I’ve made my decision. I’m voting for Jill Stein in November, not Barack Obama. I’m well aware that more than likely Obama is going to win. I’m voting for the candidate whose views I have the most in common with, same reason I backed Obama back in 2008. Since his election, Barack Obama has compromised or downright turned his back on some of his initial stances/policies. Also, Barack Obama, as with many politicians, has been unflinchingly supportive of Israel and their actions and notoriously silent in regards to their actions. In 2008 I had to ignore his stance on that issue.
Before I used to believe that voting “third party” was throwing away a vote. I completely disagree now. I want to vote for the candidate I agree, not the candidate that I think is going to win. I don’t want my vote to just be part of the “in crowd.” I want to stand up for my ideals and my views.
I believe my vote does count and I am going to make my vote count. My vote will count by staying true to my views and voting my conscience. I refuse to just go along with the bi-partisan parade marching to the tune of “Anyone but Obama” or “Vote Obama. At least he’s not Mitt Romney.”
Here is a good list of Jill Stein’s stances on the issues: http://www.ontheissues.org/Jill_Stein.htm