So, last night, the Presidential election came up in conversation, between two people of very different political persuasions. One man, a conservative, says to his sister, a liberal: “I’m voting for Romney so that we don’t have to live like this anymore!”
“Live like how??” she asked. He couldn’t answer.
They let the conversation drop – but it got me thinking about why I’m voting the way I am. Most of us know who we are going to vote for (if we’re voting – and I hope everyone is!). But it’s hard for most of us to articulate exactly why we think or feel the way we do – what’s important to us? What do we care about? What future do we see for ourselves, our families, our neighbors?
I don’t typically post anything political or ideological on my blog, though I do get personal at times. But, I believe elections are important. I believe they’re not just our right and privilege as Americans, but also our responsibility. So, you’ve received your fair warning, your disclaimer, etc. If you’re not interested in politics – you can turn away now.
Let me tell you about the world I live in. Let me tell you why I’m voting for President Obama.
The world I live in is one in which America actually has a chance to become America again. It is a world in which slow & steady wins the race – where 32 straight months of job growth and reductions in unemployment actually mean something. It’s a world where nations of the world have begun to respect and to work with America and its leaders again. It’s a world where truth and integrity count and where personal freedoms are more valuable than offshore savings accounts. This is an America where, when our nation or its people are attacked, the President doesn’t just gin up fear for political gain, he goes after the people who did it and ends them – period.
I live in a world where people are people and corporations are corporations. I live in a world where no ONE religion is allowed to tell ALL women what to do with their bodies. It’s an America where, if you don’t believe in abortion or in contraception, then you don’t have to have them – but you don’t have the right to make that decision for anybody else. I live in a world where the lessons in the Bible should matter to the people who thump it, where Christ’s teachings are practiced by Christians, and where the Constitution (which tells us that a Citizen, with all rights thereof, is one BORN or Naturalized in the United States of America – not an egg that has been fertilized there) is truly respected.
I live in an America where brave, awe-inspiring men and women who love this country so much that they leave their homes and risk their lives to protect it, don’t have to hide who they are or be made ashamed of who they love while they’re fighting for our liberties. I live in America where, when these heroes come home, they are taken care of – with housing, education, and the mental and physical healthcare they need.
I live in an America where success and innovation are rewarded and applauded, but where those with less are not ignored and where those with diseases or disabilities are not treated like third-class citizens, to catch scraps wherever they can. I live in an America that values all of its people, that actually does treat all men and women equally. It’s a country whose people realize that all of us are at risk of getting sick or injured at anytime, through no fault of our own, and that just because you’re not wealthy doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the best care and the most dignified hospice.
In short, I live in an America that reminds us what it is to be American and why the idea of “America” is so unique to history. I believe in the America that is and has been such a dream to people of other nations, where anything is possible, where all people have a chance to make it if they try, and where nobody is held down, bullied, mistreated, or denied rights simply because they are different.
I believe that President Obama lives in this America, too. That he cares about this America, too. And that’s why he’ll get my vote in November.