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Skepticism Concerning Tomorrow's Election

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By Jacob Prahlow
Posted Nov 5, 2012 in Politics
So I thought I'd offer a few thoughts on the eve of the upcoming Presidential election. If you didn't know that the 2012 Presidential Election tomorrow, then I would recommend you change the rock that you've been hiding under (but wait until Wednesday to turn your TV or radio on). Tomorrow's election pits Incumbent Democrat Barack H. Obama versus Republican challenger Mitt Romney and a host of various small/third party candidates. Though I am currently living in North Carolina as a graduate student, I remain a legal resident of Michigan. Thus, I voted several weeks ago in the absentee fashion for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, though not without some reservations.
First, I have always been somewhat skeptical of the doctrine of the 'lesser of two evils' in voting for general elections. My practical theory has always been to vote my conscience in primary elections and then vote for the lesser of the (generally) two viable candidates in the general election. I understand the arguments for only voting for the two 'major' candidates in a national election, but I continue to experience a certain amount of angst in voting for someone who isn't my first choice (or second, or third, or...) for President. There's something unsettling about settling on a decision that we're constantly told is of the utmost importance.
I have real concerns about Mitt Romney. I'm concerned about his track record on healthcare, fiscal sanity, abortion, and how he's going to handle the military. I simply cannot handle another big government Republican who runs on one platform and governs from another. The economy is the big question in this election. If you doubt that, look at recent Obama campaign information-- unemployment is the lowest in years; gas prices are the lowest in years; we're always hearing about the economy growing, albeit, slowly-- does anyone think that this is rally coincidence? A sane look at the looming fiscal cliff should be enough to scare anyone into deficit and budget slashing all around. And yes, that includes certain military cuts. I'm not recommending that we slash and burn the US military budget. But we cannot make it exempt from cuts. Government waster is everywhere. This voter wants it fixed.
Tomorrow's election will dictate a the posture that this nation will assume towards a variety of issues over the next four years. Can a candidate of change reverse the direction that our country is heading? I hope so, though I am increasingly skeptical of that position. I cannot trust a candidate who tells me one things during a campaign and then governs against those positions. Four years ago, I gave President Obama a chance to show me that he could govern our nation and reverse eight years of damage done by our former president. I have been sorely disappointed. If Mitt Romney is elected, he will likewise get the chance to show me that he can do what he is promising. Only time will tell if he can indeed move our country toward stable financial footing. And I certainly hope that however wins tomorrow can prove my skepticism wrong.
This was originally posted on jprahlow.blospot.com on November 5, 2012

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