So what are we supposed to do then? Because the way I see it, a vote for a third-party right now is pretty much the same as a vote for the greater of two evils.
It’s very difficult to say. I believe that everyone should do what suits themselves best with their own vote, as ultimately, that’s as much of a voice as you get in deciding how your government will work for you.
You’re right in saying that taking a vote from Barack Obama is, in effect, aiding Mitt Romney, because most of the folks who vote third party in this election likely voted for him in 2008. (If they voted at all.)
However, Barack Obama has offended my conscience as an American. After promising us a departure from Bush-era policies, he made them worse. Guantanamo hasn’t been closed, but expanded, and Obama himself has signed off on immunity for those who kill when torturing so-called ‘detainees’. (And we learned via Wikileaks that said detaines include the mentally disabled, elderly, and children.) Obama has made it explicitly legal to murder anyone, including American citizens, extrajudicially. He signed off personally on indefinite imprisonment without trial.
If Hu Jintao were doing the same things to us that we do to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq, we’d call him a war criminal. Fortunately for Barack Obama, it is America that controls the world, so his crimes (really, our crimes) are unaccounted for.
I know that most of the folks who will vote for Obama in November find these things just as atrocious as I do, and if you can see past it and vote for Obama, that’s your prerogative. I personally wish I knew how to mobilize these voters to elect a third-party candidate.