On another note...@niner
Out of curiosity...why would you go with Romney over someone third party (besides your vote being potentially wasted). IMO Obama is obviously a "Dee De De" but Romney just seems to crooked to me. I just personally don't think we are going to get any primary candidates that are worth anything besides 3rd party ppl that don't have the funds to compete.
I think you said it right there.
I have weighed the risk vs reward (which I do with everything). And I believe I side more with Ron Paul or Gary Johnson, I don't see enough support to get either of them elected. I look at someone like Gary Johnson like a home run, and Romney like a single.
If I swing for the home run and miss, OMG look what we are left with... The risk is FAR to high. So I will go for the single, and when/if Romney doesn't either keep the promises he made or pulls some of the GARBAGE Obama has pulled, then I think 2016 is a whole other story. I think by then we CAN get the support for someone like Johnson/Paul to make a difference.
Now, I have some close friends who have tried the, "getting 5% of the vote will encourage them for the next one", I think that's ridiculous personally...
No one ever looks at the bottom of the results and says "lets do what they did", they look to the top of the ticket. And THAT is where our system has failed us. Allowing Obama to remain as president encourages more of the same BS we have gone through. It tells future politicians that, no matter how much you lie, cheat and disgrace, just tell us everything is fine and we'll let you stay. We cannot allow that. We have to prove that if you lie, you're gone!
This, IMO is that step one. And if/when Romney lies, cheats, etc.... in office, guess what? We MUST vote him out! If we can do that as a nation, imagine how fast candidates will be fighting to address actual problems.
I don't think I could have voted for Ron Paul (because of his isolationist views) but I look forward to hearing and seeing more of Gary Johnson.
I may not like everything about Romney, but I don't believe he's crooked. He's done some GREAT things in his life, from his charitable donations, working without pay for YEARS as Gov, head of the Olympics, etc... Those things should be recognized.
I am willing to make a compromise in life, and this is one I am willing to make, this time. 2016 I imagine will be different, unless he shocks me. But honestly, I would be shocked if he's able to keep the promises he's already made.
Now, with that said, if he's able to accomplish half of the goals he has set forth (U3 near 3%-which will NEVER happen, reform healthcare, lower taxes, see 12 million jobs, reform social security, prevent nuclear Iran-without war, etc...) then he will have achieved things our nation has needed for a LONG time! And these are things we have been promised for a long time.
Achieving half of them would be a success, but they won't be enough because of the goals he has set. I will applaud him for achieving half of them and then I will vote him out for not keeping his promise.
If I demand these standards of Pres Obama, I must demand them of the next president as well.