Liberty is a sliding scale, with the agora on one end and totalitarian tyranny on the other. Being a minority of people, we liberty-minded folk need to rally whatever resources we can muster to counter the march toward tyranny. We need friends and allies, and those friends and allies will be each other.
Ron Paul is one of those friends and allies. He’s not an anarchist, sure. But he’s certainly more amenable to our purposes than any other presidential candidate. Likewise, any libertarian candidate for any elected office is friendlier to our goals than any other. And you can bitch and moan about using state power against the state all you like. I’m not saying that we can or should “use the master’s tools to dismantle the master’s house.” I’m saying that if we’re going to manifest liberty, we should do what we can to keep government out of our way. Ron Paul and other libertarian politicians can help us do that.
If all we do is complain about NDAA, SOPA/PIPA, the Canadian Firearms Act, income taxes, and the European Parliament, tyranny will march on until we are in poverty and chains. And we’ll have to tell our children why we didn’t support those who’d shrink our government when they needed us. And all because we’d rather see government grow than use political means to shrink it. Because that’s what you’re doing when you refuse to vote. You’re silently submitting to those who will make the State more powerful, rather than those who want to bind Leviathan.
You Americans have a choice right now. Every government is working to imprison, rob, and silence its citizens (even yours). But Ron Paul has substantial momentum, and he is your best hope of getting a very powerful friend for liberty. A Ron Paul presidency will show how central banking, world policing, and the welfare-warfare-regulatory state are antithetical to the well-being of the people. Any other presidency will empower the Fed, bomb more innocent people abroad, and imprison innocent people at home. If you help Dr. Paul get elected, you’ve worked for liberty. If you don’t vote because you think one extra ballot validates the State, you’re submitting to tyranny.
"All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing."
EDIT: The above being said, I still think that voting itself is tantamount to selling your soul, the slave choosing his master, etc. But if the slave can choose a master with a policy of manumission, shouldn’t he do so? In my view, if a libertarian isn’t on the ballot, don’t vote. Don’t participate if you’re being forced to choose between fascists and socialists. But if you could vote yourself free, wouldn’t you? That may very well be what voting for libertarians could be. If it isn’t, we stay slaves. But then again, if it is, we become free. It sounds like a good gamble to me.