[extropy-chat] Fahrenheit 911 - objective review?
sjatkins at mac.com
Sat Aug 14 03:28:41 UTC 2004
I plan to vote for the Libertarian candidate, Badnarik. Not because
of any overly complicated political calculation though. Badnarik is
simply the only one I have heard speak sensibly (and in large agreement
with my own views). Of course I don't expect him to win. But a
respectable showing in the Libertarian camp this year would send a
clear message. It could also insure the Libertarian party is taken
more seriously. Most calculations say that votes for Badnarik will be
largely subtracted from votes for Bush. Bush is not limited
government, balanced budget, limited foreign engagements, good for
business or much of anything else dear to the heart of many of his
The biggest reason though is that I am a Libertarian and I believe I
should vote my convictions. I especially believe it as our freedoms
are being eroded and threatened at a precipitous rate. I cannot in
good faith sanction either of the major candidates who plan simply more
of the same.
On Aug 13, 2004, at 8:43 AM, Spike wrote:
>> Brett Paatsch
>> George W Bush is the encumbent president of the US. Either
>> he or Kerry will have the power of that role for four years...
> If one doesn't like these guys, there are others on
> the ballot. If one is generally right leaning but
> doesn't like Bush, the strategy is to vote for someone
> who is far left, such as that Ralph guy. Then the
> left-leaning party perceives that it must move farther
> left to pick up its own disaffected far left wing,
> which causes it to lose votes in the highly-populated
> middle. The two front runners have become indistinguishable
> (except for Kerry's comment that he would fight a "more
> sensitive war" whatever the hell that is).
> I am a right-ish capitalist libertarian. I don't like
> Bush myself but would like to see Ralph make a good
> showing. Perhaps in the next election, that result
> would help those more likely to stay out of my portemonnaie.
> Politics create such odd paradoxes, ya gotta love it.
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