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Why Vote?
Written by PagingJohnGalt   
Saturday, 03 November 2012 22:25

Why vote?

If you are someone who follows politics, this probably seems rather straight forward, but is it? I became eligible to vote in 1997, but cast my first ballot in 2004's November election. For those proceeding years I didn't have a good reason to vote. I have always been disenfranchised by the two party system of establishment oligarchy at the highest levels of government. I despise republicans only a tad less than democrats, because there a few good people in the former, while the latter has largely become the party of Marx and Alinsky. Until a few years ago I didn't have a name to associate with this immense disdain, but found it: progressivism. In the seven years I didn't vote, and in the 8 years since I started voting, my thoughts on voting have grown and changed, and I thought they were worth sharing near the eve of this important election.

Everyone votes for a reason or reasons. There are single issue voters who vote almost solely on abortion or environmental issues or 2nd amendment rights or the economy, etc. Others will vote because their candidate brings home the bacon to their district and they need to make sure they continue to get what they are due from the money tree growing on the National Mall in DC. There are (a lot) of people who are stuck voting the lesser of two evils between the two parties, because both candidates are horrible (reminds me of a great South Park episode) and most are too frightened to test the waters of a 3rd party because they think they are "throwing their vote away." And then there are partisans on both sides who will vote republican or democrat no matter what, even if that person is a transformational marxist community organizer whose anti-colonialist/anti-capitalist hatred for America will destroy everything millions have fought and died for, for over two centuries, and help facilitate the temporary (or permanent) extinction of man's freedom from the planet.

So then, why vote? For me the answer is simple: vote for the candidate who provides you with the most individual liberty. In other words, the only reason to vote for any person is to vote for freedom. Voting is a right that every American citizen has, but too often we are lost in the "rights" we have, and forget the other side of the equation: responsibilities. It is our responsibility as a citizen of the United States of America not only to vote, but to vote for the propagation of man's freedom with each ballot cast. The responsibility part of all rights is regularly overlooked. Freedom of speech is only partly about you or I getting to generally say whatever we want, the other part of the equation is our responsibility to protect the speech of others, especially if we disagree with it. The same is true for freedom of religion. We have a right to worship how and who we want, but we also have a responsibility to stand up for our neighbor's religious beliefs even if we disagree with them (unless God is telling them to kill people). After all, Jesus did say something about love your neighbor as yourself.  If people always executed that ideal instead of talking about it (myself included), problems would be solved. If everyone lived this cycle of rights and responsibility, there would be few(er) issues in America.


Vote for the person who provides you with the most individual liberty.  Seems simple enough, too bad it isn't. In 2012, that is not easy unless you live in Allen West's district in Florida, or are voting for Ted Cruz to be your senator in Texas.  Closer to home, the residents of District 43 have an easy choice of re-electing Evan Wynn to the State Legislature.  Not every district or senate seat has a clear and great choice, so you might have to compromise.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of the current political class isn't geared toward People's Law as much as George Washington and Ben Franklin were in 1791.  If you are not familiar with People’s Law, let me quickly explain it.  Imagine a pyramid.  On the top is the federal government with the least power. At the bottom, the strongest and largest part of the pyramid, lies “We the People.”  That the bulk of power lies at the base of the pyramid means that the levels of government – state, county, and municipal – that lie between the people and the federal government are more powerful the closer they are to the people and less powerful the further removed they are from the people.  This is the power structure envisioned by our Founders. The federal government, then, was always meant to be weaker than the state government, which was, in turn, meant to be weaker than local government.

The common sense logic of this power structure is that the people, via their own guaranteed rights and representation at the local of government, have an optimal path to self-determination.  Why is this important?  Well, our Founders understood that what worked best in Hookset, New Hampshire wasn’t necessarily best for the people of Columbia, South Carolina. People’s Law allowed each unit of government – from the individual all the way to the state – to function efficiently as a laboratory of freedom. The policies that made the most sense for each community or state could be implemented without having a detrimental effect on those of other locales who required or desired a different policy.  The federal government imposing a sweeping law and expecting it to be accepted or work everywhere would have been ludicrous to Thomas Jefferson.

Do you see this idea of government regularly occurring today?  No. The power structure within the pyramid has been inverted, and we are the only ones to blame. Americans have chosen complacency and "free stuff," failing to understand that "getting their fair share" meant giving up their individual liberty. They have abandoned vigilance against the expansion of government power, taking it for granted that nothing bad would happen. They wrongly assumed that the people who run our country wouldn't become corrupt, soulless henchmen (and women) of an ever-expanding government that our Founders already knew and had warned would always seek to acquire more power.  As it expands, this massive government squashes our ability to do what we want with our lives. Instead there are administrators who know better than we do.

Universal Law is quite clear that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction: Big government means less individual liberty, while minimum government means MAXIMUM FREEDOM.

You might ask, but what about abortion, what about my guns? These issues take care of themselves if you vote for the candidate who provides the most individual liberty. Someone who supports small government won't support taking your gun away; nor will they condone the killing of unborn children, at least not as law of the federal government. This candidate may not, and likely does not exist on your ballot, but the first step is at worst finding the person who will erode your rights the least (hard one to do here in Dane County). Beyond that, we need to demand, and actively support, people who will at the earliest possible occasion expand and protect our liberties.

To me this formula is simple. People talk about the economy and foreign policy, but generally anyone who will stand for individual liberty will also provide America's best solutions to the problems that will always face our great country. Small government allows capitalism to work less abated, which would allow rampant economic success for countless Americans and people worldwide.

Lastly, billions of people in this world do not and will not have a sniff at individual liberty during their lifetimes. It is incumbent upon us to preserve man's freedom, and continue to lead by example, to be the shining beacon on the hill. Liberty should stand arm in arm with humility, to never lose appreciation for the great gift of freedom we enjoy as Americans. Listen to an immigrant who came here from a communist country, and then stop and reconsider what you feel is truly important.  In addition, thousands upon thousands of Americans have given their lives to preserve this freedom. Right now, young women and men are arrayed far from home, the least we can do for them is make sure their sacrifices are not wasted by our indifference or desire for a delusional path of handouts and promises exchanged for our liberty.

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