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Getting Down To The Wire

October 27, 2012

Legitimate question, obvious answer

Well, we’re almost there. The presidential election is just a few days away, and then we get to find out which direction the country is headed over the next four years. I’m not going to talk too much about what I think of the Obama presidency at the moment, because I’ve discussed it on the site more than enough. What I am going to say is that in the case of Obama, you know what you’re going to get. What I believe about Obama is that, contrary to Mitt Romney, he’s basically a good man. He’s had to play the political game, because, let’s face it, if you want to be elected to one of the higher offices in this country, there’s things that you have to say to appeal to certain voting blocs, and there’s things that you can’t say, for fear of alienating others. But I believe that, even though he can come off as arrogant sometimes, for the most part, Obama has been good for America. Mitt Romney asks the question “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” and I can answer, without hesitation, yes I am. I’ve been working very hard to improve my lot in life over the past four years, and if that was Romney’s best argument to keep me from voting for Obama again, he fails miserably in that regard. By contrast to what I said about Obama, I don’t believe that Romney is basically a good man and a good person in any way, shape, or form. Quite the opposite, in fact. I sincerely believe that Romney cares about the rich, and no one else. I don’t think that he cares about anyone but rich, white males. I don’t think that he gives a damn about women, other ethnic groups, or homosexuals, he isn’t going to do anything to champion their rights, and I think that the interests of all those groups would suffer  greatly if he was elected president. And he’s a stone-cold hypocrite. All the things he accuses Obama of doing, he himself has been guilty of. Obama’s healthcare policies are based on those designed by Romney. Obama wants a hard and fast troop withdrawal  date from Afghanistan of 2014; Romney is in favor of it too. Then he’s trying to say he would impose harsher economic sanctions on Iran. Just how much harsher sanctions can be imposed than those that are already in place? Let’s face it, every time Romney opens his mouth on anything regarding foreign policy, the most absurd claptrap comes out. He has no experience in this area, absolutely none. That alone should disqualify him from being president. But when you get right down to it, the scariest thing about a Romney presidency is that he’s flip-flopped on every critical issue so many times that we, the voting public, really don’t have the faintest idea of what his real beliefs are. I don’t even think that Romney himself can remember at this point! He and Obama have a good deal of contempt for each other, that much is obvious. But beyond that, and reading Romney’s body language during the debates, I just don’t have any idea what this man would do if he was in the Oval Office. He wants to win so badly that he will do and say anything. There’s no denying that. But then if he wins, what’s going to happen over the next four years, when crises come about? I know what I’m getting with Obama. I don’t know what I’m getting with Romney, but what I suspect I’d be getting, I detest. So it’s obvious who I’m voting for. I’ve said before, I’m not thrilled with everything Obama has done these past four years, or hasn’t done. But I think, more than anything else, what he needs is more time. Four more years of Obama, I believe, will do this country a world of good, and it will do this world a world of good, too. It’s so much better than the alternative it’s not even comparable. So there you have it. It’s not like I’m going to convince anybody to go either way at this point, anyway. You really have to be a first-class numbskull to be an undecided voter at this juncture. I would say to vote with your conscience, but if you’re a Republican, you don’t have one, and you’re promoting a version of this country that I want nothing to do with. All of the talk will be over soon, and the votes will be tallied. Then I’ll know if it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief, or instead take a much deeper steadying breath, and prepare myself for what will undoubtedly be a very, very dark four years ahead.

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