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Thu Oct 18, 2012, 08:44 PM

Daniel Ellsberg: Defeat Romney, Without Illusions about Obama

It is urgently important to prevent a Republican administration under Romney/Ryan from taking office in January 2013.

The election is now just weeks away, and I want to urge those whose values are generally in line with mine -- progressives, especially activists -- to make this goal one of your priorities during this period.


Romney and Obama exchange fingers in Tuesday night's debate. (Reuters)
An activist colleague recently said to me: “I hear you’re supporting Obama.”

I was startled, and took offense. “Supporting Obama? Me?!”

“I lose no opportunity publicly,” I told him angrily, to identify Obama as a tool of Wall Street, a man who’s decriminalized torture and is still complicit in it, a drone assassin, someone who’s launched an unconstitutional war, supports kidnapping and indefinite detention without trial, and has prosecuted more whistleblowers like myself than all previous presidents put together. “Would you call that support?”

My friend said, “But on Democracy Now you urged people in swing states to vote for him! How could you say that? I don’t live in a swing state, but I will not and could not vote for Obama under any circumstances.”

Full Story here: http://laborspains.blogspot.com/2012/10/it-is-urgently-important-to-prevent.html

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 08:49 PM

1. Right ON!!

My answer was: a Romney/Ryan administration would be no better -- no different -- on any of the serious offenses I just mentioned or anything else, and it would be much worse, even catastrophically worse, on a number of other important issues: attacking Iran, Supreme Court appointments, the economy, women’s reproductive rights, health coverage, safety net, climate change, green energy, the environment.

I told him: “I don’t ‘support Obama.’ I oppose the current Republican Party. This is not a contest between Barack Obama and a progressive candidate. The voters in a handful or a dozen close-fought swing states are going to determine whether Mitt Romney and Paul Ryanare going to wield great political power for four, maybe eight years, or not.”

As Noam Chomsky said recently, “The Republican organization today is extremely dangerous, not just to this country, but to the world. It’s worth expending some effort to prevent their rise to power, without sowing illusions about the Democratic alternatives.”
Following that logic, he’s said to an interviewer what my friend heard me say to Amy Goodman: “If I were a person in a swing state, I’d vote against Romney/Ryan, which means voting for Obama because there is no other choice.”


I would add the economy and yes, I will vote for Obama for all the same reasons. Daniel is a patriot and a hero.

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 08:56 PM

2. Well said!

 

One of the best reads I've seen in a LONG, long time. Thank you for the post.

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 09:39 PM

3. Three words suffice: "bush" "on" "steroids" (n/t)

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:24 PM

4. yep. nt.

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