Why should I vote? Is it important to vote? My view on this is simple if you don’t vote my vote counts more. So really the purpose of this post is not to encourage you to vote, in fact, ironically I prefer you don’t vote.
My view on voting and politics
Therefore, my world view will come closer to reality if you do not vote. Are you sure you want this? Therefore, I recommend you look over my blog on political economy and decide if you support the same ideas that I do. If you do, exactly the same ideas, then and only then do suggest you vote.
Voting is all about awareness
Of course, I’m being ironic here, and the purpose of this blog post is really to encourage you to vote. Even if you don’t have the same views I do, the act of thinking about, and being aware of the issues will make you a better person in a humanistic sense.
My background is in economics, as I have a master’s degree in this subject. My wife has a master’s degree in political science. And believe it or not, together we have pretty similar views. We’re married and we live I would consider a normal middle-class life. The reason my blog is interesting is that its purpose is to raise awareness about specific political and economic issues which you personally can vote on.
Perhaps I’m idealistic, but I believe this political process of elections, democracy, and voting, this whole debate of the issues advances society and our civilization, even if we don’t come to an agreement.
And therefore, it gets me back to my original point that is many people think why do I need to vote? My answer is because the process of exploring and thinking about the ideas involved in the current political process and our society will make you a better human being. It will make you more aware of others they share the country with, and different solutions for your own life.
In conclusion, what I am saying is yes it does matter who is elected, but in a democracy, it’s more the process and the debate that advances the society more than the result of the election. This is because even politicians change their mind, and their direction once they are elected.
In fact, this seems to be more the rule than the exception. Politicians change their minds because society as a whole changes their mind. And maybe with time, the minds of our current leaders, who are nothing more than the reflection of our collective unconsciousness will change.
If our leaders are truly a reflection of our collective unconsciousness, and they might be, then we should focus more on changing ourselves and raising society’s awareness then worrying about who is elected so much.
The question why should I vote? is answered. It is an awareness thing more than a result thing. For a Republican, many of you are saying this is not possible, but I am a Republican.
The purpose of this post is to give you the reasons why to vote Republican. However, it will also explain why not to vote Republican. Let me say at the beginning that I am a Republican party member, however, I have voted both Democrat and Libertarian. I am sometimes tempted to be a non-affiliated voter. I do not want to let my views influence your choice on how to vote. Let’s first look at the issues around voting with the GOP. I want to be as objective as possible.
The world is a war of ideas – Schopenhauer
Top reasons to vote Republican
Republicans believe in small government. I am a college Professor who teaches economics. Let the markets work or we will be on the Road to Serfdom (Hayek). Here is some evidence: https://www.heritage.org/index/ranking
Republicans believe in low taxes. Who knows how to spend your earnings better, you or the government? Think about this. You do not want to be ‘working for your neighbor’s wife’ (William Bradford, Plymouth Colony Governor). Empirical evidence the relationship between economic growth and taxes
Republicans believe small and big business translates to higher pay for you. In a market economy businesses generate earnings that go into wages, retained earnings for investment, and general wealth creation. Countries that lower taxes generally do better.
Republicans are pro-life, all babies are also.
The economy usually grows under Republican administrations if you factor out war (which is not real growth, and government transfer of wealth).
Republicans are legal as opposed to illegal immigration. My wife immigrated legally and it was a long process. Would you let someone into your personal home illegally?
Your personal freedom is maximized, such as school choice over ‘public schools’. I teach at a College. Public schools are producing generations of children that will learn multiple-choice tests, called standards. Home Scholars and parochial schools are light years ahead. Here is some evidence: Home school versus public schools
Republicans believe like George Washington did, that this Republic needs religion and morals and unity to stay strong. Read Washington’s Farewell Address. My family lived under communism, and the objective was to replace the Divine with the state bureaucracy. It is freedom of religion not freedom from religion.
The #1 reason many people vote GOP is, as imperfect as the GOP is, the alternative would destroy the American dream. When governments control the economy this is what happens: What life looks like under socialism My family lived through this.
Why not vote Republican
Now, look at some of the reasons why people do not vote Republican.
Republicans are light on environmental issues. I am a global warming skeptic to some extent, but some climate change is real, based on our data. However, we do not know if humans cause 1% or this or 99% of this or even if this change is bad. However, less pollution, a public good, is a reasonable goal as it has externalities that affect individuals not connected to the production process.
Republicans do not restrict guns. In places, with gun control, there are fewer gun incidences. It is my premise that a percentage of the population is unstable. Assault weapons should not be allowed, guns for people to hunt on their homesteads yes, but anti-tank rockets, flamethrowers, bazookas, and assault weapons are not in the U.S. Constitution. Some people are just unstable and data shows protective use is outweighed by accidental or unstable minds for some types of weapons.
Republicans often favor the military and imperialism. Mercantilism of the British Empire was the paradigm shift the American Revolution was about. Now with 800 military bases around the world in 150 countries, we emulate the idea we rebelled against. We could triple homeland security and the national guard and police at home and bring the military to 10% of current spending. The result would be our country would be paved with gold because there would be less crowding out of the private investment. We spend over half of our disposable income on weapons, what if we spent a fraction of that on childhood cancer for example? The issue is Democrats spend on the military just the same. So this is really a neutral point. The founding fathers warned against standing armies as they did not want us to be like Rome or the British empire. Five Star General and President Eisenhower warned about this misallocation of resources. Peace is the answer for humanity and the US
Establishment Republicans are influenced by special interest like, business as much as the Democrats. For example, they support GMO food companies which means your family consumes more pesticides, also military companies, which are let’s be honest, merchants of death. However, the Democratic party has its own special interests including the military. Therefore this is a neutral point.
The Republicans are wheelers and dealers like any other political party. This is a neutral point.
Where Republicans, Democrats, and Independents are equal
No party in the United States of America cares about the debt enough to pass a balanced budget amendment to the constitution of the United States.
The GOP tells a convenient story we can grow out of it, and the Democrats do not have a plan for this except taxing the productive. They will increase spending and taxes which slows economic growth for every demographic. Therefore, both parties fall short. That being said read on, as when placed on a scale, there is a clear winner as all issues do not have equal weight.
If you want an economic stimulus to balance the budget and cut Federal spending. This is the opposite of what you have learned from Economic textbooks on the Great Depression of the 1930s. However, government competes with the private sector for scarce resources and this slows market corrections back to equalirbium. That is why the Great Depression and the Great Recession lasted over a decade.
With the Pros and Cons of conservatism – freedom is the best choice to the alternatives
At first glance, it looks like there are as many negatives as positives with regards to the Republican party. However, there is one main reason to vote Republican. However, I agree with the GOP’s underlying premise that:
The government that governs least governs best.
The whole idea of the USA is based on John Locke, Jefferson, Madison, Washington and the enlightenment philosophers that saw the tyranny of big government and how the government will abuse power. It is crazy that people in this modern world with all of history as a testimonial believed that government is the solution.
Government is the problem – Ronald Reagan
If there is one non-Republican that disagrees let them speak. This history of mankind has been a tale of oppressive governments from the kings and queens of old to feudalism to communism. It is only in America today do we have the chance for freedom.
In this spirit, generally, Republicans are more connected with the origin of the United States in terms of the understanding of the founding fathers of the U.S. The Republican party represents a constructivism understanding of the constitution.
What does this mean? It means they try to go back to the original intent of the founding fathers.
People need to study the founding fathers and the original intent of the United States. This is important because of the idealism that the nation was founded on means something. The idea that people rather than government choices your life course.
Both Parties Lack of Monetary Awareness
Both the GOP and Democrats and Independents favor a Central Bank. The Federal Reserve was created in 1913. Growth rates here higher, lower inflation and fewer business cycles before 1913. Both parties would never replace this with something like the gold standard or free banking as politically they need control over the dials that drive the trade cycle. However, the lack of money neutrality increases the Gini co-efficient and the middle class dwindles.
This salient point but subtle and important if you understand the root cause of inequality. That is, with monetary stimulus, which is the modus operandi of the Federal Reserve Bank of the US, there is always a first receiver and a last receiver of benefits. The larger financial institutions and the first receivers, the people who work in retail and lower-paid jobs are the last receivers. Fiat money is not neutral money.
Both parties have a similar stance on this issue.
The GOP’s stance on social and moral issues
Republicans represent family values and loyal to moral issues, rather than base their issues on polls. Examples of this are issues such as prayer in school, or pro-life. Family matters and morals are the fabric that holds society together.
On the extreme, Libertarians may have a very positive viewpoint regarding less government intervention and low taxes, however, they’re very loose in terms of moral stances.
Democrats are not as pure as they make themselves out to be
The Democrats are more of a populist party. They represent a rainbow coalition of special interests. Democratic presidents often are not president’s which promote economic growth or take strong moral stances on issues. However, the stock market usually goes up during Democratic times. Recent Democrats have given more money to big business and Republicans ever have. Democrats position themselves as morally and intellectually superior but the reality is they are elitists and do not understand the philosophical underpinnings of America.
I don’t want to be pro-Republican or even conservative, even though I am a registered Republican because there are many issues I disagree with. I’m not writing this to sway you to vote Republican. However, if I put all the issues on the table it looks like the Republican party has issues that are more important when creating a happier freer society.
Issues that are important to me:
Environmental issues – Democrat (Although there is an argument the freest countries are the cleanest)
Less interventionist military – Both parties cater to the military-industrial complex.
guns – Democrat
Taxes – Republican
Less Socialism – Republican
Better schools through choice – Republican
Family over state responsibility- Republican
More personal freedom – Republican
Middle-Class Prosperity – Republican
Central Bank Monetary Policy – Both parties do this.
However, each issue is not weighted equally. Each person has different utility curves. I believe if you maximize personal freedom, society as a whole be better off. This was the idea of enlightenment. I believe people are innately good. I believe in God, which has become a taboo in our politically correct culture to say anything but ‘spiritual’.
Defining issue to vote GOP
I think the most critical issue is the Republicans are pro-baby. The Republican party was the anti-slavery party even though it is not an easy stance at the time.
Origins of the two US political parties
Abraham Lincoln founded the Republican party. It was founded under freedom for all people.
In contrast, the Democrats were pro-slave. Andrew Jackson, who eradicated the Seminole Native Americans, who were peacefully gathering Seminole pumpkins in the forest, founded the Democratic party or at least was their first President. This does matter.
Why I am a one-issue voter. I believe in God, therefore pro-life. One day we will be asked what we stood for in this life. Taxes and guns and all the other hot issues pale, in comparison to protecting a miracle. And if you are a man or woman in American reading this, let us be honest feminism has messed with your head so much that babies are second to convenience. I love babies; all babies don’t you? Robbing someone from their life is the ultimate in stripping freedom and liberty from people. Republicans take a stand for freedom and moral issues.
Do not listen to the polls or election commentators or be swayed by the current culture. Vote based on your moral consciousness. I am getting a Ph.D. in Economics. I teach college economics. Ironically economic issues are not at the top of my list for voting criteria, because I believe this is a moral choice rather than a monetary choice. Money is so trivial in the grand scheme of life compared to life itself.
I have given you the reasons to vote Red rather than Blue in the election, I am curious to hear your feedback on the above. Is it valid, bias, partial, objective, exciting or whatever?
The purpose of this post is to help you answer the question “who should I vote for”. There is always an election coming up. My thesis is to vote according to your ideals, rather than how a political candidate can help you personally.
Ideals connected to what creates a freer more peaceful and prosperous society need to be your voting navigator.
If you think this is a post of minor importance think again. My hope is not to sway you to vote for the donkey and the elephant, but to vote on your own moral conscious.
I am fortunate to be an American living a good part of my life in Europe. I am slightly distant from the day to day political scene in the States. However, this has given me the perspective of not caring about the issues or campaign slogans as much as the ideals of the individual.
Why you should not vote for candidates that can help you
Voting for someone that can help your life personally seems like the most logical thing to do, right? Perhaps you are going to retire and one person in the election could extend benefits to the retired. Certainly nothing wrong with this right? You might also argue that people acting on their own enlightened self-interest will create a better society (even one of my favorites Adam Smith believed this) correct?
When it comes to voting here is why you should not cast your ballot in your own self-interest:
Politics is a cognitive illusion, like the lottery. It gives people false hope that someday, someone will knock on your door and change your life situation. – This will not happen.
Only you can change your situation in life in the long term. A politician might extend your benefits in a nominal way but will not make your dreams come true. If you think any politician will help you, then you are already moving away from your dreams. This is because the electorate is defusing responsibility. That is the responsibility to change your life is up. No one will bring change to your life except you.
Who should I vote for?
If you can not vote based on self-interest, then the acid test, of who to vote for in any election is the moral standing of the individual running. I have voted republican, democrat and libertarian. I always made my choice in any election based on the moral stance or the ideal of the candidate running for election. I hope you do also.
The determinate criterion for what is moral is, what is congruent with your personal beliefs. Voting is one easy way to put your ideas into action. My point is a voter who acts on morals than a base desire to better their own personal life.
Types of belief in the political process
Economic – The basic question here is – should the government reallocate wealth and to what extent (this includes health care)? What is your view on wealth and money? What is money?
Environment – Is the environment a public good to be used or protected and how do we draw the line?
Life – Is life sacred and a unique or is life an existential cosmic joke?
Education- who has the primary responsibility to teach children about life, parents or the municipalities?
Foreign policy- Peace and love or Imperialism?
Defense – What is the optimal strategy for defense, light, and high tech or tanks and battleships?
Liberty – what is more important personal liberty or the greater good.
Besides the above issues, there is there anything else to vote on? If you think I have missed a question above let me know. Here is my own little poll. Let me know if you there you should vote on your ideas or based on what a politician can do for you? What do you think most people vote on?
This post is better called how the government will make you rich. Please read on.
If you think government takeovers will make things better for you and make your rich or save things, think again. Governments are very poor managers of assets. I live in Eastern Europe. I am an American. People in Eastern Europe are some of the brightest in the world; however, when the government ran the banks, all was dark. Governments do not know how to run businesses efficiently.
Think about the DMV to get your license to drive a car. Think about the Post Office. No way, do I want the government to take over assets. The government says bailout, but this will mean trouble. This equates to Long term trouble for the US economy. The US is basically saying I give up. The economy cannot be run by the people, but the government should do it. Government’s government takeovers in the US Economy are very bad for the economy in the long run.
Never was an economic crisis
Read my lips; there is no crisis. I am an American that lives in Eastern Europe. People 15 years ago had no food on the shelves and no gas for their heating their homes here. Four years ago, unemployment was 21%. People live now on 500 dollars a month, and prices are about the same as the USA. And people here are not talking about an economic crisis like Americans. Well feed Americans with cheap gas and nice roads and heat for their homes and shopping all the time, almost every day for something all they talk about is a crisis. Economic crisis.
Any fiscal or monetary stimulus is analogous to bread and circuses. It seems to appease the voters but in the long run, does little to improve the situation when it comes to real savings and investment.
Economic Crisis and spoiled Americans
I love America but not this crisis, panic media drive mentality that was like the ‘rice crisis’ or ‘bird flu’ or whatever the media throws at you. What happened to rugged individualism? Hacking a life in the ‘wilderness’, however, you define ‘wilderness’, with your own bare hands. This is what America was founded on. Not mass manipulation by the media into a panic about hard times. Go to Africa. You will see hard times. Go to Ukraine, go to India. See how people live who are not crying about the crisis. Americans are spoiled.
What if the sky falls with this economic crisis
What if there is a meteor that falls from the sky. Sure, you can worry about the end of the world, job loss, and depressions, but if you are an active person, you can find a solution.
You lose your job in the Economic crisis
What if you lose your job? Be strong and say I can handle it. Sell your car, all that you own, move into a one-room flat, and use your own imagination to make money. This is how your grandparents survived the real Great Depression. Americans are spoiled. There is no economic crisis. When there is 30% unemployment, no food, on the shelve to eat, no real medical care, no gas to heat, your homes, old people carrying water from wells down the street, if America comes to this, like what I saw in Eastern Europe, then maybe you can complain a little about crisis, economic crisis.]]>
There is no economic crisis, only a redistribution of wealth. The government bailout is nothing more than a reinforcement of the status quo. That is the people who have power. Yes, when the government helps large companies they hurt me. I have been someone who has been conservative and has cash. If the bad companies fail, great, I can buy assets from people who took too much risk and then own a house and my own company as everything in the country would be at fire-sale prices.
When I moved to Poland, there was 21% unemployment. 6% in the USA is not a crisis. 21% is hard, but 6% is a media-driven crisis and a cry from the people who have control to ask for taxpayers like me to reinforce the status quo. I would love to see the hard-working and people who save their money be given a chance to buy these cheap assets and reorganize the companies in more efficient ways rather than the fat, and inefficient companies get rewarded.
Long terms its bad for all of us. That is the real economic crisis.
Shrinking middle class
Regarding the shrinking middle class and the end of America, maybe this redistribution of wealth called ‘financial crisis 2008″ will fix that. The super-rich will go down, and wealth will flow more back into the hands of people who create wealth rather than speculate on wealth.
I am a big believer in the free market for correcting the problems of economics, including the lack of a middle class. Because anything government does, private people can do more wisely and efficiently. Adam Smith was a religious man/moral philosopher and wrote his book to help others.
The stock market swings are the market pricing value and redistributing wealth. Let it work if it crashes, so what – buy value in the weakness.
How the government will make your rich
If you think someone from the government will knock on your door and make you rich, you are living in a fantasy. I live in Eastern Europe. I see the effects of social engineering and government enrichment programs.
Government policy will not fix your life
Anything government bureaucrats do, free people can do more efficiently. The problem is not that we have not enough regulation and government, its that we have too much. No one from the government will improve your life as much as you can fix your own problems.
Quotes about government from great Americans
Jefferson “The government that governs least governs best.”
Kennedy “Ask not what your country can do for you…”
Who is this post for? This post is for those looking for a summary of the Libertarian views.
How can you help? Please use the comment form to add ideas as a comment so I can revise this post on the reason to vote Libertarian and improve its quality about what the issue is to Libertarians.
Maximize individual liberties and society as a whole will benefit. Do you not like to have your own personal freedom over someone telling you how you should like your life?
The libertarian party is not as formalized as the Republicans or Democrats. However, in their platform, there are some basic ideas that can be summarized. They can also be a list of reasons to vote libertarian in the next election, election 2020.
Low taxes or ideally no taxes. The US did not have an income tax for the first one-hundred and fifty years of its existence. This is when the country got rich and great.
Taxes simply represent a penalty on productivity and hard work.
Anything the government bureaucracy can do, people can do more efficiently, why have a middle man? Why work half your day for the government?
There are a pro-life fraction in the Libertarian platform (Ron Paul). They are called libertarians for life, however, they are split on this issue, at this point more are in the life camp but its too much gray area to tell as libertarians are not a structured as the other parties. The idea is if you take a life, you are denying that life liberty.
They are the closest to the original founding father’s idea of the United States. Each person should fend for themselves with the idea of rugged individualism as a guiding principle.
Free speech including free Internet.
Free religion and reduced IRS monitoring of religious organizations.
No draft registration.
Gender free marriages.
Privatization of Social security and Medicare and Medicaid. These mandatory payments represent most of the budget and the deficit and the reason the US has any debt and not a surplus.
Mandatory payments in the future will drive the US to bankruptcy and out children will have to pay for the party bureaucrats of our generation are having (average US worker makes about 41k a year while the average government worker makes 71k a year).
Elimination of the social state.
Voluntary military with avoiding overseas conflicts and existing only for domestic defense. There is a big difference between the military and defense. Libertarians are not warmongers.
Hemp and other plant-related issues, Libertarians believe this is a personal choice.
The state should exist for the people, not the converse. Libertarians have a small representation in the US as we have a two-party system and there is little room for minority representation, like in the European parliamentary system.
The government that governs least governs best.
Libertarians focus on minimal government involvement in people’s lives. This is based on the ideas of laissez-faire markets (Adam Smith), civil liberties, free movement of labor and capital across borders, including immigration and non-interventionism in foreign policy that respects freedom of trade and travel for all nations.
Why I am not a libertarian
I personally like the idea of Libertarian-ism however, the life issue is a critical issue for me. Libertarians are too lose on this issue and lose votes. Nothing is more important than defending the rights of the innocent.
Further, Plato talked about this same issue. In a state there is a balance between liberty and equality. I the center is justice. Liberty is not the ultimate good. You can not and should not allow children to drink or have guns. There is a balance of liberty that has to be maintained.
We live in a post enlightenment bias on the individual and some of our laws get out of whack.
Libertarian – Republican connection
Ironically although Libertarians are similar to Republicans, yet with two major differences.
GOP is an eternal overseas war party and the military welfare state. Republicans to not appreciate the drain on votes that would have ordinarily gone to the Republican party.
GOP is pro-life.
The last issue is the deal-breaker. The military is a large inefficient redistribution and redirection of income and production for a questionable constitutional stance, read Article 8 of the US constitution. However, that is nothing compared to the protection of a baby’s life, which is the most important.
There are about 1/4 million Libertarian voters in the USA that are registered. They usually get about 1/2 million votes or about .5% of the voters.
Please use the comment form below to describe why you will or will not be voting Libertarian in the next election.