Vote Your Conscience - Updated
Vote your conscience (or not at all), and may Cthulu have mercy on our souls.
Regarding what will happen, one of the two legacy parties' candidates will win. We know this. While there isn't a thin film of spit difference between either of these deeply damaged, evil people, either by temperment or policy on the domestic front, and on the vast majority of the empire enterprise, I'm personally persuaded there is a difference that is worth pointing out. It is my personal opinion that Obama has been, and is, determined to avoid a war with Iran, and has been and therefore will be more likely to continue, to restrain those in Israel who would trigger that war. This isn't a moral stand on his part, certainly, but I think it is a practical calculation by his administration that it would be a disaster.
That Benjamin Netanyahu also believes this about Obama and Romney is evidence enough for me, even if one doesn't agree on the rest of the evidence out there.
Will Obama continue his drone campaign, killing hundreds/thousands? Yes, the same as Romney will, so that is a terrible, and unavoidable, reality which will happen regardless*, but a war with Iran would kill hundreds of thousands, maybe even more than just millions. Most of them brown people....
I didn't vote for Obama in 2008, I didn't vote for either legacy candidate, I had zero illusions about Obama, and still don't. But I have to be honest that while I don't know what I will do until I'm in the booth, I'm reasonably certain that this time I will have to vote for Obama as a vote against war with Iran.
I don't presume my vote means much. My reasoning for this action is if Romney is elected and doesn't prevent the war I fear, I will never feel good about my "purity". Maybe not having voted for Obama the first time, and therefore not feeling burned by him, makes it possible for me to do vote for him (or more specifically, against Romney) this time. Don't know, hard to say. The fact he will only be around four years doesn't hurt.
My guess is not many here agree. Which is fine, I'm not going to judge your actions. By the same consideration I would appreciate not being judged either, but I wouldn't be honest if I wasn't... honest. I just think it is worth detailing the tine on Morton's Fork on which I'm choosing to impale myself, and my reasons for doing so.
Good luck, because yeah, either way, both these guys are going to fuck us, the thin film of spit is lube.
So again, vote your conscience (or not at all), and may Cthulu have mercy on our souls.
UPDATE: Not everyone is in the position to take the absolute moral stand Silber has taken. Am I supporting the murder of innocent human beings? In Silber's view, by voting for one of these candidates, or if voting third party, in the long run since I would therefore be lending my tacit support for a system which murders innocent human beings, by that measure, then yes, I guess I am. However, while it is true that the only "free" choice given us is to remove our participation from the system, that is only the "free" choice of the Hobson variety: take the horse closest the door or no horse. We aren't really "free" because an unavoidable result will be imposed on us regardless of what we choose. So, realistically, it would be exactly analagous to another conundrum: Sophie's Choice. If I am voting for Obama in order, in my belief, to prevent a war with Iran (given that one of these two people WILL be ruling us), am I voting for murder? By saving one, did Sophie agree to murdering the other? It's a formulation that puts all the onus on the one who is least in control of the outcome. So while I respect that viewpoint, I also reject it.
* I'm not minimizing it, it's a fact I have no control over.