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Why I am an Independent Voting Against Romney (for Obama)

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Submitted by Ron Thompson (United States), Nov 6, 2012 at 08:25

While i entirely agree that Obama has followed a seriously wrong-headed policy toward the Muslim world, making his most grievous mistakes via Iran in 2009 and toward the Arab 'Spring' (Winter) since it began, I believe Romney represents the more immediate threat to American National Security because of his economic policies focused exclusively on rewarding the rich yet more than the overwhelming advantages they already enjoy..

The only individualism I can see that he stands he stands for is the individualism of the most rapacious rich. It may have been radical in the view of many to elect a black president, but it will be far more radical if we elect a businessman for the first time in our history, and a businss man who has been a financial predator rather than a genuine creator of wealth such as the many true business geniuses, of our history like Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Julius Rosenwald,Henry Kaiser, Steve Jobs, etc, etc

Romney has campaigned on the basis of such blatant lies, that if he wins he must inevitably betray either his base or all those who think he has moved to 'the center' in recent weeks.

For anyone remotely aware of how radical inequality has increased in recent decades, and that no one can now make the Forbes 400 list without being a billionaire, it is absurd to claim that we are on a "socialist" course.

The American "exceptionalism" that is proud of the fact that we are the only advanced country that does not have universal health care even after tha step taken in that direction with Obamacare is not the kind of exceptionalism I grew up being proud of.

Championing the comprehensive erosion or outright repeal of the social safety net and social justice policies of the last 100 years, as established by Theodore Roosevelt (a republican) through FDR, Truman (the GI Bill), LBJ, Nixon (another republican),Clinton, and Obama would be a huge retrograde step rendering us, in my view, far less capable of meeting the Islamic threat. We cannot continue to hollow out, stress, or render permanently stagnant the economic status and hopes of the broad middle class,and expect that we can display the kind of Will and National Purpose needed to meet that threat.

So I will vote for Obama to stave off the threat of Romney's dangerous economic policies and if he wins turn around the next day and resume all the criticsm i am capable of regarding his dangerous appeasement of islam. (and incidentally, I must respectfully disagree with Dr Pipes view that something called 'Islamism' is the totalitarian threat. - the totalitarianism in Islam comes from the core of the religion, and even more centrally from the mind and heart of its founder, Mohammed) .

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