I consider myself to be a level-headed, pensive and conscious human. I take many issues into deep consideration, and am mostly willing to hear many sides of an argument and entertain without embracing. What I am about to posit is going to sound pretty insane for thinkers, liberty endorsers, RP heads and friends, but if you bear with me my point may become clear. With that, I give you:
'Why I am Voting for Barack Obama'
As mentioned before, I like to think deeply about many topics, especially the politik. My political learning career began before I was competent enough to examine issues deeply. In high school, during the glorious heights of the Bush era, I was still too young, inexperienced and impatient to look into what lies below the surface of any game. I was, for the most part, a student of the mainstream media. Locked into the vicious cycle of talking points and counter-talking points. Political footballs meant to be tossed back and forth without studying the underlying power structure. I was under a false impression that Republicans were all evil, taking actions in direct opposition to what I thought I believed or stood for.
The solution, I naively thought, was to vote a Democrat into office to scale back the damage done by Bush and Co. In the 2004 election, which was my first political vote, I voted for John Kerry. A decorated veteran, seemingly opposed to wars of aggression and to abuses of power. How little I knew then.
It then took Bush's reelection and four more years of horror to beat a very important notion into my brain. That notion is the left-right paradigm, which early on I was steeped in. You can ask any number of regular citizens about the electoral processes, and many will reply with the common knowledge that 'You have two choices in elections, Republicans and Democrats. If it comes down to two candidates neither of which you support, you should vote for the lesser of the two evils'. I have heard various iterations of this argument more times than I could count from more people than I'd care to admit. This narrative has Americans trapped into a box.
Inside this box is a rigged game, riddled with facades of choice, of liberty, of freedom. The precipice of this concept still did not begin to make sense until the election of Barack Obama. Although at the time I may not have endorsed him, but again it was a battle against two evils. The Republican destruction wrought by Bush was deep-seated, and Americans knew it. With a Democratic candidate who appeared fresh, coming with fresh(albeit completely empty) language about hope and change, a candidate who seemed again to stand in opposition to the then ruling party. Many people beyond diehard dems bought this campaign as well. Which is where the real learning began.
Once Obama took office, he took some strange actions and failed to enact other promises. Flowery language of ending wars, of ending unpatriotic acts, of stopping extraordinary rendition was splattered across glowing television screens and throughout the establishment print media. Many truly believed Obama's words. He even won a Nobel peace prize in his first year for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." He won that peace prize while presiding over two undeclared wars, while refusing to end an unpatriotic act, while holding many uncharged prisoners in Cuban cages without recourse.
This is a case-study in the left-right paradigm. Eight years of Republican rule leads the general population to believe that the prior regime hailing from the red team, was evil. The natural extension leads to the blue team, who seemingly embody traits the people now want. Rinse, wash, and repeat. Without using any ambiguous fantasies that were thrown around to get elected, Obama's actions can be judged. Obama has continued and reinforced actions by the red team. He will not roll back unpatriotic acts, he will not halt endless wars, and he ended up taking financial bailout insanity to a never-before-seen level. While Bush was evil for instigating a deficit, Obama again showed he could do better. This leads to my main point: Why I am Voting for Barack Obama.
I registered as a Republican in my state to be able to vote in primaries once I learned about the honorable Ron Paul. Even draped in a Republican cape, his actions and words both speak louder to me than any other political figure. I was excited in 2008 to watch him take on the establishment and fight for true liberty. Although he was ignored, insulted, belittled and ridiculed by punditry and regular people non-stop, he never wavered. His supports never wavered either. He spread ideas so damaging to the ruling establishment whenever he was given time to speak. However he did not gain a groundswell of support large enough to topple the machine.
This election cycle is an entirely different story. Although he has not outright won first in a republican primary thus far, his numbers are astounding. If someone stated in 2008 that Ron Paul only four years later would be pulling 2nds and 3rds in very establishment GOP neighborhoods, they would have laughed the speaker out of the room. In a previous iteration of this current blog, I remember posting a story about RP winning 3rd place in a straw poll of townhall.com voters and being amazed at his accomplishment with a dedicated GOP audience found at townhall. A commenter laughed at the prospect, noting that it was a real-world loss for him because he took third.
The joke is slowly turning around. Ron Paul, against any odds in existence, is spreading his message, one fully backed-up by his voting record. Pulling 2nd and 3rd in stalwart GOP states is truly baffling. Because he does not have a majority of support from banks and corporations, his success is, for now, doomed. He does receive more donations from soldiers in the armed forces, but they are just a bunch of grunts and pawns right? They couldn't possibly be advanced and intelligent enough to vote for their own interest.
Wall Street does count, and votes with their money on who is deemed most electable(most able to pay it forward, most able to nurture and protect the status quo etc.), then the people get to "vote" for their red or blue team-approved candidate. Even against the huge behemoth of corporate money, corporate-funded media interests writing the narrative for the approved election outcome, Ron Paul continues to fight for what he believes in, or at least what he claims to believe in.
After that backdrop, there are many reasons I am voting for Barack Obama. Four more years of Obama will allow him to further indebt the American people into an impossible hole that can never be escaped. Obama, being a constitutional lawyer, clearly knows the value of the constitution and the vital role it plays in sustaining and maintaining a republic. This is illustrated insultingly by signing into law the NDAA, which absolutely abrogates the protections of the constitution. Obama, with an assist from the red team, was able to assume a level of power never before declared. Bush should be blushing right now, his groundwork was able to forge a society into voting for the "polar opposite" candidate, who hit the gas pedal and went top speed into totalitarianism.
I can only speak for myself, and can only relay my personal experiences. Eight years of Bush was necessary for me to fully understand the danger of Republican-in-name-only rule. It took less than a year for Obama to prove that Democrats have not an honest leg to stand on in regards to where they differ. Their policies speak for them. Looking at the popularity and support that Ron Paul has gained, it will take four more years of Obama rule to enrage Republicans enough to perhaps reconsider their choice for a candidate. Will they support a RINO who claims conservative values and policies and then promptly forget those values once in office? Will Democrats become conscious enough to remember that at one time they feigned an antiwar stance and guarded the welfare of the less fortunate? Life and experience has instilled in me a heavy pessimism, maybe too heavy to declare that I have hope or look upon the future with stars in my eyes. I am under no assumption that the collective societal consciousness will be able to break free from the mental chains hidden within their minds.
It will probably take even longer than the next election cycle for the realization to occur that the ruling elite have no interest in upholding the ideals that common people believe and seek to achieve through the election of candidates. Bush and Obama, like two opposing branches growing from the tree of the state, have both done immense harm or have accomplished amazing things from the standpoint of banks, corporations and those that benefit from destruction. Bush hastened a march toward permanent war, Obama aided and abetted the march toward fascist rule for the executive office that Bush began. Both helped to strengthen emerging crises and will continue. Another term for Obama might actually lead to real hope and change, but not in the manner he spoke of. Another term for Obama might assist in drawing attention to very real geopolitical and economic problems that have real consequences, we see new consequences emerge continuously.
Another term for Obama might set a fire under the already successful Occupy movement, as they push for humans to realize where they stand in true economic terms. My true hope for change is that Obama's actions will help to crush the vicious paradigm of mental control which strangles every mind into thinking there are only two directions. That there are two choices in the next election. However, nothing will change until it is fully recognized that there is really only choice: the state.