Today's Shallow Thought:
I've been hearing a steady crescendo of angry voices saying, "I'll never vote for Obama again" over the past few months in Nicole Sandler's radio show chat room, in personal conversations, in TPC comments, tweets, emails, you name it. Today alone, I've heard three stories about people who refuse to vote for him in 2012. They would rather not vote, or vote for a third party candidate, than sacrifice their principles and vote for someone who has disappointed them.
I understand that all too well, and feel for them. I even agree with many of their gripes. I get it.
I do not agree with their decision.
A vote against the president, or no vote at all, is a vote FOR a Republican. Imagine what would happen to this country should a Willard Mitt Romney or a Bachmann or a Pawlenty make it into the White House.
No seriously, imagine.
Now imagine what would happen to the Supreme Court. You think it's too conservative now? Just wait. Picture Citizens United on steroids, for starters.
Yes, I fully empathize with the despair, the frustration, because I, too, fully support Medicare for All, civil rights and employment for every American, dumping BushCo's insane tax bonuses for the wealthy, ending wars, etc. In other words, I am directly affected, too, and it's painful. But, if we end up with President GOTP, if you fail to vote for a Democratic president, kiss even your dreams of improving any and all of these issues good-bye.
Our job is to push back hard, challenge President Obama, pressure our representatives to pressure him. We have to take some responsibility and a lot of action.
So vote in November. Vote for someone who has a shot at winning, because if you don't, not only will the Democrat lose, so will America.
That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.