Now I'm sure many of you heard this expression or maybe even said it yourselves about a candidate for the 2012 elections whose name is not Mitt Romney. This is a powerful sentiment, because if you look at it realistically, it's the sacrifice of your vote, your only power as a citizen in the election, for your ideal candidate. And yes, your vote is sacrificed, not counted. Look at all the crap that would need to be done for Ron Paul supporters to even have their say in the election. Over 47 million people would have to join together to have their say. That's not the effort of one or two semi-cultist political movements, that's the work of almost one third of this country's still-voting populace. If he had that many people backing him during primaries, he would have been the guy running against Obama.
And yet, the option still stands theoretically. To give up your possibly well-thought-out vote in favor of a guy you still honestly believe was right for the job, but has next to no chance with or without your support. Let's say you supported a guy like this. Would you take the dive for them rather than whom you see as the lesser of two evils (Obama vs. Romney)? Is it patriotic to do so, or just impractical? Heck, would you consider this kind of thinking a flaw in the idea of a democratic republic?
I haven't been around to see many elections in my life, but I wonder how many times this has come up in the past. The fraction of my generation that cares enough to vote has people who will opt out for somebody they would give one of their rights as a citizen for: the right to vote.
Note: This topic mentions Ron Paul but is NOT about whether or not you supported/resent him. He is merely the best current example of a candidate whose voters still believe strongly enough that they'll submit written ballots in their name after they've been knocked out of the running.
Second note: Yes, Ron Paul is old news. Again, this topic is not about any one person. But feel free to cite him as your example when stating your opinion, if you prefer.