While history has never shown this to be true, this mindset is prevalent. And, there is a certain logic to it if elections were held once a month and only extremely limited amounts of damage to our free-market limited government system could be experienced in that time. But… that’s not the case. The only solution is to get and remain engaged. Get educated while educating everyone around you and understand that the damage is so deep that it will take decades to repair.
Here is my response (It is from a thread under The Pessimist.):
Many people cannot get past Republican vs. Democrat no matter how hard they try. There has been millions of dollars and millions of man-hours spent to make sure that this type of balkanization exists. It enables the Statists to cloud ideology and confuse the public. You are seeing a war between those Statists and the Conservative Free-marketers right now in the Republican primaries.
It has always been my position that the only “sides” that matter are Free-market vs. Statist. These philosophies are not limited to party affiliation.
Yes, useful idiots are harvested within both philosophies… however, I believe with education we can turn our’s into educated voters. We can also convert the ones that think Statism is cool into liberty loving free-market capitalists too.
The primary goal should not be to replace Obama. The primary goal must be to completely remove every aspect of Socialized Medicine. The Left is rushing to build it and get it fully implemented asap. Once it is an entitlement it will never go away. Defeating Obama is only a required part of stopping the Fourth Horseman.
Then we need to start working on free-market reforms for the rest of the 100 years of incremental Socialist schemes that have driven us into bankruptcy… if there is any hope.
In regard to electing a “Romney” type, electing the bigger Socialist to make a point only makes your life worse. It’s cutting your nose to spite your face. “Point’s” are to be made during primaries and with the percentage Paul is getting and Romney has failed to achieve early on many of those points are being made loudly and clearly.