As a conservative Republican in New York State, I have long understood my vote doesn’t matter. Yes, Reagan won the Empire State back in 1984, however it is quite clear that unless the entire lower tier of the state were to sink in the ocean, we Republicans do not matter statewide. The same is true for liberals in Texas, unless by a freak accident Austin were to withstand an alien invasion that destroyed the rest of Texas, a liberal Democrat’s vote does not matter. So this election, perhaps due to my youth, political naiveté, or apathy to the entire political system, I am voting 3rd party.
If you a resident in any state except for New Hampshire, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Mexico, Michigan or Maine, please understand that your election has already been decided; your vote does not matter. If you happen to live in one of the states previously mentioned by all means, vote the traditional way and make a decision for the rest of the country.
However, being a conservative first and a Republican second, I cannot vote for Mitt Romney in good conscience. He is not a conservative, no matter how many times Ann Coulter or any other conservative pundit may tell me he is. Without breaking into a diatribe of his record or speeches… a liberal, a moderate and a conservative walk into a bar, the bartender says, “hey Mitt”. The humor is valid because the truth is well known. The Republican party is only a viable political party when it is instilled with values, when it campaigns with candidates that do not have intrinsic values it is as useful as a 1992 Sony Walkman.
President Obama is not hope and change; he is a cesspool of polls, interest groups, and large donors. He is the type of man who states we cannot go back to the failed policies of George Bush but has launched more aggressive military action than Dick Cheney ever dreamed of. He is a man who states he going against greedy corporations, but he signs into law legislation that benefits and is lobbied by big corporations, such as Philip Morris’ efforts to lobby for the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. He is a man who will play to the lowest common denominator for votes and campaign donations.