“When you give [Democrats and Republicans] your vote, you’re telling them ‘Go ahead, keep on doing what you’re doing,'” explains Libertarian National Committee Vice Chair Arvin Vohra. “And when you vote for the Libertarian candidate you are telling them, in no uncertain terms, ‘You do not have either my approval or my permission to grow or sustain big government: shrink it now.'”
As the midterm elections approach, Democrats and Republicans are making their final pleas to win over undecided voters, with some casting Libertarian candidates as “spoilers” in a few key races. But Vorha, himself running as a Libertarian for Maryland’s 4th congressional district against Democratic incumbent Donna Edwards, dismisses the charge. Despite his low poll numbers, Vohra sees the act of casting a vote for the Libertarian Party as a pathway to reform. He quotes a former Libertarian candidate: “Not all politicians are smart, but they can all count.”
It’s a common refrain from the GOP, when having lost an election to the Democrat candidate, is anything but the ineffectiveness of the GOP campaign, candidate or position on the issues. When a Libertarian candidate is running, that candidate becomes the de facto scapegoat. But there’s a few major problems with this tautology.
Libertarians are not Republicans. As such, the GOP has no claim of ownership over any Libertarian votes. Libertarian candidates are also not, as the two major parties and there media enablers would have you believe, “undecided voters” or “independents”. Why the American people put up with the concerted effort by the establishment to shoehorn voters into a narrow ideological box with a paper divider….is beyond me. Both major parties exist to grow the size and scope of government and their party power [but I repeat myself].
Finally, if the GOP can’t motivate it’s base to come out and vote, why do they seek blame elsewhere? If the percentage of registered GOP voters who stay home next week is more than the percentage of Libertarian voters who cast a ballot….there’s your problem.