Election Day Decisions & Predictions

United Liberty was begun by individuals from a large variation of backgrounds, all having the same goal in mind- the maximizing of individual liberty. We are not a monolithic group, seeing everything through the same eyes, and therefore have different ideas about how to best achieve that goal. All of us began as supporters of the same candidate, but since his name will not be on the ballot in our respective states, we wanted to share who we will be voting for and who we predict will win.

Editor, B J Lawson-

I wish I had an answer, but I’m still undecided :-/

Don’t think I know until I get into the voting booth.
At least I know how I’m voting for Congress…

 

Contributor, Scott Morris-

I’m writing in for Dr. Paul.  The consistency, the passion, the reason: all why I have given more of my life and time toward this cause than any other in my short lifetime.  I vote for honesty and freedom, and my vote is non-transferrable.

I’m afraid our violet friend Obama is about to inherit the Presidency, because he’s Soros’s boy.

The war party supports Obama, because of all the reasons our friend Adam Kokesh listed among others, not to mention having the CFR chairman as his VP pick.

 

Contributor, Michael Powell-

I voted for Barack Obama.

At the beginning of the year, I never thought I would be voting for the Democratic presidential candidate, but events, from the economic turmoil to a lack of a follow-up candidate to the liberty movement started by Ron Paul, cascaded to a point where I saw Obama as the best option. Bob Barr turned out to be a seasoned politician with nothing new to offer and Chuck Baldwin was far too religious for my tastes. John McCain wasn’t really an option.

Obama offers many improvements in foreign policy, and his trip to Europe showed that he may be able to gel well with our allies. Obama has actually shown himself to be rather friendly to outside and differing ideas, and his approach to problems is far more conservative than John McCain.

I have worries about Joe Biden. I don’t want the United States military to be involved in another war, no matter how bad the situation in Darfur is. He seems as reckless as John McCain and I fear that he may give Obama bad advice.

The next four years will be interesting.

 

Contributor, Austin Wilkes-

Even though I spend most of my available time researching, studying, analyzing, discussing, and promoting politics and public policy, I still am undecided as of Monday night. It would be an easy decision to vote Republican had any candidate other than John McCain or Rudy Guiliani won the nomination. Actually for a period of 2-3 weeks this September, after the Palin announcement, John McCain would have had my vote because at the time he was inching towards some level of quasi-conservative values, but since then, his true colors began to show again, this time even more vividly.
My state of Alabama, just as the Christian Right, has attached itself to the Republican plantation, thus rendering any dissenting Presidential vote fairly useless. For this reason I am unconcerned about my lack of decision and will decide in the voting booth who’s name I will mark on the ballot. I will not be voting FOR any candidate.

Barack Obama will win, not only because Bush ran the nation into the dumpster, but also because Obama ran the best campaign since Reagan 84’- but, Ill save an explanation of that for a later article.

 

Contributor, John Killian-

Big money has organized a massive turnout in urban areas. Fraudulent voter registrations have bloated the voter rolls. The news media has already declared Obama the winner and that is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Obama will win and carry a strong Democratic Congress with him.

 

Contributor, Jason Pye-

I’m voting for Bob Barr in this election. I should mention before I go any further that I’ve worked on the Barr campaign since June. It really made no difference to me if I was working on the campaign or not, I would be backing Bob Barr in this election.

The man isn’t perfect. No one is. But the fact of the matter is that Bob Barr is the only candidate in this election that has a grasp on the Constitution, what it means and what the Founders intended. He is the most credible candidate the Libertarian Party has ever run. I am proud to cast my vote for him.

I believe Barack Obama has this election in the bag. The electoral vote will be 353 to 185, or something relatively close to that.

Obama wins for several reasons; the main one is because he isn’t a Republican. Let’s face it; the presidency of George W. Bush has destroyed both the Republican Party and conservatism. Of course, Bush isn’t a conservative.

Obama didn’t run a great campaign. He struggled until the end of September. When the “financial crisis” went down, all he needed to do was smile, keep talking up the empty platitudes of “hope” and “change” and wait for November 4th.

This is the first election where I did not cast a single vote for a Republican at the federal level. As usual, I voted Libertarian in races where we had one running, but I voted for a Democrat for Congress.

 

Contributor, Andrew Ward-

I’m not voting.  Ron Paul was the only candidate really qualified to be president.  B J Lawson may be in a couple of years.

It looks like Obama is going to win overwhelmingly.  I should go with that, but I bet on McCain months ago, so I have to stick with it.  Who knows? McCain could still shock the world and “steal it” in the Electoral College.

 

Contributor, Nicole Wittlief-

I plan to vote for Bob Barr today, as I feel that he most closely matches many of my positions on key issues (particularly individual liberty, reduction of the size and scope of “government,” non-interventionist foreign policy and economic/financial issues).  I absolutely do not believe in the “waste your vote” rhetoric that I hear from many of my friends and family who still insist upon voting for one of the two-party candidates despite being unhappy with the state and direction our government is taking our country and even recognizing that neither candidate will actually make significant changes to this.  You can’t complain about the two-party system on one hand and then refuse to “go outside” of it on the other and ever expect anything to change.

I do feel that Obama will likely win the election, mostly because I feel that his campaign has been run much better than McCain’s.  In particular, I think that McCain’s campaign has far too focused on attacking Obama rather than articulating its own positions and I think it’s backfired.

It’s also undeniable that Obama is a very charismatic and inspirational figure and whether or not you agree with it, people are persuaded by such leaders.  McCain simply doesn’t do nearly as good of a job at “presenting himself” and I think that hurts him as well.

 

Contributor, Paige Michael-Shetley-

I voted for Obama.

He will win because

a) people want a change in direction for the country (any change),

b) because McCain’s campaign has been irrelevant and unduly nasty, and voters are tired of character assassination,

c) because Obama’s campaign is the most well-organized campaign in history, and they are ruthlessly efficient at turning out voters

d) because voters like Obama

What brought Obama to the point of victory was the first debate- he was getting momentum in the polls, but McCain was still in a good position. McCain botched the whole process surrounding the first debate, and Obama cleaned his clock in the first and subsequent debates. McCain never recovered.

 

Contributor, Luke Brady-

I’ll be voting for Bob Barr because at this point in time he is the candidate of the party that I best think will be able to, in Ron Paul’s words, “Restore the Republic”.  The GOP can no longer count on my vote as they are only against big government when they are not in power.  Additionally, I’m confident Barr would work to reduce the size of government and secure our liberties,not trading them for perceived safety.

 

Contributor, Charles Kennedy-

My plan is to vote for Chuck Baldwin.  This decision is not without some reservations, but was fueled to a large degree by my disappointment in Bob Barr’s candidacy.  Up to the Press Conference with Ron Paul, I had been seriously considering voting for Barr, but Barr’s snubbing of the conference and the unmitigated public relations disaster pretty much led me to Baldwin.  I’ve also been disappointed in Barr’s falling short of what I think should be expected of him as a third party candidate and as the Libertarian nominee.

Regarding Baldwin, my main reservations have to do with the Constitution party itself-protectionism, support for trade sanctions against Cuba and China, a rather too-severe approach to the immigration problem.  But the most compelling reasons I have for supporting him have to do with his unequivocal stands for restoring sound money and abolishing the Federal Reserve, restoring government to its constitutional functions, and ending the foreign wars and intervention.  Ron Paul’s support for him makes it possible for me to do the same, even with some of the reservations I have.

 

Contributor, Matt Wittlief-

I will be voting for Bob Barr. It came down to a tough decision for me between him and Baldwin, but I am going with Barr. Two main reasons: first, Barr has true ballot access in Indiana and Baldwin is an official write-in; second, I think Barr has a higher likelihood of advancing liberty in Washington by having greater experience in the system. (The second is more important - and I’d vote Barr even if Baldwin was on the ballot, but I’d be thinking a lot more about it.)
I predict Obama will win. The Republican party entered the race with a serious disadvantage. McCain does not have the broad appeal across the party which would have been required to win. In fact, I think the results will be more competitive than I’d originaly expect.

 

Site Programmer, Carlos Rodriguez-

I’m not voting for the Presidency. Despite pressure from all directions, I don’t think my vote would matter, even if I felt strongly about the candidates. I have confidence that our country will continue to degrade in either a McCain or Obama administration. I won’t be writing in a candidate because I know it won’t make a difference. I think voting for high level office is an illusion to make people think they have a choice. No matter what person is in office, the federal government will be run behind the scenes, without the consent of the public.

 

Assistant Editor, Shana Kluck-

There’s no way I could vote for McCain or Obama, so I’m definitely voting third party.  I like and support both Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr, but will vote for Bob as he’s a friend.  However, I know my vote is simply a protest vote and won’t truly impact the final results.

I believe that Obama will win today, though hopefully not by as large a margin as some are predicting.  My hopes are that the Republican party will learn from this, reexamine their ways and return to their roots of small government and personal responsibility and freedom

 

Editor in Chief, Martin Avila-

I voted for Ron Paul. I was eager to dutifully participate in down ballot races and literally could not stomach a vote for any of the available candidates on my ballot.

Throughout this election, my growing frustration with 3rd party politics forced me to reject those tickets. Third party politics MUST develop a higher level of professionalism and party unity before they are ready for a national stage.

 

Contributor, Brett Bittner-

I’m voting for Bob Barr.

McCain will win .

 


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