By Dan Starr
Acting Chairman, Libertarians for Romney, Pima County, AZ
Why Conservatives/Libertarians Should Support Romney for President
Yes, Mitt Romney is more liberal than many libertarians prefer and thus many refuse to support him. They will vote for Gary Johnson or write in Ron Paul or even his son Rand, none of which stand any chance of becoming President. It's a statement of principles, which is fine but is trumped (pun much intended) by several other considerations - reasons why Libertarians should support Mitt Romney and vote him into office. What are these reasons? Here they are:
A. Little changes overnight. Immediate change requires violent revolution, one in which people are killed. Note that the Framers tried many times to petition King George before starting The Revolutionary War. It's all there in the Declaration of Independence. Current Americans would do well to try all available avenues before starting a Second Revolution.
B. It fits human nature in a superior way and thus is more likely to get support. Human nature is...well...human, despite various new technologies. You can often judge human nature via old sayings. Two relevant ones are "Rome wasn't built in a day" and "Bit by bit, piece by piece." I strongly suspect human nature is why the Republican "establishment" is behind Romney.
C. The idea of punishing Republicans might be true but our nation simply can't afford another four years of Socialism.
Not voting at all helps assure us four MORE years. It's time to cast a vote FOR new liberty, a vote that means something to all Americans, not just makes the voter feel noble, etc.
D. Finally, there's one reason that is not often considered. A win by someone who at least says they are conservative encourages other, even more conservative, folks to consider a run. Getting candidates is easier when those folks have some chance of winning. This is especially true when you must be rich to run for this office.
For these, reasons this Independent/Libertarian voter is supporting Romney.