Thursday, November 8, 2012

2012 election featured big Libertarian victories on issues

The major party candidates for U.S. president this year, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, offered no attractive option for Libertarian-minded voters. The race was a better-of-two-evils choice, at best.
If you are liberal on social issues, but conservative on fiscal and government scope issues, a vote for either Obama or Romney represented a painful compromise of principles.
That is likely why Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson attracted nearly 1.2 million votes nationwide, the most ever for the party. Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, got 1% of the votes in the presidential race. He ran on a traditional Libertarian platform of dramatically smaller federal government. (See UPI article and Libertarian Party press release.)
On the state front, several measures supported by Libertarians won voter approval on Tuesday.
Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington state became the first in the country to approve same-sex marriage, ending a 32-state losing streak. The vote was closest in Washington, NBC News said. Legislatures in six other states – Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Iowa, Vermont, New York and Connecticut – and the District of Columbia have approved gay marriage laws, Yahoo News reported.
Voters in Washington state and Colorado voted “yes” on measures that would legalize the sale of pot to adults, without the need for a doctor’s prescription, USA Today and Huffington Post reported. And voters in Massachusetts overwhelmingly approved a measure to allow the use of medical marijuana.
Libertarians believe in minimal government involvement in people’s personal lives.

Photos: Graphic from Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, posted to his Twitter account on Thursday; and marijuana plants. 

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