Voting is the best revenge

@Rollo1 (16676)
Boston, Massachusetts
November 3, 2012 8:00am CST
Yes, that's what Obama told supporters at a rally. Vote out of revenge. But what sort of revenge can the voters take on Mitt Romney? He hasn't been in charge of the nation for the last four years. He isn't responsible for the failed economic policies or for the failed foreign policies. No, Obama wants revenge. Revenge against all his critics, revenge against those who point out his failures. We've gone from vote for "hope and change" to vote for revenge. Is this the way a president should speak? If the voters vote out of revenge, there is only one person against whom they may feel vengeful. And that's the man who has transformed America into what she is today. Perhaps they should vote out of revenge, after all.
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@dragon54u (31184)
• United States
3 Nov 12
I listened on the radio--I had no choice, all stations carried it!--as Obama spoke at a high school in my town yesterday. I don't recall that phrase, perhaps it was a one time thing. But I'm surprised at it because the speech I heard was almost word for word what I've heard at all his other speeches--the rich have to pay more, he's fighting for the people, he killed Bin Ladin, blah, blah, blah, same old thing speech after speech. The fact that he deviated from the standard script is surprising to me. And using the word "revenge" should convince any thinking person that this man is not someone we want in the WH. Unfortunately, the people I saw surrounding the prez in my town appeared not like thinking people but robots that cheered at the right time and booed at the right time (when Romney was mentioned, so that he could say "don't boo--vote!").
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@Rollo1 (16676)
• Boston, Massachusetts
3 Nov 12
"don't boo--vote!" That's exactly when he said it. He said, don't boo, vote - voting is the best revenge. But there's no revenge to be taken against someone who hasn't done anything yet. It's a deviation from the speech, then. Again, a time where O shouldn't have gone off-script. But those unscripted moments are where we see the real Obama. I don't think it's an appealing character who likens voting to revenge.
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@matersfish (6311)
• United States
3 Nov 12
Not surprised. Only surprised there haven't been more of these instances. I remember Obama trying to rally folks in 2010, by claiming that Republicans are Latinos' enemies, so they need to vote against said enemy. He was given a pass for that. He's been given a pass for everything. Only a few days away, I still can't convince myself that he won't be given a pass for the past four years. As long as it took media to effect change; they couldn't do it with Gore, they couldn't do it with Kerry. They're doing nothing to cloud the waters from here until Obama's a distant memory. And there's no way he's held accountable for a tone like this, outside of people who won't be voting for him anyway.
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@bagarad (7656)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Nov 12
Maybe I should apologize for what I said in the last square. Perhaps you were being sarcastic and I missed it. I'm sorry.
• United States
4 Nov 12
No problem. I've been on a new kick for the past couple of weeks. I like repeating back what I'm told about Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Republicans in general. Only I cut out the supposed details about the "why" and just give the end result that they're so eager to get across. So once you eliminate all the purpose prose that cloaks it, it's more entertaining to read that Mitt Romney and all Republicans are: Bigots, racists, women-haters, children-haters, warmongers, greedmongers, heartless, evil, stupid, fake, etc. Basically, the reason people are supposed to vote for Obama over Romney is that anyone who isn't a Democrat is a bad, evil, wrongheaded person undeserving of love or respect. Sometimes it's dressed up a little more, hence the details giving the "why," but the end result is what's important to get out there. Ah. You gotta love civility.
• United States
4 Nov 12
"Purple" prose sounds better, but purpose works I reckon.
@Metatronik (5899)
• Pasay, Philippines
3 Nov 12
My friend told me that Romney is a kind of person who only wants to target the rich people.
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• United States
3 Nov 12
Well, let's be fair about Romney. He not only loves rich people, but he hates poor people, kids, fake yellow birds, learning, women, minorities, men with only one wife, and anything that's different. He's evil.
• United States
5 Nov 12
That doesn't even make sense. Romney isn't any of those things. What makes him evil? Did you forget to take your meds today?
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
4 Nov 12
President Obama has been taking revenge on those who oppose him. Look at the Auto Bailout the Union members lost very little, non union people lost their job, their pensions and took the most in wage cuts, the bond holders lost almost all they had loaned the auto companies while the Union got control of the company. maybe the bond holder and non union members should vote their revenge. Maybe the oil workers in the Gulf should vote their revenge. What about the Coal miners in PA, OH and WV should they vote their revenge? Should the workers who would have had jobs on the Keystone Pipeline vote their revenge? The President is right there are a lot of people who could vote their revenge by voting for America. People should vote for who they think is best for America. Most important is to vote.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
3 Nov 12
I suspect Obama, not living in the real world, wants te people in charge be what is shown on TV where the African American s the boss or supervisor. He also wants everyone to be holden to him for their livelihood and so anyone who is in favour of government handouts will vote for the man who promised them pie in the sky. That pie in the sky leads to another factor. If one wants a bigger piece, some other person should be eliminated and that leads to abortion. The less children, the more handout to him. So the women who believe choice means just abortion will vote fo Obama. And do not forget the union leaders and the teachers who should have been laid off. These will be his revenge. The rest of America's revenge, those who work hard, those who do not expect something for nothing, those who believe advancement should be by merit not race or gender preference, those who believe in traditional family will also come out to vote for Romney and that will be their revenge. It depends on your point of view. Are you a leech or a worker?
• United States
3 Nov 12
That sounds like a comment that could easily back fire as I know way more people up set, disappointed and down right angry for the way Obama has handled the last 4 years. SOmewhere whole hearted supporters of him and are no longer!
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@mensab (4208)
• Philippines
3 Nov 12
voting is the way citizens are able to send their voices to the politicians who make decisions on important matters concerning and affecting the citizens. whether the politicians perform well or not, their fate is in the hands of the voters. taking revenge is one way of punishing the non-performing politicians or those that vote contrary to the citizens' will. obama is not in a good position to speak about voting as a revenge.
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@else22 (4319)
• India
3 Nov 12
So far as the ensuing presidential election in the USA is concerned,I have been unable to reach a conclusion who of the two candidates would be good for our country.Here in our country,India,also the present dispensation may collapse anytime this year or the next year.I have decided to take revenge on the present ruling party and will vote against them.
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@millertime (1398)
• United States
4 Nov 12
Sounds like a very vindictive statement to me. It's so nice that he wants people to tap into their worst emotions when it comes to exercising the very thing that makes this country great, voting. Yeah people, draw on your rancor and hatred and go out and vote to get revenge. That's what America is all about, right? Well, maybe in Obama's America. Hmmm, is this just another glimpse into his true nature? What a guy...
@bagarad (7656)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Nov 12
Revenge won't make me vote for anyone. I already have voted, and my vote was to help save my country from a man I believe would like to reduce it to a shadow of what it has been and what the founders intended it to be. True patriots are governed by love of their country, not revenge.