"Sooooo...yeah...it makes no #ing sense for someone who is liberally minded to vote for Ron Paul. Yes, Ron Paul as president can not alone affect
changes to institutions and ideals liberals hold dear...no president, alone, can do that. Yes yes...I know...I get it. I #ing STUDIED constitutional
law. I understannnnnd, man. But (as we've seen with this current administration) is that she/he can certainly affect the landscape deeply enough
that those changes do happen. Do you need any further example than the nomination of two extremely right-wing Supreme Court Justices that will be
around and voting when your kids have kids? Yeah...didn't think so. But here's another: agencies and rule changes. Look no further than the EPA,
who has its head appointed by the president and whose rules change with the political wind every time a new president is elected (I really believe
that agency heads should be elected positions because of this profound political influence a new administration has on the agencies, but I digress).
Look at the changes made to (read: erosion of) air quality standards & water quality standards, the rule change that allowed the EPA to decide if new
pesticides would harm endangered species without consulting with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, increased
logging in our national parks (Dept. of Interior), etc. So yeah...a president (and their administration), no matter who he or she is, can have a
profound impact on our lives. So don't sell me that "Ron Paul can't alone do those things" line of bull#, because I'm not buying it.
Now, I am not going on this rant because I fear Ron Paul. I don't. Snowball's chance, and that jazz. The reason I am going on this rant is
because it pisses me off to no end that people can so blindly decide to vote for someone just because of sound bytes they hear, without knowing what
is really going on and what the candidate really stands for. Do a little bit more research on the candidate, no matter your political views and no
matter their party. There are a lot of people that consider themselves true-blue "democrats" (whoever the # THEY are any more...but that's another
story), and would still go out and vote for Lieberman just because it has a "D" next to his name on the ballot. There are fiscal conservatives who
actually voted for Bush the second go round for the same reasons (LOL...egg on your face, bitches!). And so on, and so forth. This, of course,
doesn't just pertain to presidential politics, but your local politicians too. They can actually affect your personal landscape more immediately and
importantly at times than your president, and locally is where your vote concretely makes an impact (especially with so few people actually voting
these days). Just...please...DO A LITTLE BIT OF RESEARCH on these people before blindly supporting them. And if you find someone you really like,
actively campaign for them, work on getting them elected, etc. Your vote ain't enough."
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