Today we vote. If you have the right to vote, do so. It’s a human right that you should not take for granted. Just like good health, you appreciate it when you don’t have it. It’s only after having a terrible cold that you realize how great it feels to be healthy and not sniffling snot incessantly. So Vote, be healthy, fell good about it.
When it comes to who you vote for, well…who am I to tell you what to do. It is your choice. Obviously. And your choice is totally private, you don’t have to tell anyone who you vote for at all, which is quite nice.
But if you are interested/intrigued/curious…here is some food for thought. (… But because this is my blog and you are curious/intrigued/interested enough to read this far, I will proudly confess that today, I shall vote for Obama.
Here are but a few of my reasons why:
Obama believes that women have a right to choose, and so do I.
Imagine this: a female you care for is raped. It is awful and she becomes pregnant. Imagine the pain and suffering that ensues. It’s a nightmare. Yet, her right to decide about what to do with the unwanted baby is non existent (under Romney). It is the will of God, apparently. Or was it just an awful situation that occurred and that she should not be punished for by having to bring an unwanted child into the world? We as women have a choice – these are our bodies and we have fought for the right of choice for many years. Nobody should be in any position of power that believes that women have no voice when it comes to their very own body. In fact Obama believes women should have the right to free preventative health care. Which sounds more logical to you? Romney’s argument which says women do not have a the right to decide what happens to their body, or Obama’s who grants full rights to our own body – it even sounds so blatantly obvious I don’t understand how this is even an issue.
Oh, and guess what. Even if your personal belief is that a pregnancy, no matter how it was caused, was the will of God, that opinion is no more than just that – a PERSONAL belief. Church and state should be separate, as was envisioned by our founding fathers and as is carried out by our President Obama.
Remember how this country is made up of people of all races and creeds. When voting make sure you pick a candidate who promotes equal rights for all Americans regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality….Equality is tough to protect and we need a President (Obama) who stands up for minorities and is free of archaic judgement.
We do not need any more wars. Obama ended the war in Iraq. He completed the mission of killing Osama bin Laden and has made huge steps towards drawing the Afghanistan war to a close. Romney has expressed a far more aggressive foreign policy – and refers to “the bad guys” ominously in his debates. He has pledged a “tougher stance on China”. Consider this, however, if Romney comes in and takes such a barking tone, China may decide to not buy any more US bonds which would make it quite difficult for the US to service its debt. And wait – wasn’t it Romney who said he would cut the debt drastically and that Obama was doing basically zilch? Ah, I see. Keep an eye out on that Romney fella’ – he is a slippery eel I tell ya.
The economy has been slowly improving. When Obama became President it was worse than it has been in 1929 during the Great Depression. If anybody expected Obama to have completely fixed and improved the economy in less than 4 years – put things in perspective. A huge economical disaster that Obama had thrown into his lap cannot be reversed with a flick of a wand. If it was, it would be no more than a temporary bandaid which is the last thing we would ever want again – another bubble? No thank you. Here’s to change that lasts.
Obama has made health care more affordable. He passed the Affordable Care Act which removes restrictions on pre-existing conditions, raises the age at which children can be under their parents health care (something that small businesses benefit from too) - why would you be against this?
Clean energy jobs – Obama is investing in creating these kinds of jobs. It’s about time that this happened.
And he thinks that the wealthy should pay fair taxes like the rest of us. One word – duh. Think about it, last year Romney paid about 14% of his income in tax. That’s almost certainly less than you did, by a significant amount. Even if you are not making millions, you still pay sales taxes, so chances are your effective tax rate is closer to 30% of all the money you make. The majority of people that have struggled in this economy have paid more income taxes than Romney. Think about it. Is that fair? Is that morally right?
Obama believes in Science, in research for innovation – He believes in a greater future for us all. He is for change and growth and development, learning and re-assessing what has not worked.
If you think Romney will take things back to “how they were” – you should question what that means to you. Is how things were what led us to the greatest financial crisis since 1929? Is how we were in the Clinton era, because then Obama is the clear choice. Is how we were no more than an idea your parents have imposed on you?
It’s your vote. Nobody can tell you where to press your dark pen tomorrow. But do me a favor and vote for the candidate that you honestly feel will continue to grow a unified, fair, peaceful United States of America – so that we may all continue to be proud of this beast of a Nation because this is a serious choice you are making. What you vote for tomorrow will mark the next four years in a very serious manner – what happens tomorrow matters for you, your children, your family, your friends – everyone around you. Tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for and there won’t be another – so make your voice heard. And make sure that voice has been well thought out – clearly, wisely and with lots of heart.
‘Till tomorrow fellow citizens – may tomorrow be a happy day for us all.