I supported Obama, avidly and strongly, in 2008.
He has successfully lost me.
The reasons are multitude:
He continued the egregious and illegal anti-terrorist tactics developed and pursued by the criminal Bush Administration, though admittedly, he did 'end' torture - and, he never pursued prosecution of the Criminal Triumvirate, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld (plus Woo), who are all guilty of crimes against humanity. He has escalated drone attacks, resulting in numerous civilian deaths, and escalated illegal incursions into sovereign Pakistani territory, committing cold blooded murder at his direction.
He continues trying to appear 'Tough' on Military Issues, unnecessarily saber rattling and voicing threats against Iran and North Korea - when realistically, neither of these countries poses anywhere near the threat that BOTH the USSR and China posed, during the 60's, 70's, 80's ...and even now. The leaderships in both countries are rational, interested in survival, and understand that any attack on the United States, or its allies - notably Israel, which illegally has its own nuclear arsenal, would result in overwhelming retaliation. He continues the ill-considered support for the Zionist expansionist state of Israel, in spite of their continued illegal occupation and annexation of Palestinian land - sort of akin to Germany absorbing the Sudetenland, just prior to WWII.
He gave up, far too early, on the concept of a One Payer Health System, resulting instead in a Sausage System, and never clearly enunciating to a confused (and too often, ignorant) American Public, the numerous discreet ways in which it would be to their combined and individual benefit; only the college educated can grasp it, if they're paying attention.
He caved in, repeatedly, to the Tea Party Terrorists and their Republican running dogs, instead of waking up, smelling the coffee, and realizing he was being played by an intransigent, irresponsible group of zealots who never had the best interests of the country at heart, only their intent on discrediting him to retake the White House.
He has continued to pander to Wall Street and the Banks, with no criminal investigation, yet, of the absolute fraud and criminality that were involved in bringing the economy to its knees, ruining millions of peoples' lives, while enrichening the very criminals that caused it.
He has not moved to legalize gay marriage, recognize the rights of gay couples under federal law, or end DOMA which is an example of bigotry at its worst. Marriage is not only a Religious sacrament - it is also a CIVIL ceremony, and should be available to all.
He refuses to consider legalizing and regulating drugs - the only real way that drug use in this nation is ever going to be brought under control, and which could also offer millions it dollars, if not billions, to the federal treasury.
He has not yet moved to reform immigration.
He continues the ridiculous embargo against Cuba.
For all these reasons, and probably more, if I had unlimited time in which to remember them, Obama has lost me. If there were someone further Left, I'd vote for them if they had a realistic chance in a primary. I do not want to support Obama, again.
Unfortunately, the Republicans leave me no choice. The vision that they offer of America makes my Blood run COLD.