Why I Am (Likely) Not Voting

I am commenting on one of two recent incidents which I found out about these past three days.  To me, thinking about them is more important than thinking about how to vote in the election, which I still haven't and may not altogether, for the reasons outlined below.

The first is that someone in the federal government evidently illegally leaked the fact that Obama has a relative in Boston who is here undocumented and has a deportation order against her.  Obama is advocating the deportation of his aunt to Kenya.  Obama says the laws should  be enforced - well which laws are those?  The ones that deny people the right to emigrate to the U.S. despite lengthy U.S. intrusion into the affairs of other countries?  The ones that subject noncitizens in the U.S. to conditions ranging from  second class to subhuman, whether 20 year green card holders or undocumented migrant farmworkers.    What happened to understanding social, economic, and political circumstances?  Empathy?  Looking at specifics?  Critical legal theory?

Put what Obama has done in contrast to what other family members and friends of people who are facing deportation are doing.  Perhaps he is waiting for the election to be over so he can sponsor a private bill for  his aunt (I think he can do that...not sure) - but I am tired of waiting for the "real Obama" to show up.  I think we must start forcing him to become the Obama we want him to be.

Regardless, he has as with many other communities like Muslims and radical Black leaders, thrown them under the bus to win an election.  And God Bless him!  I want him to win!  But God  Damn the America that shaped him ;)

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oh cmon now. we're all asian

oh cmon now. we're all asian south asian whatever. let's not pretend that social pressure doesn't exist, even if we agree/disagree.

I'm with Obama. I don't think

I'm with Obama.

I don't think third parties should compete in presidential politics until there's significant third party and independent representation in Congress. I'm no fan of the Democratic Party, but I will stick with them in presidential politics until then, because I think it's a step-by-step process to establish third part/independent representation at a national level - one that takes constant investment in local and congressional elections, over years and years, and not every leap year.

The day after Kerry lost the 2004 election, I took solace in the possibility of an Obama presidency in 2008, and I was excited about it.

Over the past two years, I've gotten much less excited about Obama the Candidate, but if Obama the President is even half of Obama the Person who wrote those two books, I can live with that.

So if you're a progressive who's considering voting third party/independent, by all means do so; but please, not for the presidential ticket.

Don't throw away your vote.

Don't throw away your vote. Vote your values, for Cynthia McKinney (or Ralph Nader).

So if you’re a progressive

So if you’re a progressive who’s considering voting third party/independent, by all means do so; but please, not for the presidential ticket.

I want him to win too (and moreso for McCain to lose), but I no longer think I'm interested in giving him or the Democrats a "mandate" on the policies they're advocating now. So if you live outside of Virginia, or Colorado, or Ohio, or especially Pennsylvania, please make an honest and informed choice. That's all I'm asking.

I hear you. Right now, due

I hear you. Right now, due to this (which I understand from the point of view of winning the election, but less so from the point of view of decency and human solidarity) and other things, I think I'm leaning toward a McKinney-Clemente vote. But I'm in New York, so this kind of prodding to the left likely won't cost the election. If I were in PA, OH, or some such toss-up state, I would pull the lever for Obama. Obvs.

Yeah, I ended up voting for

Yeah, I ended up voting for Calero on a write-in because frankly the major third party candidates weren't that satisfying to me either. But goddamnit, how did we get in this mess? As the first question to, how do we get out of it?

Thanks to both of you for your support.

So if you’re a progressive

So if you’re a progressive who’s considering voting third party/independent, by all means do so; but please, not for the presidential ticket.

And I thought that it was my right to vote for whomever I wanted, but I guess presidential elections are off-limits. Woo hoo American democracy!

eh?

eh?

um...desi italiana...it is

um...desi italiana...it is your right, along with jumping off a bridge (as long as you dont kill yourself or violate trespassing laws)...vivek was expressing an opinion...

"children behaaaaaaaave.

"children behaaaaaaaave. that's what they say when we're together."

:)

i love tiffany :)

you're old...tiffany??!?!?!?

you're old...tiffany??!?!?!?

yeah dude, tiffany! "runnin

yeah dude, tiffany!

"runnin just as fast as we can, holdin on to one another's hands, tryin to get away into the night, and then you put your arms around me and we tumble to the ground and then i say..."

should've been a campaign theme song. kucinich maybe :)

"i think we're alone now, the

"i think we're alone now, the beating of our hearts is the only sound".

i watch my behind the music....

doesn't change the fact that you're old :-)

you can say what you want,

you can say what you want, but I'm 29. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

You see, NOW you can say I'm old, because I remember when Dennis Miller wasn't a total dipshit.

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