I've been a follower of Ron Paul for a long time and had every intention of voting for him this year but he is out. So my vote will go to Gary Johnson. Ron Paul really should endorse Gary Johnson if he is truly for Liberty. I understand he wants everyone to make their own decisions but the fact is most people don't pay enough attention and will vote for Romney because Rand endorsed him. Now Ron needs to take a stand for liberty and endorse Gary Johnson.
Not mine but passing along
Should I Vote For Ron Paul or Gary Johnson? **UPDATED**
Did you know just a 5% showing by Gary Johnson would give the Libertarian party access to millions of dollars of federal funding? Read below.
Does Ron Paul still have a chance of Winning? No.
The candidate "must file" to be eligible to be a write in candidate in 48% (260/538) of the states. Ron Paul has NOT done this with any. Zip. His campaign has no plans to do this. Therefore, only 278 electoral votes remain. Out of this 278, 147 don't allow write-ins at all, or have a Sore Loser Law that prohibits one. So we are down to a possible 131 electoral votes that he could win. Even if he won all 131, he still does not have a chance to win because he needs to get to 270.
Do we have a chance of Gary Johnson winning? Yes (although very remote).
Has Ron Paul endorsed him? Sort of.
He said, "I think he's wonderful, and I think he's doing a good job and people should look at him and every individual should make up his own mind"
I dont think Dr. Paul would endorse Gary Johnson as it could potentially hurt Rand's GOP standing and family comes before politics. The statement he made above is as close of an endorsement as we're going to get.
Here is the most crucial information:
In the 1970′s Congress passed a handful of laws and amendments with the intention of reducing the influence of money in political campaigns (ha). You can read a general summary about the Presidential Election Campaign Fund here: http://www.fec.gov/press/bkgnd/fund.shtml, and peruse the official text of the Federal Election Campaign Act and its amendments here: http://www.fec.gov/law/feca/feca.pdf
There are a few rules about matching funds for primary and general elections, but the big prize is the $91 million grant to “each major party nominee” as well as another $18 million for their party conventions. It’s all funded by taxpayers who voluntarily check a checkbox to specifically divert $3 of their tax bill (note: not paying $3 more) into this election funding pot.
A “major party” is defined as a political party that got “25 percent or more of the total number of popular votes” in the last presidential election, which conveniently only includes the Republicans and Democrats right now (I had been wondering how taxpayers were on the hook for those conventions).
However, a “minor party” is a party whose previous candidate received “5 percent or more but less than 25 percent.” And guess what? Minor parties are eligible for general election funds too, in direct proportion to how far above 5% they get.
If Gary Johnson gets 5% of the vote in 2012, the Libertarian Party has access to millions of government dollars in 2016.
Some may have issues with the Libertarian party accepting funds from the federal government but if tax payer dollars were actually going towards something that was helping to SHRINK government and ultimately significantly REDUCE those taxpayer dollars, i think most would find it acceptable as a temporary measure.
So which vote, at this point in time, will help further the cause of liberty and give the message the most exposure?
I have been struggling with this decision for weeks and after learning about the 5% rule, for me the choice is clear in advancing and spreading the message of liberty - Gary Johnson. I hope this helped you make your choice. Thank you to Ed LaRue for making me aware of this vital information!
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I have followed Ron Paul for the past 20 years. He knew then what he was talking about! He knows now what he is telling us would happed, and did! I told him 3 months ago I would Write Him In As My Vote and I still intend to do that. These oteh two, Oboma and Romney JUST DON'T GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
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My first gut instinct was to vote for Ron Paul as a write in vote. However in Florida,write-ins don't count,so I am voting for Gary Johnson. Nobody else even comes close as far as defending the founding documents and the founding generation's example for us. I welcome all opinions on my posts,even from Romney/Obama supporters or voters.
RP would make a great president but i think he just doesn't have a snowball's
chance which is too bad. in fact, it's horrifing. i'm afraid his delegates would
take votes away from Romney.
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I'm all for Romney losing! Gary Johnson 2012!
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Please realize that if you vote for anyone other than Romney, you are voting for Obama.
There is a BIG difference between Obama and Romney. In my opinion Romney is closer to the Libertarians' ideas than Obama. That's why I'll vote for Romney.
The Democrats will just destroy America as we know it with their continued spending and no plans to change.
Romney I believe embraces all of the Libertarian views except he does believe in a strong military which I believe we must have in order to keep our liberty.
The founders of this country were not pacifists!
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I hear you. I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet, but I do know that Obama is the most dangerous and wicked human being to ever step foot in the WH. He hasn't even proven he's eligible to hold the office of POTUS.
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Is there anyway to get O'bummer out of the running for president with this new Bengaziei Gate and the U.S. supplying arms to Terrorrist just look at that whole sandbox area now,I'm voting for Mittens just to get O'bummer out of office but I also understand that Mittens is just another Bush in a repaked form, but we just won't be able to recognize America if O'vomit is reelected for another 4. Fast & Furious on STeroids running guns to Al-Keida, ,I know there are many others out there who would vote for Dr. Paul if not for O'bummer being on the ballot and the NEED to GET HIM OUT . though in HELLary while you are at it she's just as bad just not as ovious.
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It's just a possibility here I mean its 11/28/2012 just 9 days before the elections ,BUT, what would happen if Bengazei Gate were to errupt in O'bunglers face before the election? Was Senator Stevens supplying arms to Al-keida was O'crap overseing the operation,and Mittens is just another Bush in sheeps clothing although a much better proposition than O'bummer even just that he let the Embasedor die while he watched thru a drone taking a video,and then the B.S. about a you-tube video insulting the uninsultable Mohamed if that could get him brought up on charges of TREASON or better yet his whole cabinet ,BUT,for this election we just need O'bummer in too much troble,with O'bummer out of the Running we would no longer need to worry about him getting reelected and if you were to Run , ah DREAMS
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Gary Johnson is for abortion, and legal genocide. End of story. I'm not going to waste my vote and give Obama the upper hand. Romney is the best choice to me.
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Being pro-choice doesn't mean you support abortion, it means it's not our right to push our beliefs on someone else and that it shouldn't be law. People will get abortions if they have to take it to a back alley and that is dangerous, lets keep t safe. Romney won't make abortion illegal either and he's just as bad of a choice as Obama but if he wins it'll be less of a chance for Rand in 2016. Gary Johnson is the only logical choice if you are Pro-Liberty.
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Ron Paul was my first choice
BUT PLEASE DON'T WRITE HIM IN!
The Libertarian Party received MATCHING FUNDS in Future election cycles IF and ONLY IF the Libertarian Candidate (Gary Johnson) receives sufficient votes THIS ELECTION.
You know how critical money is to a Campaign!
Please vote for Gary Johnson.
Please copy/paste and SPREAD THIS MESSAGE on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, ETC.
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I like the way you said it best, Dj. When the time is right, the next move will be clearly set before us. This is not the time. The time to vote one OUT is now. We will have our time to make our stand, soon enough. Hurting ourselves to prove a point is... sheer stupidity.
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California, Obama / Mitt, November contest would likely give the California winner prize to Obama but how would a 3 way Obama, Mitt & Ron write in vote count end up? RP votes in 2008 were counted.
The Goldman Sacs / Fed reserve / GMO food-fuel twins might create a fun contest with the Texas Dr. Ron Paul
Auit the fed, support HR 459 Paul & S 202 Paul
Is this game about D R or other? maybe it is about saving the republic. Maybe Obama and Mitt are the underdogs.
There is only one choice. The Republican party did everything against the Liberty Candidates RP and GJ. GaryJohnson had the forsight to move over to the Libertarian Party knowing the Republicans would do everything to not allow RP to win the nomination.
Now there is only one Liberty Candidate remaining on the Ballot on Nov 6th. Any vote not for Johnson is a vote against Liberty and for Tieranny. All RP supporters and Liberty lovers need to come together and vote for Johnson as a Protest Vote. If Johnson receives the 5% it will send shockwaved throughout the political system. The voices of Liberty will be heard!
If you vote for RP as a write in, then the Repubican party will have been successful in completely minimizing RP. Even RP has stated that we should not write in, but instead vote 3rd party. I don't know how much clearer he could be.
Gary Johnson 2012 = Liberty Vote!
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I believe if it were'nt for the republican party changing the 'rules' at the republican convention, Ron Paul could have very well have won, the republican nomination...and the presidency
RON PAUL IS MY PRESIDENT, EXCEPT NO OTHER!
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If you don't vote for Romney, you're throwing your vote away. The fact is, this country is stuck with the two-party system. Not my opinion, it is a fact! If you allow Obama to "fundamentally transform" this country into a socialistic state, you should get what's coming to you.
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We fought the good fight and lost the battle. We can still win the war but it will come when the time is right. This is too important an election to try and prove a point which is basically cutting off our face to spite our nose. Obama and his administration are entirely too dangerous an entity to have in office. I'm voting for Romney and readying for our next move.
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If I thought for half a minute that Ron Paul could win, I'd vote for him. He's who I would want most. However, at the rate this is going, if you have 6 people to cast votes and each person has one marble:
2 marbles roll to Obama's side
2 marbles roll to Romney's side
1 marble to Paul's side
1 marble to Johnson's side
It has happened like this before and the one we didn't want is the one who won, in the end. I don't like Obama OR Romney, at all. However, I'd rather have Romney than Obama for a 2nd round (which he promised - in the beginning - that he would not take). If just ONE of those two spare marbles had rolled to Romney's side, he would have a chance. If not, we are going to wind up stuck where we are for another 4 years. You say you do not want Obama back in, but you are doing EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTS and HELPING HIM WIN. (Look back at the Ross Perot election mess and see how well this election lines up with that one. The votes we needed to keep one out were lost on Ross Perot, who everyone KNEW would not have enough votes to win.) I cannot believe how many blind people we have in this country! I cannot believe Ron Paul would let this awful event repeat itself. It causes me to think so much less of him than I ever did, before. It's becoming rather obvious that Ron Paul WANTS Obama to win and you are playing the game he wants you to play. Why else wouldn't he be out there encouraging his people to cast their votes AGAINST him IN A PLACE THAT WILL COUNT IN THE END? Do you think they will let your votes be seen any more now than they were all year? Go ahead and throw away your votes. In the end, that will give Obama your vote! It's obviously what Ron Paul wants you to do! I'm as sick of this mess as you are, but I cannot see why putting Obama back in there is a good thing. Someone explain to me how that is a good thing! I just can't understand why it's what all of you want so badly!
I voted early this last week for Mitt Romney. Why? Because we need breathing room at this point that will hopefully stave off economic destruction, UN take over of the USA, and pull back on thier reigns of Socialism. We could feel the noose tightening around our necks, and we have to stop the crazy train before its too late.
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I wrote in Ron Paul. In live in Washington State a highly Democratic state, so my vote counts as a "I want change". I wrote in "nobody" for all the rest of the positions. I did this because that's how I feel, I have lost all respect for my two main parties. If you vote for the lesser of two evils...... guess what? your still voting for evil.
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I won't vote and cancelled my voter registration. I discovered that voter registration is a contract with the Corporation and gives the Corporation power of attorney for your vote. The Corporation can vote for you and every other registered voter. Your vote is meaningless.
I understand and encourage you to vote for "nobody". That's what I did. If the "nobody vote" gets any respectable power, then maybe a 3rd can come in.
I'm casting a strategy vote. I can write in Paul, but most of you cannot. Since I want to show the GOP where the votes they could have had went, that leaves Goode and Johnson. Since the LP is the closest to major party status, I'll pick GJ.
I agree with GJ on some big issues, so I can cast that vote no problem.
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