Wayne Root leaves Libertarian Party, backs Romney
Wayne Allyn Root, 2008 Libertarian Party’s Vice Presidential nominee and political commentator, resigned this morning from the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) to, according to his resignation letter, “elect good people and change the direction of this country outside of a third party.”
In the letter to the LNC, which is available at Independent Political Report, Root explains that his decision much is not unlike those of previous Libertarian Party presidential candidates, including Ron Paul and David Koch; both of whom left the LP to become prominent Republicans.
When I asked if he was now backing Mitt Romney, Root responded, “I am,” adding, “I don’t deny that Romney and Ryan aren’t libertarians, but Romney is a pro-business capitalist and Obama is a Marxist-socialist.”
People who assail “lesser-of-two-evils” voting confuse me. If you don’t vote for the lesser of two evils, and if, by that vote, the greater of two evils is helped to win, then haven’t you aided the greater of two evils? It would be one thing if third-party candidates had a prayer, but they do not. The only time that third-party candidates have a chance is when there is no candidate from one of the two main parties. In other words, a race where, for example, the candidates are a Democrat and Libertarian, with no Republican. Only in rare circumstances do third-party candidates win in contests higher than school board or state-level posts. Usually, they either do nothing but create statistical noise, or they act as spoilers.
At the presidential level, the illustrations could not be more stark. A recent example: Without Ralph Nader, Al Gore would have his name on a presidential library in Tennessee. But the biggest, most striking example comes in two very big, very powerful words:
Here you have a man whose giant granite face is carved into the side of a mountain in South Dakota. He was an exceptionally popular president. And yet, when he tried to run on a third-party ticket, he lost, and lost big. Yes, he beat out Taft due to his exceptional popularity, but he still lost. And by splitting up the Republican vote and party, he helped give the nation our first proto-fascist president. That’s what third parties do: they lose, and sometimes the cause the person whose ideology is furthest from theirs to win. That’s it. This isn’t a knock on the ideology of any particular third party, it’s just a fact.
Kudos to Root—and for that matter, Ron Paul and others—for figuring that out. If libertarians want a voice, the place to have it is within the GOP. Get in there and make the GOP more libertarian!