Forget Obama, Romney and vote for Libertarian

I think it’s safe to say there’s at least one political statement that everyone can agree with – New York is not a swing state. All of New York’s electoral college votes will go to President Obama. With that in mind, it occurs to me that every vote cast for someone other than the president can only really be considered a protest vote. So how can someone ensure that his “protest” will have at least some political impact?
A vote for Mitt Romney will just become part of a statistical database measuring how poorly Republicans tend to fare in this bluest of states. Consider, instead, casting a vote for Gary Johnson, the popular and successful two-term governor of New Mexico who is running on the Libertarian Party ticket. Libertarians, broadly speaking, are fiscally conservative and socially accepting, following a credo of “live and let live” that most Americans should find easy to identify with. The political implications of a surge in the number of libertarian-minded voters will not go unnoticed.
Let’s be clear. New York State will go to Obama, but that doesn’t mean that those who disagree with his big government philosophy must let their voices go unheard.
John Swanson
East Amherst