Why I’m Voting to Re-Elect Barack Obama

Why I’m Voting to Re-Elect Barack Obama
Via:- Charles Johnson

I have to admit I’m making a deliberate effort to ignore the political world today, at least more than usual. I made up my mind a long time ago to vote for Barack Obama, and against anyone the Republican Party put up. I don’t agree with everything Obama has done, but overall he’s achieved quite a bit in his first term, despite ferocious and often deranged opposition from Republicans, and deserves a second term as much as any President I’ve ever seen.

The GOP is a serious danger to the future of this country The Republican Party … well, if you’ve been reading the site for the past couple of years you know what I think about them. They’re lost in cloud cuckoo land in so many ways and on so many levels, there’s just no doubt that they represent a serious danger to the future prosperity of this country — not just for their magical thinking on economics, but in their denial of many areas of modern science (based on either religious fanaticism or cynical political calculation for personal profit), their continuing, relentless attempts to roll back progress on women’s reproductive rights, and the shockingly prevalent racism and xenophobia that have bubbled up to the surface in a highly disturbing way since the election of our first black President.

At this point, it’s not even really about Mitt Romney, although he’s an especially cynical example of the Republican brand. Nobody the GOP could prop up and nominate would ever convince me to vote for a Republican in the foreseeable future, because of what the party as a whole represents: reactionary paranoia, manifesting as authoritarian rule whenever they gain power.

In my life, I’ve voted twice for Republican presidents, and Democrats every other time — and the second time I voted for a Republican (John McCain) it was with grave misgivings.

I’ll have no misgivings at all about casting my vote for Barack Obama.

Right Wing’s Manufactured ‘Voter Fraud’ Hysterics

This week in the War on Voting: Manufacturing ‘voter fraud

by Joan McCarter

vote fraud graph

From the DNC’s Protecting the Vote site.

Man, the Right is shameless. Following in the footsteps of James O’Keefe, another Republican operative tried to commit voter fraud in order to prove voter fraud exists.

First came this sensational story out of New Mexico.

An Albuquerque man says he successfully registered his dog to vote in Bernalillo County.The dog owner said he saw a voter registration booth on the University of New Mexico’s campus a few weeks ago and decided to see how easy it would be to register his dog to vote.

He said he was trying to expose the problems with the registration system.  He said he just received the dog’s voter registration card in the mail Wednesday, and it was way too easy.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 contacted the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office.  They said state law does not require proof of your social, your date of birth, or even your name.  But they said what this man did is voter fraud.

And, of course, that “dog owner” who was just “trying to expose the problems with the registration system” is Thomas Tolbert, husband of Heather Wade. Who just happens to be a senior staffer from Republican Heather Wilson‘s U.S. Senate campaign. Go figure.

Another Republican proves that the only problem this country has with voter fraud is the fraud manufactured by Republicans to justify their voter suppression efforts.

For more of the week’s news, make the jump below the fold