Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) wrote a commentary for CNN on the upcoming election — from his Libertarian point of view:
Barack Obama is way smarter than Bush — so way, way smarter than me. Obama is way more charismatic than me. He did his big speech for about 80,000 people; I’ll do my show tonight in Vegas for about 1,000 people. He’s more ambitious than I; he’s going to be the next president of the United States, and I couldn’t even get to week three of “Dancing with the Stars.”
But I don’t think our next president being a great leader is a good thing.
We need someone stupid enough to understand that the president of the United States can’t solve many problems without taking away freedom and therefore shouldn’t try. The only reason John McCain scares me a little less is because I think he’s a little less likely to win. They both promise a government that will watch over us, and I don’t like that.
The choice shouldn’t be which lesser of two evils should have the enormous power of our modern presidents. The question should be, who would do less as president? Who would leave us alone?
If we could find a lazier, less charismatic, stupider person than me to be president, I’d be all for it. But, it’s not going to be easy; stupider than me is rare breed.
So remember, the only way to waste your vote is to vote!
While it may be nice if the government imposed on our lives less, many of our problems can be fixed only through government intervention.
If John McCain and Sarah Palin win the election, you can bet they’ll be trying to take over decisions you ought to be making on your own. Barack Obama wouldn’t want that.
Not voting at all? That would be idiotic. There’s too much at stake to sit back and let the Republicans take over once again.