October 27, 2012 – You’d never know by listening to the general media as they have failed in their job to inform the public as to the choices in presidential candidates, as there are more than just two candidates running for president. Early voting begins today in Florida, allowing Floridians the freedom to avoid long lines at their normal precinct. Early voting locations in Florida can be found here (PDF). Voters can also look up their personal voter information here.
When you go to the polling place to vote, you will be asked to provide a current and valid picture identification with a signature. Approved forms of picture identification are: Florida driver’s license; Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; United States passport; debit or credit card; military identification; student identification; retirement center identification; neighborhood association identification; and public assistance identification. If the picture identification does not contain a signature, you will be asked to provide an additional identification with your signature.
Out of the 12 qualified presidential candidates for voters to select, only four have a mathematical chance to win the presidency so we will focus on them in this article as being the most viable and have put them in alphabetical order.
Johnson is a two-term Governor of New Mexico is socially tolerant and financially responsible when it comes to public policy. He is convinced America is headed toward a monetary collapse due to failed policies enacted by both Republicans and Democrats and the Federal Reserve. He is for legalizing medical marijuana, ending crony capitalism, wants same-sex marriage to be one’s right nationally, committed to submitting a balanced federal budget to Congress in 2013, peace in the Middle East by not meddling in other’s back yard and is interested in bringing U.S. troops home out of harms way.
Obama is our current president who has continued our wars overseas, continues Bush’s economic policies, has strengthened the Patriot Act, has put cancer patients in jail for simply using state licensed pharmacies to get their medical marijuana prescriptions filled, kills women and children with various drone strikes in the Middle East creating another generation of enemies, institutes Keynsian economic policies which are not working and have created a far less stable America than before the Bush years, and has continued the same same-sex marriage policies with no interest in making it a national right.
Romney is hard to pin down as sometimes he is for some things, other times he speaks out against them. He has proudly supported the assault weapons ban and seems to be under the impression guns are mostly for hunting rather than self-defense from others or the government itself. Like Obama, Romney is pro-war, supports the failed War on Drugs, he can’t seem to find a way to balance the federal budget but for at least another ten years. Like Obama, he favors crony capitalism over true capitalism, doesn’t like competition as he made sure Gary Johnson was not in the CPD debates and he supports NAFTA (and other like-minded treaties) which is anything but ‘free trade’.
Stein is anti-war, pro-medical marijuana and is interested in having the taxpayers pay the college tuition of young Americans. Stein promotes a government trickle down economy and giving the largest polluter in the nation (the U.S. Government) more control over the environment. She supports greater government control over small and large businesses, while giving workers more rights than the business owners.
It is clear conservatives and liberals who have a libertarian streak would select Gary Johnson as the only logical choice. Some Floridians who are Ron Paul supporters are still committed to writing in Paul’s name on their ballot, however we have confirmed, doing so will cause their ballot to go uncounted in the presidential race. For libertarians and the libertarian-minded, Gary Johnson is the only choice.
There are a long list of proposed amendments to the State of Florida Constitution which requires voters to review before going to the voting booth due the long length. We strongly recommend voters to review the amendments in their entirety (you can do so here) as they are important and affect every Floridian.