Wasting Your Vote?

This is the question and often times the statement thrown at Libertarians and Independents when discussing how we’re planning on voting for a third party candidate. I’m sure you all know this quite well. This scare tactic works to some degree too. The threat comes in a few different forms which I will address. One is if we vote for a third party we will throw the election to Obama. Another is we should vote for the candidate that is closest to our beliefs of liberty but the closest candidate of the two parties. The other classic one is “choose the lesser of two evils.”

I’ll address them in order. First voting for a third party should not be viewed as throwing an election. It should only be viewed as choosing the right candidate that you believe in. If you don’t vote Republican it means the Republican candidate did not sell their position to you and obviously did a poor job in attempting to do so. So why reward them? If you don’t vote Democrat then it’s the exact same issue. Why reward them for not selling their position? Vote for who you choose based on their policies and your personal values. If you vote otherwise then you are truly wasting your vote. (more…)

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Let Them Smoke, Or Don’t

I found myself in sort of a dilemma last Saturday early morning. As a minor detour I ended up staying over night in Las Vegas, carefully choosing a hotel not too close to the madness of the strip but also lively enough to inspire me as I would be writing in the cafe that featured free WIFI. When I write early morning I’m referring to late Friday night/early Saturday morning around two am.

After finishing my blog post one hour before it’s midnight deadline I decided to play blackjack (a blackjack table is hard for me to keep away from). Bringing only one hundred dollars to a ten dollar minimum bet table to maintain frugality while having fun and possible minor gain, I found myself as I often do enthralled in the game and losing track of time. After one hour or so passed I was left at the table with one middle-age Asian woman and a new comer, a man roughly in his early fifties with an assertive attitude which in turn gave him a somewhat menacing presence. He never made eye contact with me nor anyone else at the table. At  one point he reached into his shirt pocket and pulled out a package of cigarettes. I am not one for smoking but I rarely find myself annoyed when others smoke around me. The Asian woman to my right decided to move closer to me as I was in front of the smoking man on the opposite far end of the table, in order to get away from him and his discharge of smoke. The dealer stopped for a moment and addressed the smoker telling him that he must put his cigarette out. The smoker replied to this command with a rather nonchalant remark disguised as the question “Why. did I offend someone?” The dealer then pointed to a sign next to me which stated this table is to be a no smoking table. The smoking man saw this and replied again rather nonchalantly, “I’ve been coming to this town for over twenty years and not once have I encountered a no smoking blackjack table.” To which I replied similarly, “Wow, neither have I.”  (more…)