Election 2012: Obama & Romney Both Suck

It doesn’t really matter who I vote for in the upcoming election, Obama will win in my state and he’ll get all the electoral seats.  That said though, I’m really disgusted with all the candidates running for President this time around and don’t want to give any of them my vote because I don’t want any of them in the White House.

Usually, and it’s been this way for almost 30 years of voting, I will vote for the lesser of the two evils.  I cannot say there has been a candidate that I could support in all the time I’ve been voting.  I vote for the one I think can do the least damage or I vote to keep someone particularly egregious out of office.  That’s what happened in the 2008 election when I voted for Obama, not because I like Obama, but because I disliked him less than the thought of having Sarah Palin anywhere near the Oval Office.  He became the default vote because I couldn’t stomach the idea of McCain and his brainless minion in power.

But this time around, I can’t stand the idea of either Obama or Romney getting into office.  I hate them both with an unbridled passion.  About a week ago, the local Republican party, of which I am a member, mostly by default, called me and asked which candidate I supported. I told them the truth.  I told them both candidates sucked and I could not support either of them.  The guy on the other end of the phone just hung up on me.

And don’t talk to me about a third party candidate.  No matter how much Obama and Romney suck, the platforms of the third parties suck worse and, from a practicality standpoint, none of them have a shot in hell of actually getting elected.  As I said, I don’t support anyone running from any party, period.  But hey, I took a look at some of the third parties and wow, are there a lot of them!  Let’s look at a couple of them for shits and giggles.

AMERICA’S PARTY / AMERICAN INDEPENDENT PARTY – Originally founded by Alan Keyes in 2008, they want to repeal income taxes, although they have no clue what to do to make money for the government.  They’re also fundamentalist right wing on most social issues, including marriage and abortion.  Pass.

AMERICAN THIRD POSITION PARTY – It’s the nutty white supremacist party, of course, they only care about representing white people.  Strongly anti-interventionalist, anti-immigration and, let’s be honest, anti-anyone-but-whites, they’re laughable in the extreme.  Pass.

CONSTITUTION PARTY – Founded in 1992, it’s essentially a wingnut Christian party that looked at the modern-day Republicans and said “wow, they’re not extreme enough!”  Similar in platform to the American Independent Party, just more extreme.  Pass.

GREEN PARTY – Crazy tree huggers, these are the people who appeal to some segments of the atheist community due to their focus on social justice.  Fuck ’em all.  Pave the Earth.  Pass.

JUSTICE PARTY – A newcomer to the mix, having been formed in 2011, it’s a moderate-liberal party that advocates economic justice, green jobs and political responsibility.  Seems like a lot of ideas, no real cohesive platform.  Pass.

LIBERTARIAN PARTY – While there is some good to be had in libertarian thought, it tends to encompass far too much real estate.  Lots of libertarians are anarchists, wanting no, or virtually no government at all.  They tend to be fiscally conservative and socially liberal, but to be honest, I think they go to extremes in both regards.  There are things they want to eliminate that I simply can never agree with, hence I will never vote Libertarian.  Pass.

OBJECTIVIST PARTY – The party is based on the ideas of Ayn Rand, which makes it a bunch of wingnut kooks right off the bat.  There’s an saying that says “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs. ”  Pass.

PARTY OF SOCIALISM AND LIBERATION – Love these people, the two candidates they are running are too young to Constitutionally accept office even if they were elected.  Yeah, that inspires a lot of confidence.  As if it’s any surprise, this is a communist party, so clearly, since such a concept only appeals to the immature, kids running for office is to be expected.  Pass.

PEACE & FREEDOM PARTY – Far left crazy party, purely socialist and enviro-nutty.  I mean seriously, their candidates are Roseann Barr and Cindy Sheehan.  Nuff said.  Pass.

PROHIBITION PARTY – Vehemently against alcohol and tobacco, this party has existed for over 100 years and has basically dwindled into obscurity, getting only 643 votes for it’s 2008 Presidential candidate.  In fact, it has only had one elected official in the whole of the 20th century, a tax assessor in Pennsylvania.  It’s just embarassing.  Pass.

REFORM PARTY USA – Formed in 1995 by Ross Perot, this party came to notoriety during Perot’s failed 1996 Presidential run.  The party is decidedly fiscally conservative and has no social stand whatsoever, preferring to allow individual members to decide.  However, you really can’t have a party with no social policies, which leads to the Reform Party USA being a complete bust.  Pass.

SOCIALIST PARTY USA (SP-USA) / LIBERTY UNION PARTY – More crazy socialists, there seem to be a lot of parties that lean in this direction.  Screw ’em all.  Pass.

SOCIALIST EQUALITY PARTY – Yet another one.  Their platform: “The Socialist Equality Party is a political party of and for the working class. The SEP seeks not to reform capitalism, but to create a socialist, democratic and egalitarian society through the establishment of a workers’ government and the revolutionary transformation of world economy. We seek to unify workers in the United States and internationally in the common struggle for socialism—that is, for equality and the rational and democratic utilization of the wealth of the planet.”  Pass.

SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY – Likewise here, the VP candidate cannot legally serve even if elected.  This is nothing new, the party has routinely run candidates which cannot legally hold office.  If you know that, why run these candidates?  If the party is that stupid, they don’t deserve any votes.  Pass.

Is it any wonder this country is going to hell in a handbasket if these are the only idiots who want to run the country?

11 thoughts on “Election 2012: Obama & Romney Both Suck

    1. I absolutely disagree with their drug legalization stance, their anarchist/minarchist extremism (for those who are anarchist/minarchist, of course), as well as other stances. I do agree with small government (just not little or no government), personal responsibility (although things like drug legalization and personal responsibility don\’t go together) and keeping the government out of your life (although they often go too far here as well).

      Just not my party.

        1. No, as far as I'm concerned, anyone who needs or wants to inject, ingest, snort or smoke an illicit substance to feel good about themselves has serious problems and is reneging on their own responsibility not to use such items as a crutch. While I don't support paternalism, I also don't support the Libertarian position that we ought to legalize (or decriminalize) such substances and let people make their own decisions, the decision to use such substances at all is irresponsible.

          1. Now there's the simplistic, blinkered, self-righteous, and authoritarian thinking I've come to expect from conservatives, mixed with a good bit of arrogance that helps you feel superior AND claim knowledge of other people's motivations for your own purposes, all in two short sentences. I knew it was in there somewhere. You sure you're not religious? Sure sounds like it, except without any of that humility or tolerance we hear so much about.

          2. And the emotional reaction without a shred of evidence or fact to support it that we've come to expect from the libertarian crowd. Now to be sure, I do make exceptions for people using drugs for medically-necessary purposes, pain and nausea control, for instance, and do support medical marijuana for that purpose, but for people who just want to escape reality for a while because their lives suck, no. Maybe they ought to spend that time and effort and money making their lives better. I fundamentally differ from Libertarian thought in that they preach responsibility for your actions, I preach taking responsible actions in the first place. They preach freedom to do whatever you want to do, so long as you handle the negative consequences, I want people to take good actions to begin with and there are no negative consequences to handle. Libertarianism wants people to be uncontrolled. I want people to be self-controlled.

            It's funny that you immediately leap to an irrational emotional response instead of simply dealing with the situation in a critical, rational, intellectual fashion.

          3. Aside from the cheap shot about comparing your position to religious resistance to reason, I don't think I was all that emotional. In fact, I think the adjectives I used were pretty spot-on.
            Apologies for the knee-jerkish response, but I've had this converstaion so many times, with people of so many otherwise differing political persuasions, that it tends to bring out my ire fairly quickly. I spent a good while writing a more comprehensive and rational comment about drug policy, but it was quickly becoming a novel, and I didn't want to have to post multiple comment replies. Also it was a bit out of place in this thread anyway, especially since I actually agree with a lot of your quick party assessments.
            So instead, I'm going to complete it as my own blog post, and invite you to take a look when it's up if you are interested, probably tonight or tomorrow. I'd love to hear your thoughts, I';ve never been one to stick to preaching to the choir. I've been searching for new topics, so thanks for the inspiration, even though we disagree!

          4. Sure, I can do that. I can't tell you how many times I've started responding to someone else's blog post and ended up writing one of my own instead. Just let me know, I'd be happy to go take a look and respond.

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