[T]he question, I think, that people have got to ask themselves when they get into that booth is not what Obama has become, but what have we become? That is, what's left of our values if we vote for a person that we believe has shielded war crimes or violated due process or implemented authoritarian powers. It's not enough to say, "Yeah, he did all those things, but I really like what he did with the National Park System."
In the end, that's what this election is about for me. I've written before, countless times, that the problem with voting for Obama, and the Democrats who support him, is that voting for them means that we will continue to go the direction we are going. The direction we are going is toward becoming an authoritarian country with a Third World economy.
Tiresome little douches like this guy can keep talking about how voting for a third party is pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking, but this is actually the reason that they're tiresome little douches. The only thing that is clearly wishful thinking is to think that continuing to vote for corrupt or ineffective leaders like the ones the Democrats offer is going to result in anything but what we've been getting, which is screwed. I may not get what I want voting third party, but I know the one sure way of not getting what I want is to not vote for it.
When you vote for a politician, he has done his job as well for you as he needs to. He has no reason to do any more for you than he already has. Maybe progressives will learn this lesson one day, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
(h/t Libby Liberal at Corrente.)