Vote Or Die! What if we HAD to pick a mainstream candidate?Submitted by domenicsidoti on Fri, 11/02/2012 - 12:38
As the horse race draws nearer I thought it might be a good time to hold our second roundtable discussion on the topic that no one can get enough of, the Presidential Election. The inevitable question, “So who are you voting for?” seems to keep popping up as Election Day approaches. My “political” blips on facebook, or the content of 80% of my bar conversations has a lot of people under the impression that I am “sooooo into politics.” Nothing could be further from the truth. I LOATHE politics! The only thing that trumps my dislike for such nonsense is its passionate following by people I otherwise consider intelligent. I find it astonishing that 2 large special interests groups that have taken absolute control of our federal, state and local governments can garner such passion from rational individuals. So naturally I am a bit annoyed when people ask me if I am going to vote for Obama or Romney. For one it makes me think they might not be reading my blog. But more importantly, I am frustrated that voters still think there is real choice between 2 readymade figureheads from the controlling duarchy of the Republican and Democratic organizations. People tend to struggle understanding what I mean when I reply that I will not perpetuate the charade of choice by voting for party puppets. They, much like I used to, have bought into the idea that there are 2 visions, the Republican or Democratic ones. It’s like a law to most people, there’s up and down, hot and cold, and red and blue.
This is how we are introduced to politics. There’s a conservative and liberal side. Never mind what those words mean and pay no attentions to the facts, the Reds are conservative and the Blues are liberal. The absurdity of this is clear, but for some reason it has not changed anything. People still think there are only 2 organizations that represent the entire philosophical spectrum of governance. So to give the people what they want, I thought it might be a fun exercise to force the issue in a hypothetical conversation where we, like most, believe these are the real and only choices for America’s CEO. To be clear, we, at least I, will not actually be voting for either of these two jokers. Most likely I will either; write in Ron Paul’s name, Vote for Gary Johnson, or simply abstain from the Presidential election process. But as so many have informed me, that’s just not fun conversation. It pains me greatly to even pretend to play the game I’ve been passionately been calling shenanigans on for years, but what the hell. So given the new constraints, and before I make myself sound like a hypocrite, let’s hear who you gents would vote for?
Well thankfully this scenario is purely hypothetical, as it would go against every moral fiber of my being to actually vote for one of these two crony-capitalist-fascistic-socialist ne’er-do-wells. As we’ve discussed at length in the past, there is virtually no substantive difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney policy wise. Sure, they might have slight ways in which they tinker around the edges differently, but tinkering around with 1% of the budget isn’t going to do a load of anything with hundreds of trillions of unfunded future obligations and a Federal Reserve with the power to print money at will. So far, the biggest difference between Obama and Romney on the economy and budget seems to be that Romney wants to cut Big Bird, and Obama doesn’t. Some choice!