I’ve been largely silent about the elections in Virginia, mostly because I’m burnt out on politics, but also because I find my libertarian self in the unenviable position of supporting the Republican candidate for governor.
It’s not just because I simply despise the slimy, smarmy, smug putrescence that is Terry McAuliffe, and it’s not because McAuliffe is a Democrat who is backed by the likes of the Clintons, supports destructive statist redistribution programs, has no real ties to Virginia, and is only using the Old Dominion as a rung on his political ladder. It’s not even because his entire platform consists of, “I used to run a business… LOOK! CUCCINELLI WANTS TO LEGISLATE YOUR VAGINA!”
It’s because as much as I want to support the LP’s candidate for governor, and as much as Rob Sarvis seems like a nice guy, he’s much less libertarian on things that really matter to me.
For the record, I’m more concerned about Sarvis wanting to “reform” rather than end the nanny-state health care system than I am about the fact that Cuccinelli’s personal views on marriage equality do not match mine.
I’m also more concerned about Sarvis’ support for a privacy-endangering miles driven tax than I am about whether or not Cuccinelli wants to regulate abortion clinics.
For the record, as a legal immigrant to this country, Sarvis’ intent to “protect” illegal aliens living in Virginia – people whose first act in the country they supposedly love is to violate basic laws for legal entry – bothers me a lot more than Cuccinelli’s nonexistent effort to ban birth control pills that the liberals have been touting, despite the fact that a thorough reading of the legislation they claim attempted to do, revealed it so did no such thing. At all.
To be sure, there are issues Ken Cuccinelli and I ardently disagree on, because I’m in no way a social conservative.
But you know what?
I’ll take a guy who wants the federal government out of marriage, has turned around on marijuana legalization, wants to reduce the influence of the federal government on the Commonwealth and kick the nanny state in the nuts over the guy who wants to ensure Virginia law protects those who violate laws, doesn’t mind some government control over health care as long as it’s “reformed,” and doesn’t seem to mind the state keeping track of your movements in order to tax you.
And while both the Libertarian Party and the Democrats are tripping over one another to paint Cuccinelli as someone who will stick a permanent speculum up the collective vaginal canal of Virginia’s women, even though, for instance, he opposed the idiotic attempt of theocratic nutjobs to force women into a transvaginal ultrasound before undergoing an abortion, Cuccinelli is actually more libertarian than the Libertarian.
And yet, here you have Libertarians opposing the guy who actually has an overall pretty libertarian record, because… ZOMG! CUCCINELLI WANTS TO REGULATE YOUR VAGINA!
Do me a favor, Virginia. Vote with your brain, not your genitals.