Monday, October 25, 2010

What's it gonna take?...

A country is a big thing to turn around, and undoubtedly, turning ours around will be a daunting task. But it might not be as daunting as some would have us believe.

Consider that when Barack Obama was elected President in 2008, the population of the United States was around 305 million. That puts the number of eligible voters at about 240 million, more or less. That means the 69,456,897 people that voted for Obama represent about 29% of possible voters, or about 22% of the total population.

Not to say that that's not a lot of people, but at least it's not all of them.

When you run for office as a Libertarian, you find out that a lot of people don't want to turn the country around. A lot of people want to keep it going in its current direction. And if you're running for office as a Libertarian, you realize that people who are satisfied with the direction our country has taken probably aren't going to vote for you. Ever.

And used to, when you ran for office as a Libertarian, you were probably going to get 1% or 2% of the vote. But we've seen those percentages increase over the years, and hopefully we will see them increase more this year. But probably not to 100%. And probably not to 50%.

But as more and more people decide they can't afford any more of the current direction, and start voting for a change in direction, it's not out of the realm of possibility that someday 25% or 30% of the population could decide that the Libertarians are right.

And sometimes that's all it takes.

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