Maxdancona, I had previously written my enemy’s enemies can only remain my friends until they also turn against me. Obama and my Democratic congressman have demonstrated more concern for Blue Dog Democrats and Republicans rather than for the political positions that I hold. I do not fault Obama and legislators such as my congressman for not delivering complete victory; they’ve acquiesced and surrendered too much rather than negotiating for the best acceptable deal. Continuing such tepid support perpetuates net defeats for what I advocate.
You responded by writing “But assuming you have opinions or concerns about real issues like protecting abortion rights or repealing don't ask don't tell. These are issues where who is in Congress, and which party controls congress matters.
If you care about real issues such as these then voting for a third party is idiotic”.
I do have opinions or concerns about real economic issues. Neither the Republican nor the Democratic parties are representing most of my primary economic views. Specifically I’m a proponent of an Import Certificate specific trade proposal.
[Refer to the topic “Reduce the trade deficit; increase GDP & median wage”].
My confidence in that proposal is to the extent that I would give my vote to any devils if I believed they would strive, (I cannot expect my senators or representative alone to succeed, but I need reason to believe they will strive) to effectively reduce our global trade deficit and thus increase our GDP and median wage.
I’m a New Jersey Voter. In 2010 I voted for the Green Party candidate to indicate my dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party. I’ll do it again this year.
Democrats did not confront the Republican Party on the floors of either congressional houses with regard to the federal budget. Before the 2010 elections Democrats had so little confidence in USA voters that they feared confronting Republicans with regard to taxes and spending. It’s been said that 80% of any job is showing up ready to work. Democrats deserved the 2010 defeat they suffered.
Failure is acceptable. Seldom has anything significant been achieved without encountering failures along the way. Failure to show up and strive IS UNACCEPTABLE!
In aggregate the Democratic Party is still failing to show up and do their job. They cannot force Republicans to negotiate in good faith or prevent them from filibusting, but they can force Republicans to take responsibility for their obstructionist activities.
New Jersey is not a swing state. If my votes for Green Party candidates in 2012 should deny the White House to Democrats, so be it. If it has come to that, then I’ll accept it. I suppose I would vote differently if I were a swing state voter.