I know a
lot of people who, rightly appalled at the immoral political system
we live under, conclude that it would be morally wrong to vote,
or at least that they themselves will not do so, because they
would thereby be consenting to the system. This includes voting
for Ron Paul.
I think this
is a mistake for two reasons.
(1) If you
were stuck in a prison camp, and the guards let you vote on whether
you were to have gruel or prime rib for dinner, would you be consenting
to the system to vote for prime rib, or would you simply
be doing the best you could under the circumstances to improve
your material condition? (I owe this argument to someone but cant
remember where I got it from. Roderick Long, maybe?)
Americans wont consider even listening to a point of view
that barely registers on the political radar screen. Whether out
of intellectual laziness, cowardice, whatever, they just wont.
So it hurts us if Ron Paul gets 1% of the vote. But if he gets
solid double digits, those people who might be faint of heart
might realize they arent totally alone in supporting him,
and will be more willing to do so. Yes, this is ridiculous and
unjust, but thats how it is. Thats why I think it
hurts the cause of the free society not to vote for Ron Paul.
with permission from TomWoods.com.