LISTEN: I HOPE YOU VOTE TODAY. I’m very progressive, and incredibly disappointed in Barack Obama’s first term as President of the United States. I’ve come to realize someone who fights for the working class and working poor will never become President. I think it’s easy to become apathetic and choose not to vote, but even if someone you believe in would never become President, Mitt Romney may become President today.
Mitt Romney will try to make it illegal for a woman to make decisions about her own body, destroy labor unions, exploit cheap labor overseas, give tax breaks to the filthy rich, and take money from the poor by slashing projects like the Children’s Health Insurance Program. You’re anti-war? Romney would greatly increase the military budget. He wants to attack Iran right now. His arrogant patriotism and his black, brown, and yellow xenophobia makes Obama’s militarism pale in comparison. Mitt Romney will do far more damage to the lower and middle class than Barack Obama. So if I have to choose between these two candidates it’s no contest. You say, “But Sean! There are 3rd party candidates with your values! Vote for them!” Well…
“Like it or not, either Romney or Obama—as opposed to any third-party candidate—will win [today]. Votes for progressive third-party candidates (like the thoroughly impressive Jill Stein) actually help to elect the more regressive candidate. In 2000, George W. Bush, after “winning” the swing state of Florida by a mere 537 votes, sent Ralph Nader a thank-you card signed with Al Gore’s tears.
Politics is not for ideological purists. It must be based on utilitarianism. As Malcolm X made clear: “When you have a … gospel, I don’t care whether it’s … a political gospel … (or) an economic gospel, if it’s not going to do something for you and me right here and right now, to hell with that gospel!”
I hope you take this into consideration, and I hope you vote for Barack Obama today. Also, PAY ATTENTION TO LOCAL RACES AND THE SENATE/HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. The President is not solely responsible for what happens in this country, and if we give him a more liberal congress he could potentially do more. Your vote may me be more important in these siutations! Republicans have publicly said their biggest concern is making Barack Obama a one term President. They have refused to supports bills and ideas they CREATED!
Sure, I’m begrungingly voting for Obama today. But I am so happy and excited to live in Boston right now because I get to vote for Elizabeth Warren. She’s great, and Republicans desperately don’t want her to get her foot in the door. She’s involved in one of the most important Senate races in the country. It’s rare we have the opportunity to get truly socially liberal people into government, and when we do we need to jump at that opportunity.