It’s Time for Democrats (And Their Supporters) To Start Supporting Libertarians Againby Don on Oct. 29, 2012, under Uncategorized
A funny thing happens in Arizona around Election Day. Democrats, or those who support Democratic candidates (e.g., President Obama) find their inner Libertarian.
Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Democrats, the biggest proponents of centralized control and widespread government involvement in everyday life, start spending big bucks to help out the candidates most opposed to government involvement in everyday life.
In 2010, Libertarian candidate Steve Stolz benefited from Arizona Democratic Party largesse. The Democrats paid for mailers for Stolz.
Why do Democrats, and/or opponents of Republicans,* do this? To split the anti-liberal vote. That allows more liberal candidates to get elected, or more conservatives to be defeated. It worked in CD8 in 2010. Steve Stolz’s vote totals exceeded Gabrielle Giffords’ margin of victory.
Is this a fair tactic? OF COURSE it is! Politics isn’t beanbag. Splitting your opponent’s likely vote is an effective campaign tactic. And, for those people who are truly Libertarian, tactics like these don’t matter. They will vote Libertarian anyway. And, anyone who truly favors the Libertarian candidate should vote for him or her.
But, for those voters who are undecided, and want to use their vote to express their frustration with politics nowadays—the Democrats (and those who support their candidates or oppose the GOP’s candidates) are using you. They hope you’ll vote Libertarian, in order to dilute the anti-Democratic vote. That increases the likelihood that Democrats will get elected. And, THAT increases the likelihood that the terrible policies the Democrats have implemented since taking power in 2009 won’t be changed.
Yes, if you vote Libertarian, you will make your own, personal statement. But, if you want to see an economy and society less dominated by government influence, who’s the most effective candidate to vote for? Who’s most likely to actually get into office and change some of the policies you want to see changed? It’s not the Libertarian candidate.
By all means, vote your conscience. Just be aware of the real-world consequences of your vote.
* I acknowledge that, if you oppose a Republican candidate, that doesn’t automatically make you a Democrat. Nevertheless, that doesn’t change the fact that, as a rule, supporting Libertarians makes it easier for Democratic candidates to win their races.