After serious consideration of Gabbard as the one possibly tolerable candidate, I've decided to sit out the NH primary.

Reasons I can't vote for her:

Ignorance of economics and opposition to free markets. Thinks a minimum wage law gives people a "raise." Wants "Medicare for all."

Opposition to free speech. Brags of her support by End CItizens United.

Opposition to gun rights. Brags of her F rating from the NRA.


Bizarre religious views, which she has chosen to make part of her platform. She regards Muhammad and Jesus as "messengers of God," as if some people have special access to the alleged wishes of a deity.

Wants to make it a retroactive crime for banks to "gamble with money." Does that mean they shouldn't be allowed to make investment decisions?

Wants college tuition subsidized by the government.

In spite of her good points, I can't vote for someone like that.

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Someone offered the argument that voting takes a small amount of effort as a justification for insisting on it. I pointed out that deciding which item to shoplift from a store also takes little effort, but that's not a reason to do it. But I granted the comparison wasn't quite fair; shoplifters do far less damage than looter politicians.

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