So, Barack Obama has chosen senator Joe Biden as his running mate. He now has absolutely no chance of getting my vote (the only other candidate, at this point, with less chance of getting my vote is McCain). Before any of you start blasting me by saying that Biden is a good VP candidate, make sure you know who you're supporting here.
Biden's track record for privacy, freedom, and national security has been dodgy at best. He has long been an advocate for the RIAA and MPAA (you know, the same people that are prosecuting 12 year old kids and innocent grandmothers for alleged music piracy). He drafted, in 1995, after the Oklahoma City bombing, a bill that essentially became the Patriot Act. In fact, when the original Patriot Act was passed into law, Biden claimed that he had written the exact same document in 1995 - and he had. Finally, Biden is poison for privacy. Phil Zimmerman, the creator of PGP, wrote and released PGP free of charge because of several of the anti-privacy bills that Biden was pushing at the time. Biden has since been an advocate of domestic spying, forcing technology companies to place governmental back doors into their "secure" products, and many attempts to completely ban encrypted data in electronic transactions (how many of you would do any online shopping or banking if SSL was banned, and every transaction you made left all of your personal information (including social security numbers, credit card numbers, PIN codes, etc) open for viewing by anyone who so chose to do it?).
Yes, this is the Joe Biden that Mr. Change himself is nominating as his VP. Bringing the "talents" of someone like Biden into office won't bring about change - unless that change happens to be the removal of the few freedoms we have left.
To recap, on one side, we have a highly charismatic candidate, touting change as his primary platform, with a thinly veiled fascist as a VP candidate. On the other side, we have an aging war veteran who is displaying symptoms of advanced PTSD and early Alzheimer's, who is so disconnected from the average American that he cannot even remember how many houses he owns.
Thank [insert your deity of choice] that there is still the option to write in a vote for Ron Paul. That's what I'm doing this year.
Fuck the Republicans. Fuck the Democrats. Fuck all of the bi-partisan bickering and the rush towards complete NAZI-esque fascism. I still believe in the Constitution. I still believe in the Declaration of Independence. I still believe in the Bill of Rights. Apparently our government no longer does.