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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Why Libertarians Should Support John McCain

Guest Article by Dr. Stephen Maloney*: It appears like the next President of the U.S. will be either John Sidney McCain or Barack Hussein Obama. As good a man as Bob Barr is, he will not become President in 2009 - or any other year.

When it comes down to actually voting, the vast majority of Libertarians will reject the more liberal candidate (Obama) - and vote for the more conservative one (McCain). That's because Libertarians reject the liberal narrative and generally accept the conservative one. George Will recently described the liberal narrative as portraying "most Americans [as] victims of this or that sinister elite or impersonal force - and are not content to cope with life's complexities without government supervision."

That nanny-state-narrative is completely at variance with the libertarian view of life.

What is the conservative narrative? Here's how "Lexington," a super writer for The Economist (and a libertarian) describes it: "American conservatives tend to believe that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can succeed. This makes them more optimistic than liberals, more likely to feel in control of their lives and, therefore, happier." Conservative is not exactly the same thing as libertarian, but the two are compatible, as William F. Buckley, Jr. found 50-plus years ago when he staffed the National Review with a combination of economic libertarians and social conservatives. In contrast, liberalism, the friend of Big Government, generally is the polar opposite of libertarianism.

If you listen to Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton) on the campaign trail, you hear some scary things. They portray "too many Americans' as one step away from economic and social disaster. They see as people badly in need of major assistance - their assistance.

John McCain, imperfect as he may be, sees a very different America. It's the same country whose liberties he was willing to give his life for in Vietnam. We may not agree with him on every issue, but we can't disagree that a love for liberty is at the central core of this man's being. Even Bill Clinton has said of McCain: "He's given everything he has to his country - except his life." President Clinton has never spoken truer words.

In contrast to McCain, Obama essentially portrays America as something resembling Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach," where "ignorant armies clash by night." As "Lexington describes Obama's world-view, America is "a coalition of groups that define themselves as victims of social and economic forces, and . . . [where] its leaders encourage people to feel helpless and aggrieved . . ."

If Obama becomes President, we would become a society of "victims," all of us clamoring for the government to bail us out of our misery. That would be a disaster not only for libertarians, but for all Americans. I hope all libertarians do the right thing: voting for John McCain. Also, ask your friends and family members to do the same thing. The future of liberty in this society depends on free people standing up and supporting a man who has devoted his entire life to defending American values and liberties. John McCain is the right man for our cause.
*Dr. Stephen Maloney wrote the above article for the Libertarian Republican and as a friend of the ARRA Editor also submitted it as a guest article for our publication. Maloney is a writer and political activist living in a small town near Pittsburgh, PA. He'd like to inform Senator Obama that he is not now - and never has been - "bitter." He blogs at: SteveMaloneyGOP.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is zero chance that this libertarian will vote for John ("100 years in Iraq") McCain. Of course, I won't be voting for Hillary or Barack either.

Assuming the Libertarian Party nominates a credible candidate, I'll likely support him/her. Otherwise, I'll write in Ron Paul.

Save the "wasted vote" nonsense. The only wasted vote is one cast for a candidate whose policies you abhor, out of fear that another candidate's policies might be worse. The lesser of evils is still evil.

[Comment cross posted from same post on America's Best Choice]

Blogger Bill Smith said...


Although I may agree with you on many of your principle and beliefs, I have to disagree with your proposed actions. When one chooses to either not vote or to vote for a candidate who can not win, the voter is actually opting to vote in support of their worst nightmare even though they may not believe that will be the outcome. Hopefully, others may save them from that nightmare but there is never a guarantee.

If you are a true libertarian, the question for you in November will be -- do you vote for or against the Democrat (forget liberal) socialist choice that as a libertarian you cannot agree with even 20% of the time? You may not like 100%, 95% or even 75% the GOP candidate choice. But do you like the socialist choice? As a libertarian, conservative or whatever, Do you really believe the U.S. (and you) will be better off under Obama or Clinton? If your answer to the last 2 questions is no, then you vote for John McCain. Not voting IS voting for the Democrat choice. Voting for a third party candidate IS voting for the Democrat choice. And writing a Republican candidate who did not win the nomination doesn't even count in a national race and IS therefore voting for the Democrat choice. You may walk away feeling good but in fact you have just voted for your personal worst choice (and maybe nightmare) -- the person you absolutely could not tolerate as president. Remember when you vote for a viable candidate, it takes 2 opposing votes to beat your vote. One to tie and one to beat it. When you don't vote, you give over that leverage to the opponents and now they can win with their own single vote.

If you are a Ron Paul supporter then you know that he pledged to the Republican party and has already been thankfully re-elected to his Texas congressional seat. He will continue in his efforts of promoting limited government in Congress. However, his work will be even more difficult and most likely impossible if either Obama or Hillary become president. If the Democrats control both Congress and the Presidency, not only will America suffer in general but social conservatives and libertarians will suffer the most with impending and continued losses of rights and choices.

In the second quarter of my life, I served for 22 years in defense of your rights and beliefs and therefore agreed to have my freedom of choice and rights restricted. Now that I am the final quarter of my life, I am disappointed to note that so many who lived freely have surrendered so much. In my sun-set years, I will continue to take a stand against a further slip into the socialist abyss. I am pleased that many young people have caught part of the message of freedom and liberty and have become involved in so many campaigns. However, at the same time many other young people have chosen to align themselves with empty words for "change" and false hopes of having the government solve their problems.

Although I too supported another candidate, I was pleased to meet Ron Paul enthusiastic supporters. However, when talking with them, I noted that almost everyone had their one or two different personal agenda issues. Although they did not have agreement on many issues, they agreed on two words: limited government. And I say Amen to those words! Every Conservative says Amen to these words. The excitement of both young libertarians and young conservatives was fun to be around! I am hoping each of them will eventually understand the concepts of strategy and sacrifice. Without understanding these, their goal and ours goal faces eventual defeat. Only if we unite, do we have hope in preventing the movement of socialisms offered by a Democrat presidency. Unfortunately, the Democrat party of my grandparents has been taken over by a liberal elitism that in the long term will not tolerate the rest of us to freely make our own choices. In addition, many elected Republicans stumbled but the Republican Party has (an important point) corrected itself and is returning to its roots of limited government and support of individual freedom.

Respectfully yours,

Dr. Bill Smith
A fellow friend for freedom!

[Comment cross posted from same post on America's Best Choice]


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