Why I Will Not Vote For Ron Paul – by Anthony Freeman

Before my fellow friends of freedom “flame” me, let me first define my terms. I define “voting” as:

– the use of the political process by which individuals seek to force their will and opinions upon those who disagree with them.

I consider the political process of voting as nothing more than “mob rule”. It is akin to encountering a group of thugs in a dark alley who claim a right to your property because they outnumber you. Political voting is simply a contest for the control over the use of coercive power.

I, like the Voluntaryists, consider the political process to be illegitimate. Here is the Voluntaryist view from their website:

Statement of Purpose: Voluntaryists are advocates of non-political, non-violent strategies to achieve a free society. We reject electoral politics, in theory and in practice, as incompatible with libertarian principles. Governments must cloak their actions in an aura of moral legitimacy in order to sustain their power, and political methods invariably strengthen that legitimacy. Voluntaryists seek instead to delegitimize the State through education, and we advocate withdrawal of the cooperation and tacit consent on which State power ultimately depends.

This is in alignment with the inescapable conclusions so eloquently presented by Lysander Spooner in No Treason VI: The Constitution of No Authority and Robert LeFevre’s A Way To Be Free – Epilogue. I consider both of these a “must read” for anyone who considers himself a supporter of life and liberty.

I will not vote via the political process.

Instead, I propose a different kind of voting. It is voting with your dollars through mutual, voluntary exchange. Pay, voluntarily, for those products and services which you value. Withhold your resources from those offering products and services which you do not. If products and services are forced upon you seek any peaceable means possible to avoid or evade the imposition. This is the essence of self-defense.

While Ron Paul is no doubt a friend of liberty, I do not agree with his chosen means by which to achieve his desired end. While his motives may be pure, it is inconsistent to utilize the coercive process of politics to bring about the end of coercion. His motive may simply be to use the political platform to publicize the ideas of liberty but it is a dangerous and misleading path. It gives legitimacy to the most destructive institution of all – coercive government. What is the alternative? Self Government.

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5 responses to “Why I Will Not Vote For Ron Paul – by Anthony Freeman

  1. I like a lot of what Ron Paul stands for. I am able to pick up certain U.S. T.V. programs from where I am safely located in the world so I enjoy keeping informed about what is going on all over the world including in the U.S.

    But I think Ron Paul will not become president because of what he said about Osama Bin Laden and the killing of that rascal. He said if he were president he would not have ordered the killing of OSAMA. First of all, the Seal team killed the terrorist because he was lunging for a weapon and so they had to take him out. Also, a lot of Americans rejoiced in the elimination of OSAMA just as they rejoiced when World War II ended. So that statement from Ron Paul I believe will ruin his chances . This is just an opinion of an outsider looking at American politics.

    Freedom from Government Slavery

  2. In other words, a vote cast is a wasted vote. I quit voting years ago, for that reason. To me, voting is a endorsement for the state. I really like Ron Paul, and a few others, but I will not vote for anyone.

  3. Stopped voting in 2000 after being convinced it was a fraud, an immoral approval of the tyranny of the majority and those that vote have no right to complain about the outcome. Besides, it is a government project.

    But that doesn’t mean I don’t see the value in getting Ron Paul media and public attention for his ideas. Nor am I worried he will stab me in the back over his positions since his limitations are pretty overt—though he did wus out as the CONvention neared in ’08.

    He serves as a useful gathering point for the remnant. We get to observe interesting times; it might as well be together.

  4. What you didnt tell them. Is he said, ” I would have captured him and brought him to trial”. He didnt reach for a gun. Fact is the story has changed so much. We will never know what really happened. Just like everything else, secrecy. Only a corrupt government could classify 26 million documents in 2009 alone.
    Government is a necessary evil. Ron Paul believes people should live freely, and be able to do as they wish. Without fear of arrest, or unlawful detainment. he is the only one who can restore the public.
    Zietgeist would be great, but lets face it. To many people with selfish motives.

  5. George Washington

    Ron Paul makes alot of sense. Why just execute OBL instead of capturing him and bringing him before a Court of Law. For Christ sake we brought Nazi’s in front of Courts, we brought those responsible for 9/11 before the court, entirely with Pakistan help by the way, is it entirely ridiculous to follow another Nations Sovereignty?

    That being said;
    “IT IS VERY POSSIBLE THAT RON PAUL CAN WIN 2012!” Here are some non “Paul” polls from different media outlets showing that only Mr. Ron Paul has a shot to contend with Obama 2012, and they are actually nearly dead even.
    Please look for Yourself;
    http://politics.videosift.com/video/Poll-Suggests-Ron-Paul-Can-Beat-Obama-in-2012
    http://2012obama.com/presidential-polls/ron-paul-vs-obama-in-2012-presidential-election/
    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/04/survey-ron-paul-dead-even-with-obama-in-hypothetical-2012-race/1
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Townhallcom-Presidential-Straw-Poll/114013445328868?sk=app_19540106280
    Constitutionally, legislatively, and morally, Ron Paul has no equal. His 22 year voting record speaks for itself.

    Please help give America back Her Constitution.
    Ron Paul for Republican Nom and President in 2012.
    Thank You