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Article In The Atlantic: "Why I Refuse To Vote For Barack Obama" (Drone Strikes, Civil Liberties)

The case against casting a ballot for the president -- even if you think he's better than Mitt Romney.

Tell certain liberals and progressives that you can't bring yourself to vote for a candidate who opposes gay rights, or who doesn't believe in Darwinian evolution, and they'll nod along. Say that you'd never vote for a politician caught using the 'n'-word, even if you agreed with him on more policy issues than his opponent, and the vast majority of left-leaning Americans would understand. But these same people cannot conceive of how anyone can discern Mitt Romney's flaws, which I've chronicled in the course of the campaign, and still not vote for Obama.

Don't they see that Obama's transgressions are worse than any I've mentioned?

I don't see how anyone who confronts Obama's record with clear eyes can enthusiastically support him. I do understand how they might concluded that he is the lesser of two evils, and back him reluctantly, but I'd have thought more people on the left would regard a sustained assault on civil liberties and the ongoing, needless killing of innocent kids as deal-breakers.

Nope.

There are folks on the left who feel that way, of course. Some of them were protesting with the Occupy movement at the DNC. But the vast majority don't just continue supporting Obama. They can't even comprehend how anyone would decide differently. In a recent post, I excoriated the GOP and its conservative base for operating in a fantasy land with insufficient respect for empiricism or honest argument.

I ended the post with a one-line dig at the Democratic Party. "To hell with them both," I fumed.

Said a commenter, echoing an argument I hear all the time:

I mean, how can someone who just finished writing an article on how the Republican Party is too deluded, in the literal sense, to make good decisions about anything not prefer the other party?

Let me explain how.

Full article: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/why-i-re...

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Do you think there is a chance in hell

Romney would repeal the NDAA? Uh, no. He even said he supported it.

Don't be fooled. Bush started it with the Patriot Act, Obama continued it with NDAA.

Obama or Romney will continue in that path. All these crap bills have full bipartisan support.

The writer of the article is an idiot. Or a closet Romney supporter. Or both. The argument is flawed.

So vote for Romney, or Obama but at least find a valid reason because this ain't it.

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Did you actually read the article? The author

clearly states he does not find either Obama or Romney a valid candidate. He says he probably will vote for Johnson.

It would be much more helpful

For the author to show in a bipartisan way, both parties are equally responsible for the never ending erosion of the rights of individuals here at home and abroad.

He says next to nothing about the Bush years, and while stating he won't support Romney fails to give the whole picture.

I'm sorry, but I feel it is a flawed article, that's my opinion and i'm sticking to it.

He's Writing To A Left-Wing Crowd

They don't need any convincing that the GOP is evil.

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"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

He might have removed the blinders from some sheeple

If he wrote it in a more balanced way and exposed the left/right paradigm.

Bear In Mind That These Writers Have Editors

They can't just write whatever they want. They have to get approval for the general idea from the editor, whose job in this case is to cater to the publication's left-leaning audience.

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"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

These idiots have

a 'War is not the answer' bumper sticker right next to the 'Obama 2012' sticker on their cars. lol

I'm shocked by how many will

I'm shocked by how many will vote for Obama. He's a mass murderer.

Obama supporters refuse to acknowledge this.

reedr3v's picture

In my experience, their fantasy of "free' stuff

coming from O. trumps any concern with justice, peace, liberty. The bare core of Progressives is totally materialism; that is the sum of their concerns, the main appeal expressed nauseatingly by the Obama camp.
If the weakness of modern Repubs is their failure to understand universal civil libertarian issues, including religious tolerance and its corollary of peace, the weaknesses of Democrats are their presumption of entitlement and total ignorance and even disdain of economics.

Propaganda

It's a hell of a tool.