Why I Refuse to Vote for Barack Obama by Conor Friedersdorf

This fantastic article made the rounds yesterday, but I didn’t have time to get to it until now.  It is an impassioned piece written by a former Obama supporter explaining why he can no longer support a man who as President has done more to damage The Constitution of the United States than even George W. Bush.  It is written in the mainstream magazine The Atlantic, and he even goes so far as to say that he will be likely voting for Gary Johnson in the election, a position very similar to my own.

Personally, I think that the best thing that could happen in the current election is for as many people as possible to vote third party.  I don’t care who you vote for, just don’t vote for either of these establishment cronies.  If a decent percentage vote away from the two party dictatorship, it will empower the people in a small way and set us up for some real political fireworks in 2016.  So my rallying cry from now until the election will be: Vote, but Vote 3rd Party.

Here is my favorite section of his article.

There is a candidate on the ballot in at least 47 states, and probably in all 50, who regularly speaks out against that post-9/11 trend, and all the individual policies that compose it. His name is Gary Johnson, and he won’t win. I am supporting him because he ought to. Liberals and progressives care so little about having critiques of the aforementioned policies aired that vanishingly few will even urge that he be included in the upcoming presidential debates. If I vote, it will be for Johnson. What about the assertion that Romney will be even worse than Obama has been on these issues? It is quite possible, though not nearly as inevitable as Democrats seem to think. It isn’t as though they accurately predicted the abysmal behavior of Obama during his first term, after all. And how do you get worse than having set a precedent for the extrajudicial assassination of American citizens? By actually carrying out such a killing? Obama did that too. Would Romney? I honestly don’t know. I can imagine he’d kill more Americans without trial and in secret, or that he wouldn’t kill any. I can imagine that he’d kill more innocent Pakistani kids or fewer. His rhetoric suggests he would be worse. I agree with that. Then again, Romney revels in bellicosity; Obama soothes with rhetoric and kills people in secret.

To hell with them both.

Read the full piece here.

In Liberty,


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  1. By not voting you are giving Obama a vote.
    I have heard others say same…….well then I just won’t vote.
    So there!
    Fine one more vote for the incumbent
    That is what happened with the Ross Perot thing too and for those who think they ought to vote for Paul or Johnson………
    All votes for Obama

    • This is assuming that the votes are correctly counted. And since it HAS been proven that there are 1000 ways to tweak the final vote, I vote for no confidence in the system.

      But don’t my word for it, read about anomalies here.

    • And even though we as an advanced people can do some really amazing things we still can’t feed everyone. So what makes us think we can actually do a vote count. Open Source or go home.

  2. Ya right start a third party now to tap off votes from the only hope this country has. You Go and help the messia win again and just see what you get. It has been dirty politics sense inception and it contiunes today. You said it your self Oboma has done much to destroy our constistution so help get him reelected??????

  3. I hear similar rhetoric to those in the comments above from many friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. If everyone who stated this sentiment – that a vote for a third party candidate was really a vote for a Repub or Dem – the vote tally for the third party candidate would be much higher than five percent. We should all try to break any normalcy bias we may have and vote for who we think would be the best for our country rather than who you think may be able to win. The two parties do a wonderful job of dividing and conquering the populace.

    • Michael Krieger

      Exactly! By voting for the “lesser of two evils” what are you going to get? Still evil. Others can rationalize that choice all they want but I am done playing their little games.

    • Yes, when you are using the “lesser of evils” phrase as a metaphor and you really mean making the best of a less than optimum situation, then it makes sense to apply some kind of rational cost/benefit analysis and try to pick the best of the available options.

      BUT, when you are really talking about evil, as we most certainly are here, then the lesser of evils is still EVIL, as you say.

      At this place and time in human history I think that those who are awake to the truly unmitigated EVIL that both Romney and Obama represent must make a stand. Compromise is one of the great weapons of the status quo.

      I don’t feel like I know Gary Johnson well enough yet. I definitely like what he says and he seems authentic and sincere to me. Although I don’t agre with everything that Ron Paul stands for, he has proven himself to me by walking his talk in Congress for 30 years. If I could have my absolute wish at this point, I’d like to see a Paul/Johnson ticket with Ron Paul as candidate for President and Johnson as VP. I’d also vote for Johnson with Paul as VP, but with somewhat less enthusiasm. If they don’t combine their efforts, I think that I am writing in Ron Paul.

  4. I’d just like to pipe in and comment that I can’t in good conscience vote again for Obama. I have witnessed his administrations obvious mishandling of the financial crisis and willful ignoring all of the fraud and corruption perpetrated by the TBTF banks in collusion with Wall Street. The MBS securities fraud, and unraveling of our middle class and the fraudulent taking of millions of peoples homes. That, and the NDAA, Obama is a schill of his banker, military industrial, multi national overlords. Oh and also of the multi nationally privately owned Federal Reserve Bank of Dollar Devaluation..

    Nor can I vote for Romney. He is even worse and even deeper tied to Wall Street and the Banksters. And have your listened to him speak?
    Really? That’s who the republicans picked? Oh, I forgot who the competition was… and who the billionaires want to do their bidding.

    Gary Johnson is interesting, however I think a vote for Johnson is a throwaway.

    So, to make a statement to both the Obama and Romney campaigns, I will write in Ron Paul.

    I will vote for Ron Paul because he deserves votes and it also serves as a way to show my displeasure with the electoral process and how the RNC treated Ron Paul at their convention.

  5. A vote for Gary Johnson would mean that Ron Paul doesn’t get a vote, and vice versa.

    This is one of the reasons why voting won’t change anything. People who want change end up getting divided on whom to vote for in the same manner as the democrat/republican game.

  6. Before you go vote for Gary Johnson, you might consider the fine analysis from Karl Denninger at the Market-Ticker: http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=211818

    Johnson will not get my vote. I am consciously choosing not to vote for Prez or Congress. I will give my consent.

  7. A flea fart in a hurricane would send a louder “statement,” but if it makes you feel better. The REALITY is that either Obama or Romney will win this election – any other votes are pointless. Personally, I like Gary Johnson (and I definitely lean Libertarian), but if I vote for him, it only helps Obama. That is just the plain reality of this election.

  8. Obama is a known Multi-Murderer of U.S. citizens and citizens of foreign countries. So are his cronies around him {ie Clintons and Holder}. How can any moral person vote for known murders. At least Romney hasn’t murdered yet…. just an observation..is there really any debate?

  9. Voting Gary he Johnson actually helps Romney not Obama so shut the hell up already idiots.Both the democrats and republicans are the same,get your head out of your asses.

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