Originally Posted by Fusion
Regarding your point, what exactly would you have the self-righteous liberals do? Not voting for Obama is in essence a vote for Romney. If enough liberals abstain in a close election (which this election surely will be), it will allow Romney to win. We all know that a Republican President will not only continue the Bush era policies like the Patriot Act, but will likely expand them. How does that help the liberal cause?
As has Obama already, tbh. The war on whistleblowers and infosec, additional surveillance powers, extra-judicial killings, all of these things are practiced on a scale much greater than those under Bush. Forget nebulous concepts like the liberal cause, etc. his record on stuff like that in the past 4 years is terrible.
The default assumption seems to be that Romney is a worse choice for all concerned but on the above list, short of the declaration of martial law and the enacting of an East-German-like police state, it's hard to imagine a world where anyone
could have done any worse. For all the good that's occurred under his watch, there's a heck of a lot of bad and 'But the other guys is worse' doesn't cut it, especially since many seem apt to use it as a club to shut down debate.