The case against casting a ballot for the president — even if you think he’s better than Mitt Romney.
Why I Refuse to Vote for Barack Obama
I’m still undecided who I’m voting for this time around. I do know I’m NOT voting for Romney but there are still some valid concerns about Obama I’m dealing with.
But if you’re a Democrat who has affirmed that you’d never vote for an opponent of gay equality, or a torturer, or someone caught using racial slurs, how can you vote for the guy who orders drone strikes that kill hundreds of innocents and terrorizes thousands more — and who constantly hides the ugliest realities of his policy (while bragging about the terrorists it kills) so that Americans won’t even have all the information sufficient to debate the matter for themselves?
How can you vilify Romney as a heartless plutocrat unfit for the presidency, and then enthusiastically recommend a guy who held Bradley Manning in solitary and killed a 16-year-old American kid? If you’re a utilitarian who plans to vote for Obama, better to mournfully acknowledge that you regard him as the lesser of two evils, with all that phrase denotes.
I liked this article. May not be my exact reasons for disliking Obama, but valid points nonetheless.
And also, it’s funny how most of you assume that since I dislike Obama I must glorify Romney. Many of you, on many occasions, have noted that me and you have “opposing” views; stand on “opposite sides”. Not true.
I don’t even want to vote for Romney.
Like mostly everyone else, I disagree with conservative’s views on marriage equality and women’s rights. Unfortunately, they are not high-priority topics for me at this stage in my life. I do wish that gay people were allowed to marry. I really, really do. And I really don’t understand how people can be actively against it. (I know what you’re going to say—by not voting for Obama I am against it. That’s not true.)
Maybe that’s selfish, but isn’t that the point of voting? Choosing who you want? For your needs? Who you feel will be best for the country?
As much as I stand up for marriage equality, I think we have much larger problems in this country right now. And yes, not treating everyone as an equal is a big problem in and of itself. But when nuclear arms, our economy, unemployment and the national debt are also players, I tend to lean towards the conservative side.
The lesser of two evils is very much where I stand in this year’s election.