Tuesday, November 6, 2012
On being a Blue Girl in a Red State....
Yesterday, I exercised my civic duty and blessed right as a citizen of this great country... I voted. I did this knowing full well that my state would go to Romney, and that while my vote may have been symbolic...to me it was very important to make my voice heard.
My car has been broken for nearly two weeks, so my son and I walked to the polling place. My son is 15, and I wanted him to see how it works, and to see that every vote counts. Plus, it was a gorgeous fall day!
People have stated over and over again that this election was going to be about the jobs and the economy and not about social issues.... For me, personally, this election was totally about social issues.
People seem so quick to point fingers at the President, as if he is personally to blame for all the crap that goes on in their lives. The President, regardless of who it is, can not literally create jobs, that is up to business owners, or if you have the drive and initiative, you create your own business. Or, you get out there and pound the pavement looking for a job, any kind of job. (pride is of no use when you can't put food on your table)...Too many people are willing to stay home and wallow rather than try to make their own lives better.
As for the economy....recovery from this mess is going to take time, regardless of who is in office... and what would really make it easier is if everyone would quit playing party politics and get together to really make some positive changes. With the House and Senate once again divided, legislation is going to stall, and no real difference is going to be made if they can't get their shit together.
So, here is why I voted, once again, for Barack Obama....
1. I believe that everybody should be free to love and marry whomever they choose.
It is not for the Government to decide what defines love and marriage and family.
2. I believe that everyone should have access to healthcare.
While Obamacare (I hate that term) is not perfect by a long shot, it puts in place protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and provides free preventive care, which really is the basis for good health... prevention is a lot cheaper than treatment.
People cry "Socialist," but America is the only industrialized country in the world without a universal healthcare plan. Sure those socialist countries have high taxes, but they also reap the benefits of those taxes in education, maternity and vacation leave, and health care.
3. I believe that only a woman should have the right to make decisions regarding her own health and reproduction.
4. I believe in equal rights, equal pay and equal opportunity for every person regardless of race, persuasion or religion.
5. I believe that higher taxes should be paid by the very wealthy, and that loopholes should be closed.
It is ridiculous that the middle class carries the full weight of the country on its backs, while some can hide their wealth and pay next to nothing.
6. I believe any person should be allowed to serve their country regardless of their sexual persuasion.
Too much of Republican politics seems to be heading toward religion and morality. I do not believe it should be up to the Government to dictate what is right and wrong, good or evil. Also... it feels like there was an undercurrent of racism, and a definite feeling of "getting Obama gone" mentality, especially around here (not so much in Miami). I can not abide by that. It is stupid that such things are still issues in 2012.
Besides.... I like the President. I think he is a personable and relatable guy. I like Michelle Obama. I think they make a great couple. I, however, did not like Romney nor Ryan.
For all these reasons and more, I voted for Barack Obama. I look forward to seeing what can be accomplished these next four years. It will be wonderful to see him really move forward without a re-election campaign always looming ahead. If only the House and Senate can work together....
Now....back to the commercials for erectile dysfunction!