a vote for obama

November 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm 14 comments


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it’s the eve of the 2012 presidential elections. i assume that by this time everybody has decided who he or she is going to vote. i have. i’m casting my ballot for obama. i know that most of my friends and relatives will be disappointed because they will be voting for romney.

truth to tell, i’m equally disappointed that they are voting for romney. it’s not because he is evil. i think deep down he’s a good person. i’m disappointed because he represents the republican party that has gone far right and dominated by tea party loyalists and religious fanatics who are so full of themselves. like the talibans, they believe that their views are the only ones that matter.

when obama took office four years ago, he has inherited two major wars and an economy on the brink of collapse. instead of providing bipartisan support, the extreme right of the republican party has thrown everything including the kitchen sink to derail his administration. they have disrespected his person, calling him names, and even questioning his citizenship. they have obstructed all his major legislations and failed to cooperate.

folks, that’s not good for america. since the problems that the country is facing today are varied and complex, no individuals or party can claim all the answers. as in the past, the best solutions can be arrived at only through compromise. failure to achieve the middle ground results in gridlock and failure to act decisively and in a timely manner.

one of the major criticism of the obama presidency is his inability to achieve concessions from the other side. you can’t fault him for not trying. he has tried. but there’s nothing much he can do if the people across the aisle are determined to make him a one-time president and his presidency a fluke. still, despite heavy opposition, obama has achieved much in his first term. these include health care reform, passage of the stimulus bill, wall street reform, saving the auto industry, and end of the iraq war. i believe he deserves a second term. he can accomplish more if given the opportunity. in addition, i think a romney loss would be good for the republican party. it would be a wake-up call for its leaders to go back to its moderate roots.

i will vote for obama because he represents the core values that are dear to me. heaven forbid, if romney is elected. it would mean deregulation. it would mean the repeal of obamacare and massive cuts in social services. it would mean tax cuts for the rich and widening of the gap between the rich and the poor.

you may ask, how can we differentiate a democrat from a republican? i will answer that question by paraphrasing the late winston churchill: if you have no heart, you’re not a democrat. if you have no brain, you’re not a republican. in the final analysis, what the country needs is a blending of the two.

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  • 1. rebecca2000  |  November 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Great words. I feel the right wing is trying to make us go back in time to uglier times. Not that republicans are that way, just that they don’t understand what they are asking for.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  November 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      rebecca:

      as i said in my post, it would be good if the republicans lose this election. it would be a wake-up call for the moderate leaders of the party to reclaim it back from the right wing extremists.

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  • 3. xristinamaria  |  November 6, 2012 at 8:12 am

    i have always liked Obama. he had a tall order but voters must weigh everything. he has done a lot, not just for America.

    gut feel kicking in, “di ko feel si Mitt Romney” i can’t explain it, but he just doesn’t come across sincere enough for me. and the more i hear of his past performance and the policies should he win…i’d say, don’t let him come near Big Bird.

    seriously, it is expected of “leaders”, either they won or lost the election; to respect the people’s voice, extend their hands to their rivals, and play their parts for the good of the nation.

    well, you’ve done your part my friend. we can always hope for the best. forward!

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    • 4. plaridel  |  November 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

      xristinamaria:

      romney’s campaign is built on lies. he flip flops on issues. one day, he appears as a conservative. another day, he appears as a moderate. you don’t really know where he stands. he just tells you what you want to hear and lie to sweeten the deal. in the age of social media, i don’t understand how he can fool so many people and vote for him.

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  • 5. xristinamaria  |  November 6, 2012 at 8:44 am

    oh, just so you know, i didn’t vote for PNoy. but now that he’s president, i’m doing my part. he too, landed a post that has become so argh! so he needs all the support he could get. as i said, we must do our part and hope for the best 🙂

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    • 6. plaridel  |  November 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

      xristinamaria:

      pnoy isn’t perfect, but i think he’s doing his best. the mess that he inherited from the previous admnistration is such that it would take generations to fix it. i hope his successor will continue the good work that he has started.

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  • 9. Abby  |  November 6, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Have you voted yet? 🙂

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    • 10. plaridel  |  November 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      abby:

      i will shortly. just waiting for my lunch break. 🙂

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  • 11. Joy  |  November 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    God bless America!

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    • 12. plaridel  |  November 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

      joy:

      he heard you. 🙂

      Reply
  • 13. corporation offshore  |  November 7, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Undoubtedly it will be bitter. The true believers will fulminate that they were tricked by the establishment into accepting Romney, John McCain, and free-spending, big-government fellow traveler George W. Bush. The Tea Partiers are a minority in America but almost certainly a majority in what could become a smaller and smaller Republican Party. And the GOP’s experience in California suggests that one beating, or even several, may not yield a GOP self-correction but a dug-in revanchism. The state party’s response has been to lurch rightward. The result, as McCain’s chief 2008 strategist Steve Schmidt predicts, is that Republicans could soon become “the third party” in the nation’s largest state—behind Democrats and independents.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  November 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

      patty:

      it would be very sad if that happens.

      Reply

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