Readers of MillersTime will not be surprised by my vote to re-elect President Obama and Vice President Biden.
Although I am not blind to the Obama’s administrations failures to deliver on all of his promises, it seems clear to me, as The New Yorker points out this morning, that this election presents two significantly different approaches to governing:
For me, Romney, at best, represents a future that we have already seen. – one that failed in the last Bush administration.
For me, Obama represents a future in which I believe – one that strives for tolerance, fairness, and equality.
Both candidates are reasonable men, intelligent and devoted to our country.
However, Romney’s move to the right and move away from the more moderate positions he has held most of his life is of significant concern.
Obama, while less progressive than I would prefer, has shown a willingness to consider not only his ‘base’ but also what is fair for all.
(* There are three ways to vote in DC: Absentee Ballot, Early Voting, or Election Day Voting. Check out the DC Board of Elections Voter Guide to see your options and all of the candidates and issues on the 2012 DC ballot.)
David Stephenson said:
I love the hustle & bustle of Election Day, so I won’t be joining you. Thanks for the link to the New Yorker endorsement: eloquent case for Obama. After I vote? Will spend the day making calls for Obama: I’m blown away by the sophistication of their GOTV program — hopefully Mitty can’t match it!
Brian "Stabach" Steinbach said:
Ah, but what are your endorsements for city council at large? I distrust Michael Brown but do not know enought about challengers (I assume Orange is a sure thing).
I vote two weeks ago…..I’d much prefer going to the polls but I will be out of town. I too voted for Obama, and in my state, the Democratic ticket. This is too important an election to leave to chance. Romney is retro, Obama, has a different level of consciousness (see Ken Wilbur)….and I, like Richard, which he was more liberal, don’t see an alternative.
His Lordship, The Duke of Brooklyn said:
Thanks for sharing this news, you Pinko, Liberal, Commie!
Richard Margolies said:
I read your explanation also about why you voted for the President which highlights fairness, a value we share with him. I think another important reason to support him is he has a vision of the US as a high-tech, advanced manufacturing, sustainable-energy economy which educates the workforce skilled to work in that way.
Romney is not really a businessman at all (he hasn’t started or run businesses), and doesn’t understand or advocate that future-based economy. He’s a financier who buys, leverages, and flips companies and sucks out profit for himself and his friends.
Romney’s values are in the 50s, both in terms of people (flex time, binders of women), and in terms of his view of the economy. Although he wouldn’t use the government as Eisenhower, a Republican, did to build infrastructure (the Interstate Highway system). That is what going Forward instead of Back means from an economic standpoint. Romney is a marketing personality without a vision of the future. The President is a visionary personality with a vision of an advanced economy which engages the workforce in new work.
I can’t agree with you more on who to vote.
Land Wayland said:
Half the people in life believe the past was better than today and we should go back to that Golden Age and half believe that it is the future that will be better and will create a Golden Age and we should be eager to get there. They both agree on only one thing and that is that the present age is tough and often unbearable and is an Iron Age (hard and inflexible). They rarely talk to each other let alone comprehend what the other is saying.
Each view tries to pull or push the world into a different reality while those with opposing views perform the essential function of putting on the brakes so that change, as it does occur, does so in small increments that is barely acceptable to both sides.
Romney is sincere and truly does believe that the 1950’s and 60’s were an ideal time when everyone worshiped on Saturday or Sunday, all parents were married and lived in homes they were buying, mothers stayed home, cleaned house and fixed dinner, fathers worked at the same job for years and mowed the lawn on Saturday, boys played baseball and went camping with the Boy Scouts and girls were Brownies or Campfire Girls and practiced the piano.
The fact that the world today is quite different from 50 years ago is Romney’s tragedy; he is a man born out of his time and he is both bewildered and angry at having arrived at the party late.
Nancy Cedar Wilson said:
I thoroughly enjoyed the above commentary! For me, Obama has not lost his panache, but far more than that–he has dealt amazingly well with an almost impossible series of national crises–somewhere there is a list of all he has accomplished in his 4 years, which is considerable, given the ‘do-nothing’ Congress he has had to deal with, or around!
I see it as a no-brainer, a condition, which, unfortunately, alot of our fellow Americans seem to be suffering from! Far more important than almost anything is to consider what will happen to the Supreme Court if Romney wins!