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Kelvin Mace

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An open letter to folks like myself who cannot in good conscience vote for Obama

Note: I would ask that the pro-Obama folk refrain from insulting me until they have actually read what I am saying here.Thanks!.

Dear distraught fellow progressive:

If you are like me, the last four years have been a time of frustration, anger and sadness. Despite all the promises from Candidate Obama about "hope and change", President Obama, for whatever reason, failed to make significant changes on a variety of issues of moral imperative.

Rather than argue these points (yet again) and suffer accusations of being, at best, "naive" and at worst, a "secret Romney shill", I wish to suggest a means of resolving the issue ethically to (hopefully) everyone's satisfaction.

All other issues aside, the only hope Romney has of winning this election is by voter suppression, both "legal" and illegal. In my own state of North Carolina, a Tea Party corporation masquerading as a "non-partisan, non-profit" group protecting our election process from "fraud" tried to have 30,000 voters purged from the rolls, claiming that these people were dead. This forced our state board of election to waste time, money and resources disproving their idiotic claim.

(For more on this story, watch this RMS story)


Obviously more of this tactic is taking place, and more is on the way.

The right of a citizen to vote is sacrosanct and the worst thing any other person can do is negate that right. No matter what our point of view, we should be allowed to vote for whom we please.

With this in mind, I have decided that I shall cast a vote for President Obama as a proxy for some person who will be denied that right by corporate sponsored goons, religious zealots, and anti-democratic political groups.

This is my choice, and one made after much soul-searching. I do not exhort anyone else to do what I am doing, but I do ask that they consider my reasoning.

And for those people who have been quite vociferous in their opinion of people like me who had planned to abstain from voting for President Obama as a matter of ethical/moral objection, please be as strident in pressing the President back to doing what is right, not what is expedient, should he win the election.

I hope this proposal will resolve this very contentious issue between myself and some of my fellow liberals.

Most respectfully proposed,

David Allen (Not Skinner)
aka Kelvin Mace
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