Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 18, 2011, 7:34 p.m. EST by AmericanExpat
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I guess this as good of a time as any, so here goes:
I voted for Obama in '08- I cried as I let out a sigh of relief, looking forward to the change he had promised. Today, I could not feel more disillusioned (but for OWS, so thank you Occupiers of Wall St. and around the world).
Now, I was in NY for a brief time the last couple of weeks (I live in Austria currently, but am from NY), and I went to the Oct. 5 march, and there I protested and was standing next to a young man with a guy (fawks? i dont know how you spell it) mask on the back of his head. I heard him say, "Well, I'm voting for Obama... [I don't really like him but] it's the only responsible thing to do." Up until I heard this man say that, I thought the same. But since I heard that, I kept thinking, is it? And is that really the only choice I have? I have joined AmericansElect (although, I have my paranoia about them as well), and I have listened to others talk about Ron Paul at Liberty Plaza, and finally I saw the republican debate. Now I am just really stuck and I have no idea. I am not considering Cain, Perry, Romney, etc. I AM NOT LOOKING FOR ANYONE TO TELL ME WHAT MY CHOICE SHOULD BE. I want to ask what everyone thinks about next year's election. Actually, what I really want to ask and am beating around the bush asking, is would it be crazy to vote for Ron Paul, even though I am NOT a libertarian? I am in fact more of a socialist... however, what I really want is change, a new paradigm, even if it means going against my typical political standing. Paul seems to want to regulate the financial system more than anything (for example audit the federal reserve), he wants to localize government... these thing are making a lot of sense to me, and I cannot take another let-down like Obama or I am really going to lose my last shred of hope in the USA and the possibility of returning to it to start a family. What do you guys think?