Romney or Obama: Does who wins really matter?

The media claim that the two candidates vying for the White House represent two different ideologies and different directions for our nation. They're wrong.

WEST CHESTER, PA, July 9, 2012 – America will be presented with two major candidates in the 2012 presidential election, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The media and many political pundits claim that the two candidates vying for the White House represent two different ideologies and different directions for our nation.  

Americans are being given the illusion of choice. Many believe that they have a choice between the two major candidates, and that they must vote for either one or the other candidate. But the reality of the situation is that there is no difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama on the issues.

When Barack Obama ran for President in 2008, he ran as the “peace candidate” and promised to end the war in Iraq. Near the end of his first term, Obama maintains an American presence in Iraq with a massive embassy and several thousand troops and contractors.

Obama has shown no signs of wanting to seriously draw down American forces from Afghanistan, continues to bomb Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, has attacked Libya, and maintains 45 military bases around Iran.

If elected, Mitt Romney has shown no signs of wanting to adopt a more humble foreign policy. Romney is being advised on foreign policy issues by many prominent neoconservatives and individuals who have pushed for our current foreign policy.  

These advisors include: Robert Kagan, who founded the Project for a New American Century (PNAC); Elliot Cohen, who was a member of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq that pushed vigorously for an attack on Iraq in 2002; Eric Edelman, a former aide to Vice President Cheney who wrote a piece in “Foreign Affairs” declaring that the United States will either have to attack Iran or otherwise contain its nuclear weapons program, a program which Iran denies exists as do all of the U.S.’s 16 intelligence agencies.  

If Romney is elected and his warmongering advisors are appointed to his cabinet, the chance that we will expand our current war efforts and prosecute new ones looms large.

The Obama Administration has continued and expanded the assaults on our liberties that the Bush Administration started. President Obama has pushed Congress to renew the Patriot Act, has continued the raids on marijuana dispensaries, has assassinated American citizens, and signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which allows the President to indefinitely detain anyone that he chooses - including American citizens - into law.

Romney has approved the extension of the Patriot Act and praised Obama’s assassination of American-born cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki and his sixteen year old son.

At a Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, when Romney was asked if he would sign the NDAA, he said he would have done so, a reply that drew boos from the crowd. The former Massachusetts Governor likewise supports the continued attack on medical marijuana.

During the last presidential cycle, a medical marijuana user asked Romney if he would be arrested if he used medical marijuana. Romney responded that he didn’t support the use of medical marijuana, and when pressed if he would arrest the individual who asked the question, Romney responded that he had answered the individual’s questions and moved on.

The loss of our liberties and the move toward a totalitarian police state will continue if either Romney or Obama is elected.

The issue of healthcare is where Americans can best see the similarities between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. This is largely due to the fact that Obama’s healthcare plan is based upon the Massachusetts model put into effect by then-Governor Romney.

Romney has said numerous times on the campaign trail that he will repeal Obama’s healthcare plan and replace it with his own plan. What would the Romney replacement plan entail? How unique a plan could be expected when most points that the former Governor offers are exactly the same as President Obama’s healthcare plan, as recently upheld by the Supreme Court?  

If Romney is fortunate enough to oust President Obama from the White House, it is doubtful that he will repeal Obama’s healthcare plan; if he does manage its abolition, it will almost certainly involve a surrogate design of greater corporatism and more socialized medicine.

During this election, it does not matter whether President Obama or former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is elected because nothing will change. The wars will continue and expand, more of our liberties will be lost moving us toward a police state, and we will have a continued assault on the free market that will plunge us further into economic despair.

Southwestern University School of Law professor Butler Shaffer has correctly pointed out that the Republicans and Democrats are two wings of the same bird of prey. We must try our best to inject the message of liberty for all to hear, and make others realize there is an alternative to the statist’s message in both the Republican and Democratic parties.

We can move toward a free society, and the first step to that solution is rejecting candidates who adhere to the state.   


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Kevin Kelly is currently a college student majoring in History and Political Science. His writings have appeared in The Daily Local, Lew Rockwell.com’s blog, The Washington Times, Antiwar.com, and Freedom’s Phoenix Online Digital Magazine. He has been a popular guest political contributor to numerous national radio shows across the country, offering his perspective on a wide array of issues. 

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