Read this article at LP.org this morning and it intrigued me. I've always voted my conscience (Libertarian) as I have never bought into the philosophy that R's are better than D's (both parties are nauseating in my opinion). But what I find most interesting about the authors comments below is his opinion on Jimmy Carter. Now, since I was just a kid during the Carter years, and really have done no research on that era in history, could their be some merit to the authors comments about Mr. Carter?
Full article here
What is somewhat surprising is that Dr. Eland ranks Jimmy Carter as “The Best Modern President” at #8 (restrained foreign policy/evenhanded Middle East policy/deregulated industries/appointed Paul Volcker to the Fed, who then slayed inflation). Eland even ranked Bill Clinton as the 11th best president on his PP&L scale, so he thinks that over the last forty years, Democratic presidents have actually been more libertarian than Republican presidents.
According to Dr. Eland, to find a Republican president who ranks higher in his PP&L rankings than Jimmy Carter, one must go all the way back to Warren Harding. And, to write that pains me; the Marion Harding Presidents (what else would their nickname be?) were rivals with my Findlay Trojans in the Buckeye Conference when I was in high school.
What I took away from Dr. Eland’s enlightening book was that the frequently heard advice to libertarians and supporters of small government to not “waste their vote,” and to hold their nose and vote Republican, makes about as much sense as the headline at the beginning of this column. The people who have done that over the last several decades need to look around and observe what that admonition has wrought.
Edited by Gooch, 05 March 2012 - 06:21 AM.