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Don't throw away
your vote

By Dave Duffy

Dave Duffy

Issue #42 • November/December, 1996

Who's going to win the Presidential election? Sounds like a timely question, for sure, but I'm not sure it's the most important question we could ask in this election season. How about this question: How am I going to protect myself against whoever is going to win?

If Dole wins, government will probably continue to grow just as it has grown through all the years he's been in the Senate. If Clinton wins, government will grow even faster. What a choice. A vote for Dole is a vote for the slow but steady erosion of my freedoms, and a vote for Clinton is a vote for even quicker erosion.

Sounds to me like we need a "none of the above" option on the ballot. We'll never get such an option, of course, because it would interfere with the cozy game of musical chairs Democrats and Republicans now play with the White House and Congress. They just swap jobs every few years and do their best to prevent reform-minded parties from gaining a foothold on political power.

Well, I'm not going to play in their game anymore. I refuse to throw away my vote on the lesser of two evils, and I'll vote instead for Harry Brown, Presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party, which is the only political party that stands for true limited government.

In a nutshell, the Libertarian Party believes in strict adherence to the Constitution. Not the way the courts have perverted it through bizarre interpretations to accomplish various forms of social engineering, but the way it is written: all power not specifically delegated to the government belong to the people, etc. Forget social engineering, gun confiscation, victimless crimes, and excessive taxation, etc. because the Constitution doesn't call for any of that stuff. Dump the IRS and half the other worthless and counterproductive government agencies that the Democrats and Republicans have dumped on us.

The two-party system has failed America. It has given us an entrenched political aristocracy that has perverted our Constitution and stolen our freedoms. It has given us bureaucracy on top of bureaucracy whose main purpose is to keep us citizens in line and paying through the nose so they can perpetuate their power. It has even stolen the future of our children by heaping an enormous debt on them. And it has given us the likes of Dole and Clinton so that we must go into the voting booth with a barf bag.

This election I'm going to make a difference. I'm going to take that first crucial step in healing what ails my country by voting for a sensible alternative. I'm voting Libertarian.

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