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A Short Guide to Principled Voting (Or: Why Itís OK to Vote for Romney)
Principles & Policy ^

Posted on 07/10/2012 1:36:01 PM PDT by Sark

One of the most frustrating statements for a politically involved person to hear is: “I don’t care about politics, I never vote. They’re all liars/crooks.” This may be partially true, but it’s certainly not universally true. Most politicians have good intentions and are good people in their own right, even in Washington. Nearly all of them believe that they’re striving for the common good. For a democratic republic, the United States federal government isn’t actually very corrupt.

Still, this raises an important question. How should you decide whom to vote for? Do you vote for the morally-dubious person that you mostly agree with on the issues? What about the guy who strikes you as a perfect candidate, but who’s polling in the single digits the week before the election? What if you don’t like either of the candidates, but one of them appears marginally better than the other? Should you cast a “protest” vote for a third-party candidate, or is that really just “throwing away your vote?” In short, how do you cast a principled vote?

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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: barackobama; mittromney; presidentialrace; ronpaul
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1 posted on 07/10/2012 1:36:09 PM PDT by Sark
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To: Sark
What don't they understand that we're not voting for Romney, we're voting against Obama?
2 posted on 07/10/2012 1:40:37 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Sark
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3 posted on 07/10/2012 1:41:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Maybe, just maybe Romney will go ahead and nominate someone conservatives can get behind.

Like ... PALIN.

:D


4 posted on 07/10/2012 1:43:00 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: wastedyears
What don't they understand that we're not voting for Romney, we're voting against Obama?

That's not what your ballot will say. There's no line there for "against Obama".

Look, I get that there are those who will vote for the lesser of two evils. But don't call it what it's not. It's a vote for Romney.

5 posted on 07/10/2012 1:48:53 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: Sark
Most politicians have good intentions and are good people in their own right, even in Washington. Nearly all of them believe that they’re striving for the common good. For a democratic republic, the United States federal government isn’t actually very corrupt.

You don't really believe that do you? We have our government laundering money through "Green Energy" corporations back into Democrat Party coffer, smuggling arms into a neighboring country in an effort to curtail a Constitutional Right, protecting vote fraud, etc. And this clown thinks they are "striving for the common good" and that Federal government "isn't actually very corrupt?"

Go ahead. Tell me another.
6 posted on 07/10/2012 1:49:01 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: wastedyears
What don't they understand that we're not voting for Romney, we're voting against Obama?

Factually untrue, self-deluding, fig leaf.

7 posted on 07/10/2012 1:50:00 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (A Choice, not an Etch-A-Sketch. TomHoefling.com)
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To: Sark

For God’s sake we better do something. We are stuck with the worst candidate in history going against the worst President in history.....Heck what a choice. Romney and Obama are identical in beliefs. One year ago, Romney was ranked dead last in the rankings of Presidential candidates that we wanted. Now, suddenly people (liberal Republicans) are slobbering over themselves with glee. This is 100 percent a worse election than 2008....2008, I was at least happy that McCain served in the Navy. This completely sucks!!!!! I am not happy one bit and will let everyone know daily until we kick Romney to the curb at the convention!!!! It must be done for the United States of America!!!!!!!


8 posted on 07/10/2012 1:53:41 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Sark
I'll put a question to a question...

In Iraq, before the US got rid of Saddam, everyone was forced to vote for the establishment, but at least you knew if you didn't you might get put in a torture chamber...what is your excuse for caving in on your principles and voting for establishment, big government, liberal A or establishment, big government,liberal B?

9 posted on 07/10/2012 1:53:59 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
The GOP is laughing at conservatives and have no intent of ever nominating one.

"I and a lot of Republicans I know won't vote for a tea party guy," said attorney David Zacks of Bloomfield Hills, strolling past the expensive boutique shops of downtown Birmingham with his son during a recent lunch hour.

This is from Mitt's Michigan stronghold around Detroit. These are the kind of people who call us puritans after years of one way compromise from us. Franklin had some great advice that they should heed. They may as well hang with the democrats.
10 posted on 07/10/2012 1:54:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Michigan is a toss-up state.

A lot of union representation. Yet it (could) go GOP.

I’d say, put up with the whining union people this time around. They’re on our side for the time being.

Let them be.


11 posted on 07/10/2012 1:58:17 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
I’d say, put up with the whining union people this time around. They’re on our side for the time being.

So like the last time and the time before that. You can stop pissing on my leg any time now.
12 posted on 07/10/2012 2:07:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

That’s an incredible meme.


13 posted on 07/10/2012 2:08:24 PM PDT by Sark
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To: EternalVigilance

If you want to hold your vote in protest, go right ahead.


14 posted on 07/10/2012 2:08:30 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Sark

Here’s another.

Moderates are lying, manipulative, bottom feeding scum who don’t have the courage to tell us they don’t want our votes.


15 posted on 07/10/2012 2:14:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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16 posted on 07/10/2012 2:16:14 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: Sark
Don’t just take their rhetoric at face value, do a bit of investigating to see if their voting record matches their words (if they’ve held office before).
[...] There are serious differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney on important political principles and policy matters, and Romney is unquestionably the more conservative of the pair.

This guy didn't take his own advice.

17 posted on 07/10/2012 2:18:18 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: Sark
Hey hey HEY! We of FR are working hard to defeat Romney in November! And don't forget it again, RINO-lover! /s, if I need it...
18 posted on 07/10/2012 2:24:26 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Romney Sucks. Mutiny Now, or something.)
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To: wastedyears

Huh?


19 posted on 07/10/2012 2:26:32 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (A Choice, not an Etch-A-Sketch. TomHoefling.com)
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To: cripplecreek

Detroit and Dearborn.....muslim captials of the US.... more’s the shame


20 posted on 07/10/2012 2:31:42 PM PDT by Nifster
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