Romney and The Lesser of Two Evils Argument…

Bill Whittle on the problem of principles and wanting to vote 3rd party and the upcoming election.  It is definitely worth a watch.

Sadly he’s right.  I would rather vote third-party, except as Bill Whittle says doing so enables the greater evil.

The closing comment from Bill Whittle is right:

The fundamental difference between these two men is Mitt Romney loves America and Barack Obama is determined to destroy America.

No matter what we’re not reversing the slope this election.  The best we can do is lessen it to try to pull back.  I am principled enough that I cannot fool myself into thinking that voting for a third-party exempts me from my responsibility regarding the health and well-being of this country.

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.

He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do it’s thing.

About Barron Barnett

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do it’s thing.
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8 Responses to Romney and The Lesser of Two Evils Argument…

  1. Ben C says:

    If your choice is between not voting and voting for a third party, by all means vote for a third party. Since around 1900 there has only been one, maybe 2, presidential elections that would have been changed by giving ALL of the third party vote to the “lesser evil” candidate that lost.

    Also, check out Robb on his take: http://blog.robballen.com/Post/7766/i-hate-that

    • Barron says:

      I’d have to do a lot more digging but that argument certainly holds true as long as you resided deep in enemy territory. If you live however in a swing state the percentage may be much closer.

      For instance in 2008 there was no point in me voting McCain because there was no way we could change the outcome thanks to the PRPS. Now though it is considerably closer. If we look at only the 2.4% that voted “other” in 2008, currently the race locally is closer than anyone expected…

      If you want to vote your conscience go ahead, the fact remains though no matter what you do, it will either be the turd sandwich or giant douche who wins. Currently I’m watching the local polls to figure out if I’m going to vote third party or ensure I’m not throwing it.

      A great example is the 2000 election where almost 5% voted third party, the two main candidates were separated by the difference, (less than a .25% between them). If you’re states a blow out, it certainly won’t matter. If you’re states anywhere close to being tight, you can still vote 3rd party, and I won’t knock you for it. However it should be noted that while you may hate them both, you may be helping the one you hate more. Especially if your state normally leans that direction and this year it’s unusually right.

      All I want you to do is pay attention and do what you think is right.

      • Ben C says:

        Even in the 2000 election, most states were not within 3.74% overall popular vote margin. Most states could have had the third party vote added to the loser’s total and not changed anything at all. Florida was not one of those state though, and the 3rd party vote would have been enough to swing that state firmly to either of the 2 “gems” we had that year and possibly swap the election. MN (my state) would have swung the other way if all the third party voters voted for the loser instead too.

        After watching the GOP screw with the rules solely to keep Paul out of the convention, I will not be voting for Romney. If Paul would have lost fair and square, that would be different. I want Obama out, but I am not willing to support the GOP and their dirty tricks this year in order to do that.

        • Barron says:

          So in other words, you’re willing to accept another 4 years of Obama. I cannot accept that, AT ALL. He needs to go, period. If he doesn’t there will be nothing left come 2016.

          • Ben C says:

            Regardless of outcome, I will not be voting for Romney. Regardless of outcome, I will not be voting for Obama.

            For me, it is third party or stay home.

            Obama needs to be out of office. But if Romney is what we have to replace him with… I’ll not vote for a giant douche or turd sandwich. Even if the rest of the crowd does.

  2. BobG says:

    Much as I dislike Romney, I dislike Obama more, and I think voting third party is just as bad as voting for Obama.
    Just my opinion.

    • Barron says:

      I know of a lot of people planning on voting 3rd party just because they dislike Romney, but like you they hate Obama more. I’ve also encountered a bunch that are voting 3rd party for the first time. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but small numbers do add up and this might get interesting.

  3. I am no where near as knowledgable as I should be on all things election, but for me, I want Obama out. I think he is very dangerous and I don’t trust the rest of America, so the idea that others are voting for anyone other than the two main people just isn’t plausible to me.