In past elections I have frequently been among the unhappy souls suffering from â€śelectile dysfunction,â€ť the inability to become aroused by any of the candidates. I occasionally find a candidate I like in the primaries. In November I almost always find myself voting for the lesser of two evils.
This year is surprisingly different. There are three candidates that I could vote for with some degree of excitement who are still in the race as my state (Missouri) takes its turn in the primaries. It seems likely that at least one of them will be on the ballot in November.
Except for a brief fling as a member of the Citizenâ€™s Party in 1980, I have never belonged to a political party. Although I consider myself an independent voter, I almost always vote for the Democratic candidate in races that seem competitive and for Libertarian Party candidates in other races. I havenâ€™t voted for a Republican since Jack Danforth represented Missouri in the Senate. This time around, the fact that one of the remaining candidates for the Republican nomination is a libertarian (and former presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party) offers me a rare opportunity to vote my conscience without â€śwastingâ€ť my vote.
The slugfest between Barack Obama and the dynamic duo that is â€śThe Clintonsâ€ť is still too close to call. In all probability I will cast my vote in November for the winner of that contest. I wonâ€™t be participating in the choice between them myself, however, because on Super Tuesday I plan to be part of the Ron Paul Revolution.
I donâ€™t agree with his position on health care, but I do agree with him on several other important issues. As a strict constructionist, he is calling for a massive reduction in the size of the national government. He would eliminate entire departments and pass the monetary savings back to taxpayers and powers back to the states. He doesnâ€™t believe the government should be in the business of legislating morality. He wants to bring our troops home, not just from Iraq, but from everywhere. This last proposal is the one that really put him over the top with me.