Jeremy Kauffman is the Libertarian nominee for US Senate running against Don Bolduc (R) and Maggie Hassan (D). Many libertarians will be voting for him and many disaffected Republicans and Democrats are likely to, as well. However, some liberty-minded folks will be voting for one of the two evil candidates. This is not because they believe Bolduc or Hassan are the best candidates for the job. It is because they believe only Hassan and Bolduc can win, and they have to help the ‘less evil’ one win. So, even though Jeremy Kauffman would be the candidate that best represents them, they feel he won’t win so they must vote for one of the two-party candidates. This is a phenomenon known as ‘Wasted Vote Syndrome’.
Independent and third-party voters have always dealt with people who want them to vote for their major party candidate accusing them of “wasting their vote” because the third party candidate “can’t win”. This is what I was told in 2016 when I wanted to vote for Gary Johnson. I was told by my bosses at my job in Utah that if I voted for Gary Johnson instead of Trump, I would be “acting like a child,” “wasting my vote,” and potentially “helping Hillary Clinton.” None of that was true. Republicans do not own libertarian votes. Libertarian ideals are just what Republicans sometimes campaign on, only to violate their promises once in office. If I could go back in time, I would tell my younger self that all I was doing by voting for Gary Johnson was voting for Gary Johnson. And if I voted for Trump, who I didn’t actually want to vote for, I would be betraying myself.
I ended up voting for Trump in Utah, a state he was already going to win. I regret that now, mostly because I let myself get bullied into making a choice I didn’t want to make. I could have voted for the candidate who I truly believed represented me best. Trump won in 2016, and the world didn’t end for the Democrats. Biden won in 2020, and the world still hasn’t ended for the Republicans. We are all living our lives the way we would be regardless of what is going on in DC.
What will bring you liberty in your lifetime immediately is not any of the candidates for Senate winning. The thing that will bring you liberty immediately is taking control and responsibility for each one of your actions now and refusing to be manipulated into doing things you don’t believe in.
That is why I will be voting for Jeremy Kauffman on Tuesday. Because no matter who wins or loses, my vote is about me and your vote is about you. You’ve done your research and you know what you believe. If you believe mandated vaccines are wrong, you should not vote for Maggie Hassan who strongly supported corona-fascism. If you believe war is one of the most evil things that occur on this planet you should not vote for the General who lied about getting hit to escalate violence against a Granite Stater this week. If you believe in liberty, you should vote for Jeremy Kauffman. Have courage and stand for whatever you believe in because your faith in yourself depends on it.
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Janet · November 6, 2022 at 1:00 pm
So all NH Libertarians who vote for Kauffman and claim to want their guns, wars to end, less federal government intrusion, school choice, less taxes, etc., will only have themselves to blame if Republicans lose. Sometimes you have to hold your nose and accept the “lesser of two evils” for the overall good. This is especially true when you realize that it was Democrats who poured money into Bolduc’s campaign to purposely get a “weaker” candidate to run against the Democrat. Don’t let them get away with it!!!
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