Hey Jen and others that are lumping Obama into the same boat as Romney, here are some things to think about.
Obama got us increased fuel milage standards
for autos in the US, first time in about 3 decades this has happened. Wouldn't have happened under McCain, this may get repealed under Rommoney.
Just today Obama extended whistleblower protections to national security and intelligence employees
. Supporting whistleblowers has historically been opposed by Republicans because whistle blowers shed light on corruption in powerful institutions.
Obama appointed a couple of moderate voices to the Supreme Court
, he may have a chance to do it again if reelected. what do you think you'd get with Romney?
Obama has worked to strengthen the Clean Water Act
and the Clean Air Act
. Not as much as I'd like to have seen, but there's progress rather than rollback. McCain certainly wouldn't have, Mitt's talking about getting rid of these regulations that keep the water you boat in and the air you breathe clean.
The Nation Magazine (the REAL "librul" press) put out this article
that tells it like it is for all their readers who are just as disappointed with Obama as you and I are. In summary:
A victory for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in November would validate the reactionary extremists who have captured the Republican Party. It would represent the triumph of social Darwinism, the religious right, corporate power and the big money donors who thrive in a new Gilded Age of inequality. It would strike a devastating blow to progressive values and movements, locking us in rear-guard actions on a range of issues—from the rights of women, minorities, immigrants and LGBT people to the preservation of social insurance programs and a progressive tax structure. Inside the Democratic Party, Obama’s defeat would embolden the Blue Dogs and New Dems, who have greased the party’s slide to the right. Whatever disappointments we have with Obama’s first term—and there are many—progressives have a profound interest in the popular rejection of the Romney/Ryan ticket.
Colorado's a swing state
Republican rule in Washington promises not just the closing of progressive possibilities but the repeal of gains won by the great social movements of the twentieth century. It would mean the entrenchment of the class interests of a tiny, disconnected elite that looks down on the rest of society with barely concealed contempt and has made explicit its aim to shred the social contract and rig the game in its favor, whether through an assault on voting rights, an expansion of the power of big money in politics or by stacking the courts with right-wing extremists.
. Our state is on the fence right now, and may decide the election. a vote in Colo is worth about twice the influence of any non-swing state. In 2000, Florida was the swing state that decided the election. If 600 people that "voted their conscience" for Nader had instead voted for Gore, GWB never would've been president. If GWB hadn't been president, there's a good chance Citizens United wouldn't have happened.
yeah, Obama's disappointed me on more than one occasion too, but he's got my vote.
If you want to help your conscience feel better, put your elected reps' phone numbers in your speed dial, and use that commute time or lunch break to call them often and let them know what you think. They listen and they tally the feedback from their constituents before they go vote on an issue. Push them to work on the agenda YOU favor.
Voting for a third party will only take an important vote away from the party that accepts the realities that Climate Change, Evolution, and the scientific understanding of how a woman's reproductive system works are real.
A vote for anybody else is a vote for Romney.