Okay, we’ve been playing this game for a while now, and I think it’s time we bring it to a close.
Although the rhetoric has died down, there is still a substantial portion of the Republican Party that refuses to vote for Mitt Romney, holding out for Ron Paul in 2012. That, or they’re disenfranchised with the party after Paul’s ticket was shot down, and are refusing to vote for anyone this election.
I am now talking to you.
Look, this isn’t some kind of intervention. This isn’t a holdup. We’re not pissed off and we’re not trying to beat you up for your vote. In fact, most of us (at least those of us in the tea party, and not the Republican establishment) are libertarians or libertarian-leaning. We agree with you. There was a time when I supported Ron Paul. I also supported Herman Cain, and then Michelle Bachmann. But those candidates have dropped out of the race, and Mitt Romney is our nominee.
Now I know that Mitt Romney is not our first choice. For many of you, I’m sure he was probably your last choice. He’s not strong spoken by nature, he’s not unyielding in his politics, he’s not for hacking and slashing big government. But the argument conservatives and tea partiers like me keep trying to make is that Mitt Romney is the candidate. We may like that, we may not. But it doesn’t change the reality, that we have two candidates to choose from this November. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
While casting a vote for a third party may feel like sticking to your principles, which is admirable, we still need to look at the long term. As Republicans, a vote for Ron Paul takes away a vote for the Republican nominee. If Ron Paul was a candidate who could still win, that would be one thing. But he can’t. He doesn’t have the backing of the Republican base, and he won’t. So really, all a vote for Ron Paul does is give a de facto vote to Barack Obama. That’s it.
Or maybe you’ve just decided not to vote at all.
In that case, I’m here to ask for your help. You’re not an insignificant factor of the party, and you’re not our enemy. We need your vote. All I ask you to consider is which candidate running in this election is most likely to set the stage for a libertarian ticket. The candidate who will fundamentally change our country towards totalitarianism with four more years, or the candidate who is too big government for your taste? Mitt Romney will not destroy this country’s roots, but I guarantee you, Barack Obama will if he gets his way. Libertarianism is the antipathy of what he believes in. I urge you to consider voting for Mitt Romney in November, so that we may still have the opportunity to vote for a Ron Paul in 2016.
Under Barack Obama, I don’t believe we will have that opportunity.