I sit here looking at my options come November and I'm not pleased with the choices. I can choose Obama who has proven his inability to actually lead by failing to unite the Republicans and Democrats in order to save us-the middle class in general-from financial ruin. I can choose Romney whom I believe will actually have enough support to get his agenda moved through Congress, but I'm not liking the fact that this will probably further deplete my wallet while enriching those who need it the least. Or I can vote for a Third Party candidate which will almost certainly guarantee that whomever takes office will not be to my liking since so many are convinced that a Third Party vote is a wasted vote and so consign themselves to voting for either a Republican or a Democrat whom they really don't support as a vote "against the other guy".
As an Independent voter who must pick a party to participate in the primaries, I had to register as a Republican this year for the primaries in order to vote for whom I thought would be a better candidate for the Republican option. Needless to say, being a pretty Conservative Liberal, the guy I thought best met my qualifications did not get the nod as the presumptive Republican nominee. Barring an upset in Tampa next week, I just can't see voting Republican for President. Romney is the choice of Big Business for a reason. He will continue to coddle their interests above those of the welfare of the nation. This means the Banksters will continue to get off scot-free, and jobs will continue to flee our shores. Tax cuts for the Wealthy will continue and probably be expanded as he continues the failed Reaganomics of "piss on my head" trickle down economics.
On the other hand, the Democrat option of Obama does not fit the bill either. He has failed in his mission to save the Middle-class from the Banksters foreclosing on homes. He has failed to bring our manufacturing jobs back to our shores. He has failed to deliver a Public Option to health insurance. He has failed to bring unemployment down below 8%. As noted by his supporters, this is due mainly to obstructionism by the Congressional Republicans. This is why I say he has failed to lead. It is necessary to get BOTH sides to work together. He has a bully pulpit to use to stop the bickering and focus their attention on the economy and saving the middle-class. He has the power of the Media at his fingertips and still couldn't bring BOTH sides into line. This has caused him to fail. He is a failure as a President because of this. He is a failure in this most important regard. I don't vote for failed leaders.
So this leave me the Third Party option. Who do I think would make a good third party President? ME!!! Even though I support Rocky Anderson on most of his positions, Jill Stein on most of her agenda, and Ron Paul on most of his too, it is impossible to get them to agree to support ONE candidate and to gather their followers under one flag to make that persons election possible. The only person I agree with 100% is myself. Since I have the option of writing in a candidates name, I have chosen to write in my Newsvine name. Citizen Kane-473667 in 2012!!! If I'm going to "waste" my vote, I might as well waste it on someone I know I fully support. At least I won't be blaming my failure on someone else. Now I'm not asking you to vote for me. Why should you? I promise that something I believe in will piss you off. So who do I think you should vote for? YOU! I would love to see the results on election night coming back with a larger percentages of "Other" votes being reported than for any one candidate.
Granted, none of us will be re-decorating the Lincoln Bedroom, but hopefully the level of frustration with our current Political system will send the message that these people we are given the choices of, are not nearly as representative of our wishes overall as a Society as they should be. They are out of touch with Main Street. They are out of touch with those who they are supposed to represent--US as a People, not the Corporations and the Wealthy as a small influential minority of the population of this country! This is indeed class warfare, and we are losing the battle. We would rather have no one than continue to allow our collective asses to be sold out to the interests of Corporate America...