”I’m not going to vote. What’s the difference between Romney and Obama, anyway?”
Ignoring, for a moment, how unintelligent people sound when they say stupid shit like that, let’s pause for a second and think of some differences between the candidates.
Why vote? Well, I don’t know about YOU, but I’m going to vote for the candidate who isn’t trying to shove a vaginal probe up my private parts, has not vowed to kill Planned Parenthood, is less likely to start a war in Iran, doesn’t want to kill healthcare for the needy, does not hate on the gays, does not oppose equal rights, won’t protect the wealthiest 1% from paying their fair share of taxes, doesn’t support Citizens United, won’t ignore infrastructure problems, won’t sell off our national parks and forests to the highest bidder, who won’t protect polluters, who won’t deny federal aid for communities affected by natural disasters, who won’t deny students a chance at a college education because they are not independently wealthy, who won’t give free reign to religious bigots trying to erode Separation of Church and State, who doesn’t believe that corporations are people, who doesn’t believe that money is the same as free speech, who is not actively trying to disenfranchise voters, who supports the DREAM act, who won’t screw the poorest and most helpless in our society, and who won’t gut social services and education. I’m going to vote for the guy who has released his tax returns. I’m going to go for the guy who does not take quotes from his opponent and edit them out of context to tell lies in his adverts.
I will vote for the guy (Obama, to be clear) who is responsible for:
- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
- The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, or the ACA)
- The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
- Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010
- The Budget Control Act of 2011
- Ending the war in Iraq
- A new START arms control treaty with Russia
- Capturing / killing Osama Bin Laden
What about Romney?
- A member of the same political party that endorses all that crap I already said I was not in favor of
- Worked at Bain, but tells conflicting stories about when he actually left a position of responsibility. It looks like he was there for three years after he claimed he was.
- Worked for the Salt Lake City Olympics, but all correspondence related to his tenure there has been destroyed.
- Was Governor of Massachussetts, but all correspondence related to his tenure there has been destroyed and all the computer hard drives wiped.
- Panders to ignorant Birthers and the hyper-religious
- Has not, as far as I can tell, ever taken even one stand on an issue that he has not flip-flopped on later for political expediency
- Lies his ass off constantly (oh, wait, that’s not an accomplishment; my bad)
Also, I am going to vote for the guy that the Koch brothers are not actively trying to purchase the White House for.
So, no…I’m not going to use laziness or disinterest in doing my civic duty keep me from getting informed about how the two front runners are NOT the same and then using my self-imposed ignorance of the candidates and issues as an excuse not to vote. Neither should you.
Another take on this, from “Diamond Rain” on Facebook:
“To all the people who insist all the candidates are the same, there is no difference between them — which is clearly not true… the proof is in seeing how they vote, in the case of a legislator or a judge, and the huge differences between the policies they enact in the case of a president — but if you think there is no difference, then what do you suggest we do to preserve and better the Republic? Not vote?
Someone is going to be the next president. Saying there is no difference between [Romney] and Obama is not only wrong, but it is worse than a useless contribution because it suggests that the democracy is ineffective and there is no point participating. As far as I am concerned, those who take the position that there is no difference between the parties and/or the candidates are:
2. Doing the country a disservice and
3. Are either:
a: On the losing side and trying to convince others to stay home and not vote because they are desperate to find a way to win or;
b. Too lazy to educate themselves in the vast differences between parties and candidates and would rather get a few cheap applause from others who are also too lazy and want to use that as an excuse to do nothing and take no position.
Ignorance is easy. Learning is not.”
So don’t be an asshole. Educate yourself. Pick a candidate. Do your civic duty. Vote.