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I'm underwhelmed with Obama and nauseated by Romney.

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You are scaring me.

I feel completely alienated and isolated from this election.

I care deeply, and yet I don't care because no one cares about me. I cannot stand both candidates the "Big Two" parties have offered us. It's just amazing to me how differently I'm feeling about this election versus '08 when I supported and voted for Obama. I'm disgusted and repulsed by our lopsided merry-go-round political system, where if you don't agree with the Donkeys or the Elephants and/or subscribe to theism, you are irrelevant. I feel ignored, frustrated, and disenfranchised by politicians and the news media who prefer empty rhetoric to problem solving. I'm incensed by the disregard for our Constitution, big government bullying, the cheapening of our currency, the trampling of our civil liberties by fear mongerers, the intrusion into our personal lives by the religious right, and the bullshit of having our military stationed everywhere as glorified babysitters. I'm annoyed as hell with the current state of our country, and most depressingly I don't see it getting better any time soon. I certainly don't with these candidates, who in my opinion, as a libertarian independent, are two sides of the same coin presented in slightly different packaging. When I focus on it for too long, I become so infuriated that I want to punch a hole in the wall. At this point I don't think I can adequately convey just how much I despise the Democrats and Republicans. Every election we run back and forth from one party to the other and does it ever occur to anyone that we should try something else? I probably won't participate much in discussions regarding the election. I know who I'm voting for and it ain't Romney or Obama. I'm utterly disinterested in the "official" sham debates until Johnson and other candidates are let in. In '04 and '08 I watched every debate and took them seriously. Hell, I even remember the Gore/Bush debates from before I could vote. I laugh at that version of myself now.

If the President were white, this election would be shoe-in for him. Now, I will grant you that not all on the right are racists. But, I submit, all racists are on the right.

Yes Jonathan I agree there is racism on both sides. We can't make sweeping generalizations - generalizations about people are not factual.

Maybe. But among the tea party types it is open and virulent. It's almost like a badge of honor with them. And, it's being passed on, under coded talk such as "Obama is a Muslim," "food stamp President," etc., by those in Washington and in elected office, as though it's an acceptable form of a policy position. Yes, blacks will vote for the President just because he's black. But what I don't hear in the public discourse from those voters on the left is something like, "the brother gonna get us all the free shit." On the other hand, I hear this exact thing coming openly and proudly from the right.

"saving the auto industryP

use taxpayer money to prop up bloated industries. Smart. Politically that is.

I'm from the government, I'm here to help you.

It's too bad the GOP doesn't actually support free markets, it might have done some good.
"The problem with third party is it can help elect the worst choice. "

This is what the party bosses DEPEND on. The voters are too scared to bolt, so they suck up whatever the party dishes out. Grow a FREAKIN spine folks! If you continue to vote for crap, that's what you'll get.

That is one thing the Tea party did right (regardless of their ideas). They stood up to the party. They voted against the party. They scared the hell out of the party bosses about losing control. Until you get the courage to take risks, NOTHING will happen.

What are voters scared of?

I agree.  Voting for the lesser of two evils only results in continuing evil. 

But not voting may leave you with the greater of two evils.

You are right on the money, jay. I've turned blue in the face trying to explain this to people. Most of the people I know voting for Obama or Romney don't even like them, but are convinced that they're the only "real" choices. They're miserable.

We've forgotten that voting should be a form of self-expression. I vote to express myself, not to pick the winning horse.

I trust Obama and I wanna hit Romney in the .... with his binder of women.  I wish we could do something to outlaw/stop deceptive ads by all candidates and fine them for perpetuating the lies and twists. I would love more caught on camera moments of the candidates like the one about the 47% of Romney.  I am so tried of the mailers and commercials living here in Virginia. It is all just BS. I would love to see them forbidden from talking about each other and only allowed to talk about themselves. PLUS have a cap on how much they can get to run a campaign and where they can get the money from.  

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