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Thursday, October 4,2012

President: Barack Obama and Joe Biden (D)

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Virgil H. Goode Jr. / Jim Clymer
American Constitution

Barack Obama / Joe Biden

Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan

Gary Johnson / James P. Gray

Jill Stein / Cheri Honkala

Stewart Alexander / Alex Mendoza
Socialist, USA

Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson / Luis J. Rodriguez

Roseanne Barr / Cindy Lee Sheehan
Peace and Freedom

James Harris / Alyson Kennedy
Socialist Workers

Tom Hoefling / Jonathan D. Ellis

Gloria La Riva / Filberto Ramirez Jr.
Socialism and Liberation

Merlin Miller / Harry V. Bertram
American Third Position

Jill Reed / Tom Cary

Thomas Robert Stevens / Alden Link

Sheila "Samm" Tittle / Matthew A. Turner
We the People

Jerry White / Phyllis Scherrer
Socialist Equality


We think that this country will that third parties are important and never reach its full potential until more parties are involved in the process. So if you want to vote for a third party, we think that’s great, and we won’t accuse you of throwing away your vote or giving the election away to the Democrats or Republicans.

Speaking of the two major parties, Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate, has a long history of changing his mind and saying whatever he thinks his audience wants to hear in order to garner their support. In Massachusetts he was a moderate Republican who oversaw that state’s health care reform and did a pretty good job as governor. When he decided to run for president this time around, he morphed into an uncomfortable, last-minute convert to hyper-conservative tea-party theology because he believed that it was his only chance to win the nomination. Now he has to dance with the one who brought him.

As a result, he is wrong on women’s issues, wrong on banking reform, wrong on labor, wrong on tax fairness, wrong on foreign policy and very wrong on his approach to the use of U.S. military power in general and in the Middle East in particular. And he chose the wrong running mate in Paul Ryan because he was once again trying to appease the hyper-conservatives who believe that only reducing taxes and the national debt matters, even though those positions are mutually exclusive.

Some people say we have no idea who the real Mitt Romney is, but in truth, he has always been perfectly consistent. He is a man who will say and do anything in order to attain power. He became more liberal to run a state and is perfectly willing to become more conservative to run a country. He is a chameleon addicted to the prestige of power.

Because Romney is so wrong, we are supporting Barack Obama, who we believe is a far better choice for president than the former governor. That said, we have been very disappointed with Obama in his first term. His record on the environment is terrible, and he now supports even more gas development and fracking. He failed to close Guantanamo as promised. He has left in place all of the Bush-era intrusions into our privacy. He has allowed the very banks that nearly destroyed the economy to not only go unpunished, but to continue with the same reckless behavior that led to this whole mess in the first place, all the while still taking their campaign contributions.

On the other side of the coin, the president has done some good things. His health care reform was a modest effort but probably the best he could do with a Congress bought and paid for by the health care industry. He walked us back from the economic abyss in his first months in office with a skill and calmness that belied the consequences had he failed. And his handling of the Libyan crisis may well have created a new model for U.S. military intervention going forward. He killed bin Laden, but then politicized it and celebrated the incident like a hunter strapping a buck on the hood of his truck.

Obama is a far better choice than Romney, but sadly, he has turned out to be just another politician rather than the instrument of hope and change that we were promised. Perhaps with this, his last campaign, behind him come November, Obama can still become the agent for change that this country so desperately needs. We hope so, and are willing to give him another four years.

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