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With the 2012 Presidential elections just around the corner, it has been fascinating to sit back and watch the liberal and conservative voices, both in the media and in person, talk.  I have been content not to join the choir, because honestly, this was all too interesting.  The conservative line is boring.  There is the endless schtick about Obama and the liberals.  You just learn to ignore that after a while.  Their war on women’s rights is far more pressing.

However, the real voice to pay attention to is the liberal perspective.  Truly, the left has been the far more engaging of political debates.  Now, just to get something clear, I am a far-left political idealist, more in line with socialism than liberal or progressive ways of thinking.  I, however, am not a supporter of President Obama.  Nor am I a supporter of Mitt Romney.  I believe voting is useless, because the system is rigged either way.

It seems that a lot of liberals think otherwise.  There are three fundamental arguments that I am hearing from the left about President Obama.  The first is that he is a good President who tried, but that he was continually obstructed by Republicans, and that is why he failed on so many of his campaign promises, or, well, doing anything substantially productive.  They seem to forget that the President not only continued Bush’s foreign policy, but expanded it.  He has more or less franchised GITMO, even though he promised that he would close it.  He has expanded the powers of the Patriot Act, even going so far as to bring the policy into effect allowing this government to outright call for the murder of a person without trial or charge or anything.  Just saying that they are a suspected terrorist, so we should kill them.

The second argument is that they will vote for Obama because the alternative is even worse.  Basically, taking the evil that they know over the one that they don’t.  They seem to forget that Mitt Romney is not going to win this election.  Moderates make up the bulk of this country’s voting population.  Either moderate-left or moderate-right, the fact is that 80% of this country’s vote is much more toward the middle, leaning one way on some issues, another way on others.  And the fact is that nobody likes Romney.  The moderate-right Republicans are just as sick of the insanity in their party as the liberals are, and they want a serious candidate (which they know he isn’t), and the moderate-left has seen the Republican Party’s war on women, and they aren’t going to jump on board.  The fact is that Romney was dead on arrival.  All of the Republican candidates are.  NONE of the Republican majority liked any of them.  They were asking the same question that I have been asking for months – where is the sane candidate?

The third argument is one that I find the most interesting – Obama didn’t do so well, but if we give him another chance, he’ll be able to finally deliver.  Where did this argument come from?  When is the bulk of this country going to realize that NONE of the political parties care about them?  Democrat or Republican, there isn’t a single group of politicians in this country on the American people’s side.  The only side they are on is the side that keeps them in power.  Right now, it’s Wall Street.  The reality is that there is no political group who cares what happens to the people of this country.  The American people serve only as the catalyst to get them into office.  Beyond that, they might as well not exist.

America’s problem goes far deeper than what most liberals seems to want to understand.  It’s not the corporations, or the Republicans.  It is the people.  The American people, and their acceptance of mediocrity, being lied to, and being pawns.  The self-indulgent and greedy culture that we surround ourselves with.  All of these things are why this country is falling apart.  Meanwhile, the 2012 elections are going to serve no purpose other than to show that this country won’t try something different, or won’t step out of the box.  Why vote third party when you can be slaves to the two big ones and follow them blindly?  Why demand something better when it is just easier to accept?

Why challenge, when it is easier to just be a slave and obey?

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Comments on: "Liberals and Obama in the 2012 Election" (1)

  1. Reblogged this on Lucien Maverick's Blog and commented:

    It is a fascinating time of year.

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