Talk about a depressing race. Yeah, we guess Democrat incumbent Barack Obama has done an okay job, but to think that we have to overlook a miserable eight percent unemployment rate, the prolonging of the unwinnable war in Afghanistan, the absolutely unconstitutional targeting of American suspected terrorists by drone missiles, the mindless prosecution of the Drug War and a massive increase in spying against Americans by the National Security Agency. Then there’s Republican Mitt Romney, who’s a member of that feudal clique of rich guys who have somehow convinced themselves that government spending that benefits poor people is immoral and the best thing we can all do is lower their (the rich peoples’) tax rates, which are already pretty low, historically. The bonus with him is that we doubt he’s ever truly believed in anything, beyond that which might increase his share of wealth and power.
Look, if you want to waste your vote on one of these jokers, go for it. It’s still sorta a free country. But there are other legitimate candidates out there advocating actual platforms that reflect real issues affecting Americans. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, wants to end the Drug War, the war in Afghanistan and the whole federal government’s incessant spying on American citizens (to say nothing of those beyond unconstitutional drone attacks). Of course, he also wants to do away with Obama’s health care reform (the incumbent’s only real plus, though it is fairly weak by our standards). That’s why we’re throwing our inconsiderable weight behind Green Party candidate Jill Stein. She pretty much agrees with Johnson on the Drug War and national security stuff, but she wants more health care reform, not less.
See all of MauiTime‘s election endorsements (including state constitution and county charter amendments) in tomorrow’s edition.