This nice quote from Tony-award winning playwright Doug Wright flying around the internets today sums up the argument for Obama quite nicely:
”I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say, ‘My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.’ It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you ‘disagree’ with your candidate on these issues.”
Frankly I would expand on the subtext of this message. The Republican Party did in fact used to have a larger point about the importance of free market capitalism, constrained public spending, and the importance of “classically liberal” social policies. However those days ended the second that history’s greatest monster, Ronald Reagan, became the face of the party of Lincoln.
Today the party that once defiantly stood for the end of this country’s greatest shame, and did so by facilitating our greatest triumph over the evil idea of states rights, is now sadly the party of outright white supremacy and (ironically given their religious opining) unbridled inhumane greed.
Unless you are someone who believes in your heart that straight white men are an oppressed group of people in this country, and that the wealth should be redistributed in order to serve the interests of those who are already extremely well off, there is no reason to vote Republican. Unless you believe that the profits of a company are tantamount to the health of this planet, you should not vote Republican. Unless you believe that this country should exist as a theocracy, you should note vote Republican.
In 2012 the choice is between a flawed but well intentioned political party, and an organization bent on using their dwindling power in order to exact as much cruelty on those whom they see as sub-human. If you disagree with that assessment, enjoy justifying your vote to you grandkids.