"Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 10:04am
I voted my conscience this election. I refused to vote out of fear.
I refused to vote for a candidate who supported big coal, big nuclear.
I refused to vote for a candidate who advocated permanent military bases in Iraq.
I refused to vote for a candidate who supported Faith-Based initiatives.
I refused to vote for a candidate who has received millions of dollars from hedge fund managers and wall street speculators.
I refused to vote for a candidate who approved Telecom Immunity, overturning my 4th amendment rights.
I refused to vote for a candidate who supports the Neo-Con foreign policy of "First Strike Defense."
I refused to vote for a candidate who authorized and reauthorized the USAPATRIOT act.
I refused to vote for a candidate who supports NAFTA or the WTO, because I want to bring American jobs back home.
I refused to vote for a candidate who has repeatedly funded the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I voted for a candidate who supports full marriage equality for all Americans.
I voted for a candidate who supports a humble non-interventionist foreign policy.
I voted for a candidate whose platform I believed in 100%.
I didn't vote for Obama. I couldn't have if I wanted to do any of the above.
I voted "Third-Party." I knew my candidate was going to lose, and I voted as I did because I refused to compromise my personal platform.
And the sky didn't fall.
In fact, Obama won in a landslide, just like all the polls predicted.
He won all four of Maine's 4 electoral votes, just as the polls predicted.
But did you win?
That remains to be seen. Now is the time that we must pay even greater attention and follow policy with ever increasing scrutiny.
Voting is not the end of your responsibilities as a citizen... it's only the beginning.
Now is the time that we need to shift our focus from the Presidency to the Legislative branch-- where the real power is. They have the ability to legislate. We need to start an active citizen lobby if we're going to change the course in Washington.
Prepare to be disappointed in Obama's policies, and prepare to work harder than ever for the things you believe in."
Damn it, I hate being right about this stuff. -- The Punk Patriot
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