For years I was registered as a Republican, and lately as an Independent. For the same years I've said I was a conservative with Libertarian tendencies. The truth is that I was a Libertarian but didn't want to waste my vote. I voted for Nixon, Carter, Reagan, I did vote for Ross Perot and was a member of his Political Party, but when push came to shove I voted for Clinton the second time so as not to waste my vote. Then Bush, disagreed with just about everything, considered him a war criminal and scoundrel at best, but voted for him to avoid wasting my vote. This time I'd decided to not vote at all, then a friend convinced me to vote Republican hopefully to keep Obama out. Well we all know how that worked out, and he was elected and is busily tearing this country apart, moving us closer and closer to a communist state, a broke and destitute, bankrupt communist state, every day.
Well I was mouthing off to another friend. He was implying that I was really a Republican responsible for the mess the country is in, of course the Democrats had nothing to do with it, right? I said that yes I voted Republican sometimes, but also voted Democrat other times, but in my heart was a Libertarian and given a choice would follow that and if they had a chance would vote them into office. That they would return to the original ideas of the founders, reduce the size of the government and maybe get us back on track.
My friend asked why I didn't vote Libertarian and I said basically I didn't want to waste my vote, that they didn't stand a chance in hell and while it's great in theory not so much in the real world. Well my friend said that if everybody that is really Libertarian would come out of the closet, not worry about wasting their vote, and vote for Libertarian cantidates then maybe that would change and they'd be elected and be able to make the changes we'd all like to see. He said well then why not stand up like a man and vote for who I think is the best choice and to hell with if it's a wasted vote. The more I thought about it he was right. So, today I voted a straight Libertarian ticket. I probably won't again if there's another party cantidate that's a better choice, but today I did it to set myself free, and of course because there wasn't anyone else running that was worth a damn anyway. So maybe I haven't gotten out of the closet all the way yet, but it's a baby step.