To liberty Republicans upset with Libertarians spoiling your races: Then change the way we vote and eliminate the spoiler!
I am so sick and tired of the “We should try to drive liberty through the Republican party not the Libertarian party!” arguments.
But as it rears its head again, one of the claims for it that seems to be gaining popularity lately is, “There are so many liberty leaning Republican voters just waiting, pleading for a liberty candidate to vote for. Yeah the establishment sucks, but the voters will elect good liberty candidates if they are presented.”
To this I say, “Prove it”.
If you think the Libertarian party candidates are hurting chances at electing liberty Republicans because of spoilers, then take those hundreds of thousands of liberty Republicans and change the way we vote to Approval voting of some kind of Ranked Choice voting. Use the power of the Republican party and those liberty advocates you claim are in it to eliminate that spoiler and allow people to vote for whomever they wish without fearing a vote for the Libertarian is a vote for the Democrat.
Until then, your cries of, “Liberty Republicans would be willing to vote for liberty candidates, they’re just afraid of spoiling it and the Democrat winning.” will continue to ring hollow.
If there really is this giant silent majority of liberty Republican voters that WOULD support Libertarians too if not for that pesky spoiler (instead of my belief that they are stalwart conservative Christians that will fight samesex marriage and ending the drugwar til their dying day) then prove it by using that large group to eliminate the spoiler by changing the way we vote.
Rather than fighting Libertarians every time we try to improve voting, get Republicans to DRIVE IT! Then maybe we’ll consider there to be some validity to these claims rather than just a way to excuse the voting habits of millions of Republicans over the last 30 years.
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