by Jon Rappoport

October 5, 2012

Dear Gary,

I’m writing because I believe you, as the Libertarian Party candidate for president, can perform a great service for the country.

As you know, there is a growing awareness across America that a vote for Obama or Romney is not going to get us where we want to go.

It’s only going to worsen the situation we’re in.

We’re close enough to the cliff already.

The Libertarian Party fully understands that the Democrats and Republicans—the one Party with two heads—have been violating the Constitution at an egregious level for decades.

The whole notion of limited central government, on which the American Republic was founded, is now buried under mountains of illegal laws, regulations, and practices.  To spell out a complete bill of particulars would take years.

Now is the time for us to take public action, and I believe that action can best be capsulized as: Choke the Vote.

Don’t vote in this presidential election.  Don’t vote for anyone.

Let those of us who are aware stand up and say, “We’re not voting for Obama or Romney.  We don’t want either one.  And if you are voting for either candidate, it’s you who’ll shoulder the responsibility for what the eventual president does to make things worse.”

Let’s place the burden where it really is.

Gary, you could, in one stroke, make more of a difference in this election than through all the campaigning you and the Libertarian Party are doing.  You could tell your supporters, your Party, and all America: DON’T VOTE.  DON’T VOTE FOR ME.  DON’T VOTE FOR ANYONE.

You could further urge other third-party candidates to tell their followers the same thing.

“In this election, don’t vote for me.  Don’t vote for anyone.  This time around, that’s what I’m campaigning for.”

Contrary to the notion that this amounts to political suicide, it could galvanize thousands, maybe millions of Americans, who are sitting at home grumbling about Obama and Romney, who are profoundly dissatisfied, as they try to figure out what to do about the dilemma they’re facing.

We’re not as small a group as some people imagine.  If a spark is created, we could ignite a dormant sense of outrage that has been boiling under the surface of the population for years.

We could make ourselves known.  We could state our case, connect, and show our true preference by staying home on election day.

Since we can’t go into the voting booth and select “none of the above,” we need to make our voices heard beyond the ballot.

How many people, in the wake of the first presidential debate, saw their worst fears realized?  How many people shook their heads and said, “I don’t trust either candidate”?

How many people would like to feel their no-vote could send a clear positive message?

How many people retain enough knowledge of the Constitution to know that each of these candidates is planning to keep violating that document if he is elected?

How many Americans who know nothing about the Constitution feel in their gut that Obama and Romney would keep leading us down the wrong path?

We should do all we can to legitimize that feeling, because it is real, it is true, and it is distinctly necessary.

The Democrats and Republicans have been asserting a monopolistic chokehold on the government for a very long time.  Through incessant promotion to vote, through PR about “the lesser of two evils,” and in other ways, Americans have been made guilty about withholding their consent from the two-party system.

When are we going to say Enough?

Gary, a vote for you as president, a vote for what you stand for as a Libertarian, is a good thing.  But consider that the best thing is you taking one step further on the road, in 2012, and leading a grassroots revolution.  Now, make a course correction and run on a platform of DON’T VOTE.  DON’T VOTE FOR ME.  DON’T VOTE FOR ANYONE.

Apply a shock to the system.  Express how profoundly you feel about what the two major parties have been doing to the American Republic.

This is the leadership we need now.  This is the voice we need.

Make a beginning.

It doesn’t matter whether, in the wake of your announcement, we would suddenly hear ten supporting voices or ten thousand.  What matters is that we start.

Let all the counter-rhetoric flow.  Let the critics who demand that we vote say what they will.  It will give us a chance to point out the flaws and lies in their pronouncements.

Does the government, as represented by Democrats and Republicans, own this country, or do we?  Are our authentic voices confined to choosing between two alternatives that don’t reflect our best thoughts and desires?

Is that our diminished and subservient role?

I hope you’ll give these issues some thought.

And to all free-thinkers, independent citizens, and artists everywhere, I hope you’ll take up the banner of CHOKE THE VOTE in your own imaginative and compelling way.  Somewhere up the line, we could see the moment when so many people stay home on election day, the nation will come alive with the No Confidence its citizens righteously express.

We can say, “We can’t do anything,” or we can do something.

Jon Rappoport

The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.


  1. Andy says:

    Wouldn’t it be more of a shock to the system for everyone to vote for him instead? Plus the more votes third parties get this election the more federal matching funding they can receive in 2016.

    I don’t think not voting will work or is a good idea. Rs and Ds will just laugh and continue on their merry way.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I’ve been thinking the same thing about voting in the presidential election. We need to focus on local elections next year to in some way begin recovering our freedoms and power. We can’t effect change at the top. Andrea

  3. John says:

    This letter should go to Ron Paul as well.

  4. gov-watcher says:

    I am voting for Gary Johnson. Not voting won’t help as there is no threshold wrt number of votes before an election is declared valid or invalid. So, if just person votes for a Dim or a Repug and no one else voted, it’d be over. Four more years of insanity. Much better imo to get peeps to vote for Gary Johnson and hope for the best.

    • theodorewesson says:

      I am of the position that Gary, Jill, and Rocky would instantly do more good for the minds and spirits of at least 150 million Americans if they held a joint press conference where each gave a speech about why they are personally not voting (except for voting for ‘direct referendums’, possibly) and strongly urge their supports to also not vote — “donations still welcome to get the word out, and the 3rd-party bosses be damned!” Talk about a “shot heard ’round the world’!” Can you feel it?! Just the sheer laughing at the lamestream media as they desperately try to “spin” what just happened… as two very prominent celebrities come out and do the same 24-hours later — and then two more come out 24-hours after that… THAT would be priceless! The amount of powerful energy felt in each individual would be infinitely more tremendous than walking into a voting booth on Nov 6th — no matter who you vote for. When “no confidence, and, I can fix this myself” are in individuals’ minds and souls — then great things will begin to happen. They always will. Now is the time.

  5. Howard says:

    Thank you Jon, Now my course is clear. Further, have sent your msg by e-mail to my address book & put the web site on my Face Book

  6. C E says:

    Not voting simply drops the number of votes the winner will get, be he D or R, but it will be one of them. By voting for Gary and the Libertarians at least we can vote our conscience and sleep at night. Remember, a big turnout for any thrid party will be noticed.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Not to act is to act. If you don’t vote then Obama will win..Can we really afford 4 MORE years of this!! This is what Obama want’s, “People to have No intrest in voting”..(They are working hard at surpressing the voters), and I guess from what I am reading here..Its working in his favor.. WAKE UP PEOPLE..this is our country and Freedom we need to protect!!!! No matter what we will still have a President..Do you think not voting is going to Help fix anything!

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