5 Reasons Why You Might Want to Vote for Barack Obama

Note: This is part two of a three-part series that will cover reasons that a voter may choose to support a specific presidential candidate. Part 3 for Gary Johnson will be online tomorrow. Part 1 for Mitt Romney is available here.

I never thought I’d be writing a post of reasons why someone should vote for Barack Obama, but I’ve given it some thought and have found that even though Obama has zero chance of getting my vote in November, there are some reasons voting for him might make sense. He won’t get my vote, but maybe he’s the guy for you. Here are some reasons you might want to vote for him.

You believe a Democrat victory is all that matters.

If you think Democrats are generally “for the people” and that Republicans are generally “against the people,” you’re wrong. (They’re both usually against the people.) But if you think that the Democrats are the good guys, you don’t have much of a decision to make. Vote Obama, and hope for the best.

You want division between the executive and legislative branches of government.

If the latter years of the Bush presidency proved anything, it’s that leaving one party in charge of the House, Senate, and White House is a recipe for runaway government. The GOP is going to keep the House in November and is expected to gain good ground in the Senate. If Obama is pushing for big government, Republicans will oppose it; but if Romney is pushing big government, Republicans will (for the most part) be cheering him all the way. Dividing government is a sure way to stall the erosion of freedom.

You and Obama are the same color.

I’ll be honest with you: this is the worst reason you could possibly support a politician. I know we still see color in America, but we shouldn’t. His skin color doesn’t make him any better or any worse than any other candidate. His political views and his accomplishments in office define his qualification for office. Use this reason if you want, but just remember that choosing a candidate based on race is racism. And racism is at the height of ignorance.

You think Obama should be allowed to finish what he started.

We heard this one with Bush in 2004. I’m all for letting someone finish a job they’ve started, but if they are obviously not doing a good job, it’s time to move on. I’ve tried to cut him some slack on this one because he certainly did inherit a mess from Bush, but at some point his woes have to be his own problem. Unemployment is high, job creation is low, and we’re still at war all around the world. But maybe you think he needs another 4 years.

You think Obama is the right guy for the job.

Maybe you’ve read his campaign literature and heard his speeches and have come to the conclusion that all of this mess we’re in is the Republicans’ fault and that we need to do everything he says, exactly as he says it. Raise taxes, have government grow to create jobs, run up a higher deficit. If you’re convinced that’s the way to go, you should vote for him. But before you do, I’d like to suggest a little light reading.

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