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Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-15-08 10:37 AM
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13. Can you vote for a man who put this out in his name? Vote for Kucinich
Edited on Tue Jan-15-08 11:06 AM by Strawman
This is Ron Paul:

After much deliberation, including whether or not to participate at all, I voted for Kucinich for two basic reasons despite my reservations about his poorly run campaign:

1)He has earned my vote because of his positions on the war, health care, and basic issues of economic fairness.
He has earned the vote based on his conststent principled opposition to a war that is wrong in principle. He didn't change his mind later on, he didn't oppose it when his opposition was inconsequential and then endorse Joe Lieberman when it mattered. Beyond that he is not an isolationist like Ron Paul. He advocates a policy of actively promoting world peace. There is an affirmative, activist component to his foreign policy. It's not pure xenophobia and disengagement like Paul.

He has earned my vote because he endorses a single payer health care system, the best, fairest option to ensure that all Americans have access to quality medical care without having to go bankrupt when they get sick.

He has earned my vote by being one of the few candidates who think that we need to cut defense spending rather than continue to feed the beast that is the military industrial complex. It is out of control.

He doesn't back down one inch from the idea that rich motherfuckers ought to pay their fair share of taxes through a progressive federal income tax, unlike Ron Paul. These rich bastards in the top .01% have seen their incomes increase exponentially while for 80% of the country real wages have stagnated since 1970.

2) Strategically, it is of little cost to vote for him even though I know he won't win. If everyone were involved, I would choose between Obama and Edwards, but I'd rather send a delegate to the convention who is a DK supporter than anyone else. And if they don't seat his delegates, at least I have denied Hillary a delegate which is what would be accomplished by voting uncommitted. And I don't think this will go to the convention undecided, so the whole delegate thing is probably irrelevant anyway.

I voted to signal my preferences to whomever might be listening (realistically that probably means nobody) and to reward the candidate who has earned in based on his stance on the issues. With no strategic cost to that vote, it seemed the best option. Besides that, it felt pretty damn good.
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