(I'm sure you have been just waiting for this. :-) I've just posted this as a response to a thread on Timebomb 2000, but after re-reading it, I like it enough that I want it here as well.)
I am amazed that so many people believe the act of voting for someone who is not "the lesser of two evils" is the same as throwing their vote away. I have always believed that the only way to throw away--waste--one's vote was to fail to use it.
If you step back and take a deep breath, then research the Romney and Obama voting records that are easily available on the ol' Intertubz, you will see that the differences are indeed small. It really doesn't matter what either says on the campaign trail, what matters is how they going to act after the election. And the only true data we have is their past records.
Call Obama a Socialist if you like. I call Romney a Crony Capitalist. Neither one believes in individual freedom to any great extent, nor do I think they believe in personal responsibility. What they do believe in is the use of government force to protect "their side" in the argument.
I have believed for most of my life that government was a necessary evil. I have recently come to the reluctant conclusion that I was wrong. Government is evil, period. Every government in history has wound up being destructive of individual freedom and the individual's best interests. Unfortunately, an L. Neil Smith libertarian paradise isn't in the cards any time soon, and maybe not ever. So with that in mind, I am going to vote for the candidate who shows a track record of trying to minimize the size, expense and reach of government.
Gary Johnson for President, folks.