Did we do the right thing?

After any big decision, many of us ask this question.  And after such a staggeringly important decision as electing the next President of the United States of America, we might wish to do some reflection after either the joy of victory or the pain of disappointment (whichever is applicable to you) is gone.  Granted, this question will answer itself after four years or so.  But it’s easy to answer in hindsight, and foresight with even a modicum of accuracy is a rare gift indeed.

For those of you who voted in the US Election, do you feel that it is ethically/morally justifiable to cast a vote in support of either John McCain or Barack Obama, both of whom quite knowingly lied about the nature of their opponent’s plans, both of whom are members of parties that have a long history of misappropriating taxpayer funds, both of whom made promises that they would be unable to keep?

I certainly don’t think so.  But maybe you do, because apparently a rather large percentage of Americans cast a vote for one of the two.  So I ask for your thoughts.

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13 Responses to Did we do the right thing?

  1. Anonymous says:

    this may again become the age of the samurai in the gardens of the overlords after some time…the weapons though aren’t swords, they are mass movement generators that do not require people at all, thusly, even controlling people at some point is only a concern of the overclass to keep them from taking their “spoils”…I believe when George Sr. made his famous 1,000 points of light speech and said we are in a new world order, he was not kidding…just took another twelve years to come to fruition…however, that has begun and even the media are almost openly making it known that Obama is the “first Global American President”…it is a transition we will all be corraled into…to say anything else would cause people to possibly pay you a “visit”…

  2. This is a refreshing post.
    All the other political posts out there right now are what you would expect. A lot of whimpering from the “losing side”…. a lot of celebration from the “winning side” and neither side is above insulting or degrading each other to prove points.
    I don’t think there is a “winner” in all of this unless we can all sit back and agree to disagree, move on, and work hard together to do what we can for the sake of our country.
    I’m also a little saddened by the fact that too many people (on both sides… and of all skin colors) are saying it was racist not to vote for Obama.  Are they losing touch with what is important??    People should vote for the person who can do best for the country…   despite what they look like on the outside.

  3. Anonymous says:

    WOW, I have heard that race thing too… I voted what I thought to be the best for my own conscience, however now that you ask this question, maybe I did do the wrong thing. I guess in 4 years it will play out. Diane

  4. RogierFvV says:

    well, making a choice is one thing, keeping your wits about you is quite another. There was the same kind of adulation about Kennedy, but not too much of that has stood the test of time.

  5. Nous_Apeiron says:

    @RogierFvV – Quite true. Kennedy was very much a charismatic figure who had great promise, but managed to be so thoroughly human and flawed.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It is America’s favorite pastime to criticize, attack, and belittle the current president when he does not meet our high and glorified expectations. The role and responsibility of president is rather daunting but just might be exhilarating for Obama.

  7. possums_rock says:

    Meh, all politicians are liars, with that said, most just vote for the more charismatic liar. Obama had that in his favor, and McCain had Palin against him.

  8. Alyxandri says:

    sometimes it is necessary to vote for the lesser of the two evils. voting for a 3rd-party candidate would be the same as not voting at all.
    idk. sometimes I think it would be easier if there were no political parties whatsoever. they overcomplicate things and limit our choices. I would be happy if there were four major candidates who were not affiliated with any party.

  9. Nous_Apeiron says:

    @Alyxandri – I’ll agree with you that it would be nice to have multiple candidates without party affiliation, for a lot of reasons.But I’d like to challenge the notion of voting for the lesser of the evils. The reason that voting third party has become a throwaway vote is that we are afraid of letting the party we despise to a greater degree win. In essence, we ally with the velociraptor against the tyrannosaurus. But when we do that, we are stuck with a velociraptor. Fortunately, as voters we are in a position of strength that we would not have against an actual velociraptor or tyrannosaurus. I say this because both of the parties would crumble if voters stopped supporting them en masse. You, along with other Americans, can put a stop to the corruption and lies by not supporting those who engage in such activities. Once that was done, you and other Americans could support principled candidates and run yourselves if such could not be found. What it comes down to is that We The People are too apathetic to make the kind of radical change that could give us the kind of government we want. It is not that we must vote for the lesser of the evils, but that we are content to do so.

  10. It is sad that we had to choose between two evils. But I think the American people chose the lesser evil. It is hard for any third party candidates to be considered in any American election because of our bi-partisan political system.

  11. Angaerin says:

    @JalapenoCol – “What it comes down to is that We The People are too apathetic to make the kind of radical change that could give us the kind of government we want.”And yet, don’t those who refuse to vote become accused of that very thing, apathy? I spose it would be true if they didn’t vote out of laziness rather than principle. But, you should see the related post I wrote on the subject of the presidency for my full answer to your original question: http://www.xanga.com/Angaerin/681422973/it-might-just-be-me.html

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