It’s been awhile since I last posted, largely due to a busy work schedule. Also, I was traveling when the SCOTUS announced its ACA ruling and by the time I got back felt that so much had been written about it that it would be pointless to add more (except for the observation that we are now treating certain types of taxes the way we treat obscenity – that at some unspecified, know-it-when-we-see-it point, a tax gets big enough to be punitive and thus, unconstitutional, but this current penalty is not it; that’s a jarring development).
Nevertheless, it seemed like a good time to share this link of Penn Jillette appearing on Hannity. First, hearing Hannity trot out the Kang and Kodos response should be off-putting enough for you to come over to Penn’s/my side (and if not – how about “Come on, you don’t need to really declare war! Like with those actual words and stuff.” [paraphrased]). But I thought Jillette’s line “The most important thing is for the government to allow more freedom than I want for myself” was pretty great.
Maybe that sounds like a pipe dream to you. And it’s true, Gary Johnson is not going to win the 2012 Presidential election. But what he could easily do is secure the most votes a Libertarian candidate has ever received. And if that happens, you won’t see Libertarian candidates being left off ballots. You might even see them involved in debates. You’d hear more ideas, and you’d see someone challenging Republicans and Democrats to be accountable on things they claim to stand for (like fiscal responsibility and civil liberties, respectively). If you think more ideas are a good thing (even if you don’t agree with all of them), and you don’t live in Florida, Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina, or Wisconsin, you have literally nothing to lose. Instead of staying home, or instead of holding your nose and voting for the guy you hate slightly less than the other guy, try sending a message that’s bigger than just this one election. If enough of us throw our vote in the same pile, it might just get too big to ignore.