04-06-2016, 10:18 AM
I ran for statewide office as a libertarian in 2000 and felt extremely conflicted. our candidate for lt. gov. got over 8% of the vote, and essentially had the easiest lp message to deliver about her position: eliminate the office. we ran a full slate of candidates and we qualified as a "major' party due to how well we did here. then the state changed the rules to a "top 2" system and the state party (and voters) suffered.
I leaped on the RP bandwagon in 2007 and have loathed having any association with republicans. our goal in 2000 was to destroy the ring of power and minimize the influence of gov't on peoples lives, both financially and socially. that's still my goal. I see that as a goal for Massie and Amash, and I would vote for them if I could. but I'm going to vote for just about any lp candidate I can because of principles (wrote in RP in 2008 because Barr is not a libertarian).
I honestly haven't decided whether Bernie or Cruz would be better for liberty (or which would be worse), but I do know they both suck. my lp vote won't decide this election, but I think it will send more of a liberty message than any vote for a republicrat ever would.
still not sure what point Collins is trying to make, but "wasted vote" seems to be where he's going. my viewpoint is vastly different.