Love him or hate him, but in November, it will be either him or Romney.
Gary Johnson will not be the President of the United States.
Ron Paul will not be the President of the United States.
Jill Stein will not be the President of the United States.
Stewart Alexander will not be the President of the United States.
Either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will be the President of the United States in 2012, just so we are clear. So love him or hate him, you need to choose. A vote for any third party candidate is a vote lost for one of the viable candidates. You can justify the “I won’t vote for the lesser of two evils” argument to yourself, but like or not, one of the “two evils” will be your President.
I put my lot with Obama. Why?
Because Barack Obama, though he has an absolutely horrendous foreign policy record and has engaged in highly unethical military actions for “national security”, is the lesser of two evils. Romney would dedicate $30 billion more to the Pentagon than requested, and Ryan pushes for tens of billions of dollars through 2022, totaling more than $700 billion. What will he do with this? For Obama, war with Iran remains off the table and diplomacy is favored; for Romney, it is not. The Romney Administration’s intent to provide such excess in military spending does not spell liberation for the innocents suffering from drone attacks on the Middle East, does not spell diplomacy in the face of rising tensions with Iran, does not make the sun rise on our troop presence in Afghanistan, and does not make America any freer than it is today. It is an imperialistic budget, not a democratic one.
On social issues, no one needs reminding that President Obama’s record speaks volumes. Fighting for the repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, refusing to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, protecting binational couples from unethical deportations, standing for marriage equality, being a voice for women’s rights, creating a platform for racial minorities to feel safer and more secure, and beginning the evolution of the American healthcare industry have all been positive moves, though imperfect ones, to bring America into a better tomorrow. In contrast with policies of equality and social justice, right wing politics depends upon inequality as natural, inevitable, or even desirable. Only through a complete defeat of conservativism, an utter annihilation of regressive policy conclusions and anti-humanism, can America move forward. Though Obama is an imperfect choice, Romney is blatantly wrong. A Romney presidency would regress the United States into the political dark ages, and greatly challenge the intellectual revolution we so desperately need to pull us out of our slumber.
I am not an Obama fan. He has innumerable policies I cannot accept. But as I said, it will come down to either him or Romney, and your vote needs to go to President Obama. The future of the nation truly does depend on it.
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