Let me explain.
To begin with, voting against Obama - voting for someone merely to keep Obama from winning - is putting yourself on the defensive, instead of taking an offensive (i.e., proactive) stance. When your opponent puts you on the defensive, they have won the argument. Why? Because you can't gain ground from a defensive position.
Voting for Romney just to oppose Obama, instead of supporting a good candidate, is like Martin van Buren telling Joseph Smith, who was appealing for relief from the persecution of the Saints, “Your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you. … If I take up for you I shall lose the vote of Missouri.” (Source) Instead of focusing on what was right, he had to make sure no one else got that Missouri vote. He placed political expediency before the rights of his fellow men. Instead of supporting what was right and just, he sought personal interests.
We must be sure that our actions are always in the positive. Remember Pres. Hinckley's counsel to "stand for something." (Source) Notice he didn't advise us to stand against, or in opposition to, something. Because that gets you nowhere. Merely keeping our enemies from advancing does not advance our own cause. True, we must oppose evil, but it is what we stand for that gets us somewhere.
Secondly, how will a good man ever win the Presidency if we continually insist that we must only make a choice from two bad ones? This is a popular false premise, frequently repeated in the media. The best advice I have heard on this issue is:
"Good, wise, and honest people do not vote for the best bad choice."
-- Jim Noorlander (Source)
Instead, we should find someone we support, and put our efforts behind them! It is amazing what good people can accomplish when other good people get behind them! Keep in mind that we do NOT have a "two-party system." This is a lie to reinforce the false set of choices. There are other parties and other candidates. Find one you actually agree with. Better yet, find a set of principles you believe in, and support others who agree with your principles. Better than that, read the Constitution, and find someone who support its principles.
Third, don't worry about how other people are voting. Just stand for what's right. As with the prophet Elisha, you will always be correct, even if there are only two of you. (2 Kgs. 6:16)
"I will always maintain a true principle, even if I stand alone in it.”
-- Joseph Smith (Source)
Fourth, ask yourself: Who selects the two people they insist you must choose from? "But it comes from polling data," you say. Can polls be manipulated? If I take the poll, and I count the results, and I declare the winner... should there be any cause for concern here? I'll let you figure that out on your own. Of course, you could always read this:
It is the job of the polling companies to mold and shape public opinion... Much of what we read in the newspapers or see on television has first been cleared by the polling companies... This is called "public opinion making."
One of the most respected of all pollsters is... Daniel Yankelovich, of the company, Yankelovich, Skelly, and White. Yankelovich is proud of telling his students that polling is a tool to change public opinion.
-- Conspirators' Heirarchy: The Story of the Committee of 300, by Dr. John Coleman, as quoted in Hiding in Plain Sight, by Ken Bowers, emphasis in original.The next time you hear someone insist that you must choose between two political candidates, ask them for facts to back up their assertion. They probably will have opinions, but very little facts. The truth is, if our votes count for anything, then it is truly anyone's game until all the votes get counted! So why not vote for someone you believe in?
Listen, don't be manipulated. Remember:
- Stand for something! Not against.
- Be principled! Take the Constitution as your guide.
- Don't be afraid to stand for what's right! God is on your side!
- Ignore the polls and other attempts to secretly manipulate you. Think for yourself.
Disclaimer: I do not in any way, shape, or form, endorse Obama for President. Go wash your mouth out with soap.