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Forum Post: Your Opinion 2012

Posted 3 years ago on Oct. 18, 2011, 7:34 p.m. EST by AmericanExpat (13)
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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?

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[-] 1 points by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD 3 years ago

I think whomever is "put" into office will be a puppet. The last 9 presidents were; so I wouldn't expect a change.

I invite you to review this plan - and imagine the possibilities. http://www.osixs.org/Rev2_menu_commonsense.aspx

[-] 1 points by Roadrunner1986 (1) 3 years ago

With regards to the Republican candidates, he is definitely the one who breaks the mold and will probably end up voting for him. You can tell with Fox News' lack of coverage of him! :)

if you like Ron Paul, check out the recent SNL with Anna Faris, great reference to Ron Paul!

[-] 1 points by AmericanExpat (13) 3 years ago

By the way, preemptively, I am aware that the whole system is broken, and who will be elected in 2012 is not the only thing that matters. Whoever is elected will need the support of congress, and that, as we have seen, is a very real problem. I am just curious.

[-] 0 points by Misguided (373) 3 years ago

I think Paul is a good choice. One reason I like him is that you know what you will be getting. The man has a consistent record in congress. If you find one or two changes of position I would be surprised over the 20 years or so he's been there. He seems to be the real deal and an honest man which don't seem to come along often in politics but I'm sure I didn't have to tell you that.

[-] 1 points by AmericanExpat (13) 3 years ago

That is one thing I like about him, and I did know that. However, consistency only has to last up until election day.

[-] 1 points by Misguided (373) 3 years ago

True but after 20 odd years of service why change now? It's not like his stances have benefited him to this point.