Endorsing the lesser of two evils is still endorsing evil
Wow. The Nation is completely morally bankrupt. How on earth could you possibly endorse a candidate about whom you write this:
To his credit, Obama presided over the end of the Iraq War and is bringing the war in Afghanistan to a close. But there is no denying this president’s spinal collapse when it comes to defending core civil liberties. Obama promised to close Guantánamo, then reversed himself. He did not end military tribunals and restore the rule of law for terror suspects. He launched a drone war that is killing civilians and fueling a backlash against the United States throughout the Muslim world. And he has not rolled back the imperial presidency of George W. Bush, as he promised; indeed, in some instances, more power has been concentrated in the White House by a president who now reserves the right to extrajudicially assassinate US citizens.
Maybe you are not morally bankrupt. Maybe you are completely insane. This is really hard to fathom. Your entire editorial basically says that by fighting tooth and nail various constituencies were able to obtain quarter-measures and lip service from this corporatist president, and therefore you endorse him strongly. What is going through your minds?
We have been choosing the lesser of two evils in this country for at least the last thirty years. Where has that gotten us? We now have a Democratic Party that is far to the right of Richard Nixon. Every time you cast a vote for a right-wing Democrat, you give the party permission to move even further to the right. How much more can the people stand? The destruction of civil liberties and the collapse of the economy is here. It is far past time to own our power and vote for someone who is on our side. There is such a candidate this year: Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party.
Obama's re-election is all but assured. The only thing we can do to help ourselves is to vote for Dr. Stein and send a message that the people are awakening and this situation will no longer be tolerated.
Oct 10 2012 - 8:55pm