In 2008, there was no choice, the Republicans had to go and whoever the Democrats put up was going to win.
In 2012, it was pretty much the same although it seemed that the GOP had no idea they were going to lose. Women's rights had been too much of an issue with me for me to support anyone but the Democrats. But on that note, I live in California so it doesn't matter which election it is, the Democrats will be holding the state.
I believe in the people, and never more so than in 2012 when they resoundingly voted against the insanity that is the GOP. I believe in affordable healthcare for all, good education for all, a safety net for when people lose their jobs, retirement funds, people not losing their homes because of bank greed and because Wall St like gambling.
Obama defended women's rights and I appreciate that. Obama did something towards fixing healthcare - how good the solution is, is possibly debatable. But I say its a start because the healthcare system was dire in the US. I think he did something about college debt and he did a few things to stimulate the economy for average Americans but I haven't heard how successful his plans for people with underwater mortgages worked with banks.
Unfortunately Obama had his hands tied behind his back most of the time by the GOP. The GOP believed Clinton when he said 'Its the economy, stupid'. The GOP believed the people have the attention span of gnats and thought we couldn't see them hamstringing Obama while demanding endless cuts while refusing to raise taxes.
Beyond the reality issues that the GOP are dealing with, they have some serious internal issues. Libertarians are seriously feeling under whelmed about being represented by the GOP. Apparently, Romney's choice of Paul Ryan, his nod towards libertarians, was as insulting as MacCains choice of Palin was for most women in 2008. (In my opinion, I wasn't insulted by Palin despite being totally unwilling to vote for her - true equality will be when all women can express whatever opinion they choose - and respected as any man can express whatever opinion he chooses.)
To cut a long story short, GOP are writing themselves off for the 2016 election too, with serious splits within their own party, and a belligerent disrespect for reality. They gutted the US economy while W was in office with dropping tax rates, oil subsidies and pork barrelling all their cronies, they started 2 wars, one totally illegally, then there was the patriot act and TSA, torture...
So isn't it time we start asking Obama for some of those things he promised us?
I would ask for the wars to stop. He didn't start the wars, I know that. A plan to get out of Afghanistan would be excellent.
An end of drones.
And an end to the war on terror including TSA, NDAA and patriot act.
Throw some of these Wall St dudes in jail. I am so sorry Obama didn't throw Bush and Cheney in prison, as it would have restored the credibility of the US if Obama had done that.
End the war on drugs.
Stop messing with other countries.
Protect social security.
Isn't it time we started fixing America?