Lola spent a lot of time and thought on her decision to endorse Mitt Romney. Was it well reasoned or merely rationalized?
Who can say?
Lola and I are internet friends – we have never met in real life. But we have been acquaintances for several years now. I believe her heart is in the right place and her intentions are good. I have absolutely no reason to suspect she is anything other than she claims to be.
I live in a blue state so I don’t have to choose between Obama and Romney. I can sit back knowing my vote won’t matter. I’m an idealist wrapped in the armor of cynicism. Each election I long for a hero but ultimately find myself trying to choose the lesser of two evils.
But I cannot gainsay anyone who votes their heart after careful contemplation. What more can we ask of someone?
As for “left” and “right,” they don’t seem to have much meaning anymore. For many people they are not ideologies, they are partisan identifiers.
There are a lot of reasons you can base your voting decisions on. Ideology is just one. You could base your vote on character, competence, experience, race, gender, party loyalty and/or religion. You could choose based on a single issue or on how the candidates stand on a combination of issues. Some reasons are better than others. You can cast your vote for which candidate is the coolest or smartest. You can take the advice of a person you trust or rely on your children or some celebrity to make the choice for you.
Lose your illusions. All candidates are human and therefore imperfect. You have to take the good with the bad, just make sure the good significantly outweighs the bad.
To me the three most important issues to base a vote on are character and competence. Ideology is important but it’s only a factor if the candidate passes the first two tests. Barack Obama has failed both of them.
In the past I chose party first and ideology second. Never again will I vote for a party. Four years ago I cast my vote for McCain/Palin. I have never felt a moment of regret or shame for that vote.
It wasn’t the choice I wanted, it was the only choice I had.