Why you absolutely, positively must vote for Gary Johnson

October 2, 2012

There have been a few questions in comments as to whether it makes sense to vote for Gary Johnson. After all, is it possible that Obama/Romney is better than Obama/Romney when it comes to the drug war? So what if my wasted vote on Johnson causes Obama/Romney to win?

Let’s break it down.

1. Check the electoral maps to see what kind of state you’re in (Here’s one example). If your state is blue, dark blue, red, or dark red, then your vote isn’t going to make a bit of difference in the Obama-Romney question. You’ll just be one more on a vast winning or losing side for the state. After all, it’s the electoral votes that chooses the President, not the popular vote. So you might as well vote for someone who actually cares about you! No brainer.

2. Let’s assume you’re in one of those few swing states, and it actually comes down to the wire in the electoral vote and your state will make the difference, and after all the re-counts and hanging chads, it turns out that one vote makes the difference between Obama or Romney winning… You should still vote for Gary Johnson.

Ultimately, as we have found, Presidents are unlikely leaders in drug policy reform. Even more so with these two. There has been absolutely no interest in talking about drug policy by either candidate, so if they win with your vote, they won’t even have a campaign promise to break. There won’t be a single reason for them to care about you, and so many reasons to support the DEA, Law Enforcement, Pharmaceutical Industries, Drug Testing Industries, Prison Industries, and so on.

On the other hand, if one of them loses and it can be shown that Gary Johnson is why they lost, then that could make a real difference.

3. You must vote for Gary Johnson because he’s the only one giving your message. Johnson has, more than any other candidate in recent knowledge, run largely on his views of the drug war. Sure, he has other issues, but this is his signature issue, and it’s even reflected in his choice of running mate.

If Johnson has a strong showing and even has an impact on a state, then both parties will have to pay attention, and perhaps address drug policy in the future in order to prevent a third party candidate from challenging them. If Johnson does extremely poorly, then they’ll be able to say “He didn’t even get 1% of the vote. The voters don’t care enough about marijuana or drug policy for it to affect their votes, so we don’t have to address it.”

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Pete Guither is the editor of drugwarrant.com
  • Cowboydroid

    Drug policy reform is not his primary issue. He has repeatedly stated that the FIRST thing he’ll do in office is submit a BALANCED BUDGET.

    Now THERE is something that differentiates him from the two Big Government candidates. Neither of them have any interest in balancing the budget…as we barrel right towards the fiscal cliff!

  • Daniel Latrimurti

    Waste your vote on Gary Johnson like I am. Send a message to the establishment that the flame of freedom, liberty, and the common sense logic of having a sane foreign policy, a constitutionally limited and government and balanced budges is alive and well. You can also download the Gary Johnson mobile app for android and donate to his campaign and share his message with your friends.Here’s the URL, http://goo.gl/Psc5o

  • Voting for Gary Johnson is voting ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ in this rigged democratic process. The Democratic Party owners and the Republican Party owners decide who the American people can vote for (same owners by the way). The primaries have been a ridiculous comedy these last 2 elections: losing truckloads of ballots, changing delegate rules, falsifying vote totals, etc. If third party candidates are never allowed to be included in the debates, then we will always be given the choice between a ‘douche bag’ or a ‘turd sandwich’.

  • Waste your vote and women , children, the poor and old will all suffer, it is a vote for Romeny and mega millionaires who will continue to errode our democracy. This is not the year to fight this battle. There is indeed a lesser of two evils in this battle and while we had different expectations of Obama, Romney has a plan to turn the US into a plutocratic theocracy. This election is not about the economy no matter how hard they pretend
    Do not waste your vote. This one makes a difference. Obama will swing more left without an election hovering. He needs a second term to fix the crapheap Bush cuts and wars left. ROMNEY WILL SINK US DEEPER. AND WILL ENJOY EVERY VOTE YOU WASTE! A vote for Johnson is a vote for Romney. Dont kid yourselves. (UNLESS YOUR STATE IS SUPER DARK BLUE!!!! in which case power to your defiancd of the system and be thankful to be amongst the more enlightened. Peace!!!!


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