After two long years of election coverage I can see why Democrats and Republicans love their presidential candidate. Both Obama and Romney are obviously intelligent, each seem to be devout family men, both are excellent speakers, and each have a resume anyone would be proud of.
The part that bothers me though is that devout party members seem to ignore their candidate’s flaws and mistakes. Can a responsible voter really put the blinders up and pretend their candidate is perfect? Here are three quick things I rarely hear party loyalists seriously discuss.
If there is one issue both candidates agree on it is the use of Drones. One one hand I understand. Drones keep American’s out of harms way and give us the capability of launching strikes and gathering intelligence at a distance; however, in many ways the use of drones makes it to easy and guilt free to take a life.
When killing feels a lot like a video game its hard to take responsibility or feel remorse for your actions. I’d argue that is dangerous.
After the multiple reports of Drone Double Taps (a second bombing targeting first responders to initial drone attacks) the situation becomes even more distasteful. I’d like to hear both candidates discuss this during the debates.
NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act):
Obama signed into law the NDAA in December 2011. The most controversial part authorizes indefinite military detention without charge or trial. That includes military charges brought upon US citizens.
Doesn’t this portion of the bill have a large potential for abuse?
Most “Obama-care hating Republicans” seem to have completely forgotten about Romneycare. Governor Romney essentially implemented Obamacare at the state level – now he claims Obamacare is a horrible and evil thing.
For me this calls into question Romney’s lack of consistency during the entire election cycle. What does Romney really believe? Where does he really stand? Can anyone decipher what he says for political gain versus what he honestly believes? I can’t and I wish more Republicans would call him out for it.
The Benghazi “Riot” Lies:
You probably heard about a US ambassador being murdered during riots on September 11th of this year. The Obama administration claimed these riots were caused by an Anti-Muslim youtube video that went viral. That has been proven false again and again.
What’s more is that a recent article by Reuters even found evidence the administration knew this to be false before airing the story to the public. It was actually an apparently preventable terrorist attack left ignored. Why was that not brought up in the debate and why is the media remaining virtually silent about it?
People planning to vote for Obama should demand answers.
The National Deficit:
Both Obama and Romney claim to be taking the national deficit seriously; however, Obama is only adding to it and Romney can’t give any details on how he plans to reduce it. This is probably the biggest joke of the election and the biggest lie propagated by both parties.
If neither party plans on actually doing a thing about the national debt then they should just say so. Democrats should demand Obama’s budget reduce the deficit and Republicans supporters should force Romney to painstakingly outline how his plan will reduce the deficit on a line by line basis.
If both candidates continue to lie while avoiding the details – neither of them deserve our vote.