In 2008 I voted for Obama. In 2012 I am voting for Obama to vote against Romney and the Republicans:
- Romney is a shameless liar. On top of that he will not make more than two years of his tax returns public. If he wins it will set the bar for president to a new low. As president he would be dangerous: I would not even buy a used car from him – why on earth would I trust the whole country to him?
- Romney has no character:
- He puts his money in banks overseas to avoid paying taxes, making the rest of us pay his fair share.
- He lived in a mansion in France during the Vietnam War, letting others fight and die for his country.
- He will say anything to get elected, meaning he stands for nothing and thinks the ends justify the means.
- Republicans do not care about America: During the debt ceiling crisis the Republicans knowingly did harm to the country’s credit rating in order to make Obama a one-term president. People like that should not even be in Congress.
- Voter suppression – the war on democracy: Republicans are trying to stop people from voting – voter ID laws, limiting early voting, putting up frightening billboards, etc. They cannot be trusted to make our laws or appoint judges to the Supreme Court. People have fought too long and too hard for the right to vote.
- I am not happy with Obama but Romney would be worse: In most of the ways that Obama is bad – drones, Guantanamo, doing little about the War on Drugs, the apparent crackdown on the Occupy movement, assassinating American citizens, support for Israel, etc – Romney would be the same or worse. Obama these past four years has been way more like Bush than I would have liked, but Romney, with all his former Bush advisers, would be worse.
- Even where I think I agree with Romney it is hard to tell: I am against Obama on things like abortion and same-sex marriage – but Romney’s back-and-forth positions on these things reads like an Onion article. Because deep down he stands for nothing but becoming president.
- I want to help Obama win the popular vote: I live in the blue north-east which Obama is expected to carry. But he could win the electoral college vote and lose the popular vote – something we would never hear the end of.
- Romney is only for rich white people. Certainly not for blacks and Latinos – or even most white people.
There are four choices:
- Vote for Obama,
- Vote for Romney,
- Vote third party or
- Not vote at all.
The voter suppression stuff makes it clear that voting matters, that not voting at all is in effect voting Republican.
Since my aim is to stop Romney and the Republicans, voting third party will not be as good as voting for Obama and other Democrats, the only ones who have a chance of stopping them.