Some time ago I was asked by Eric Dondero to publish an article by him on a call by Saul Anuzis for Ron Paul Libertarians to Stay in the GOP. This aroused a certain degree of dissent from some of Ron Paul’s more radical supporters who seemed to have little better to do than trawl the net looking for anything against their candidate and harassing them.
I have found a similar call from a libertarian, presenting a really good case for support for John McCain by libertarians. The blog is Copious Dissent, run by Devil's Advocate, a libertarian, and Red Wolverine, a Conservative. The article that I am referring to is “Why Ron Paul Supporters should vote for McCain.”
Some of the stuff mentioned is: -
………. The passion that Ron Paul supporters have for liberty now needs to fill a void, and many terrible decisions are likely to be made unless Ron Paul advocates really consider what is at stake.
As a libertarian, I understand their concerns. Ron Paul stood for the same guiding principles espoused by Ludwig von Mises, which included limited government, lower taxes, little or no regulation, sound monetary policy, and a humble foreign policy. With no candidate in the race that supports any of those views sufficiently to make a staunch libertarian happy, it is easy to get discouraged. Please don’t. …………….On the war: -
None of the three candidates are going to get us out of Iraq, not one. Barack Obama claims that we would only be in Iraq to prevent Al Qaeda from building bases there, or for humanitarian effort. The translation of that sentence is that we would be using our military to do exactly what they are doing now. ……….On the constitution: -
Hillary Clinton also does not plan to take our troops out of Iraq either. Her position is essentially the same as Barack Obama’s, but she lies to her base when nobody else is around to call her on her bluff. ………..
John McCain is the only candidate who is very honest about what he wants to do. He wants to destroy any ability for radical Islam to brew in Iraq, and keep our troops there for a long-time doing so. Our troops will stay in Iraq as long as the casualty rate is kept as low as possible, and the conflict is not costing American taxpayers too much money. Furthermore, he has the experience and knowledge to be able to reach this goal.
……….. For example, if John McCain is elected, Iraq will likely end up looking similar to Germany or Japan in several decades. It is a relatively uncontroversial position to want to pull our troops out of Germany today. The same will be true for Iraq if the Iraq conflict is over in the shortest amount of time.
Only John McCain has voted for Originalist Justices in the past and will do so in the future. With Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, you are guaranteed to get someone to the Left of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.The Conclusion: -
Now is not the time to make irrational decisions: The Constitution is at stake along with your liberties, and being an intellectual purist at this time is not going to get you what you asked for. So please vote for John McCain.I thoroughly recommend the rest of this article to you.