Politics makes me crazy! Let me start by saying that. It seems to me that the rich keep getting richer, while the rest of us hustle hard. While some small-minded individuals are trying to keep up with those that have, I just want to believe I live in a country that will take care of all of us. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. I want to feel a sense safety for my family and myself. I know that you have to work to provide for your family and I don’t think I’m entitled to anything outside of my rights as a tax-paying citizen. So why is there so much confusion?
I’m watching commercials that suggest our current President isn’t qualified to be in office another term. However, the President before him (George W. Bush) somehow managed to bring this country to its knees for 8 years. That can’t be fair. When I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, I never expected him to get it all together in one term. I also didn’t expect him to come against so much resistance from Congress, either. Although, I don’t agree with everything that Obama has done in the past four years, I still believe that we can have some change. What can I say? I believe in Obama. He is not my savior, nor do I look at him as being a perfect individual. Nevertheless, I have never been prouder to have him in the White House representing and running my country.
Last week, I overheard some people discussing the election. They were talking about their plans to not vote, because they’ve lost interest. The same commercials that have been playing for weeks were the catalyst to their decision. They proposed that because the Romney campaign pointed out some flaws about Obama they didn’t know about, that perhaps neither of them deserved a vote. This didn’t make sense to me, because although both sides have views some may not agree on, these individuals were relinquishing their rights altogether. There has to be something we can do. I’m not comfortable with so many of us deciding not to vote based on a he say/he say campaign. People have to learn to find out the truth on their own, rather than wait to be spoon fed facts by our media.
Samuel L Jackson “WAKE THE FUCK UP” (Barack Obama)
In 2008, we were excited. We were so hype to have an African-American President, that we literally knocked each other down to cast out votes, as if we were going to buy the new Jordan Concords. I want that same excitement back! After hearing how Mitt Romney really feels, and after discovering how out of touch he is with the low-income demographic in this country, I’m equally as enthusiastic as I was in 2008. It’s not a challenge for me to say that I will be voting for Obama again. It’s not because he’s black or because he’s a celebrity. I’m voting for him because he is the candidate that is more closely related to MY views on how this country should be running. I don’t want to feel like I’m making rich people more wealthy off of the sweat of my fellow Americans and myself. I don’t want to feel like I’m a “sub-par American” for ever accepting assistance from the government, and I don’t believe anyone else should. Just because someone has endured hard times, maybe even qualified for assistance, it doesn’t mean that they don’t matter. I was offended, point-blank. It appears to be a class situation with Romney, where 47% of Americans just don’t fit into the bigger picture. What kind of President only wants to work for a certain group of people?
Mitt Romney’s “47 Percent” Comments
I’m only beginning to learn about the politics of this country, and what I’m learning thus far has got me more than a little upset. I understand that we need to get more individuals off of welfare and into good paying jobs. We also need to gain better traction in Education and Foreign Affairs. However, I’m not comfortable with allowing this billionaire Mitt Romney make decisions about my life, when everything about him has proved that he really doesn’t care about me. I made this decision after watching news reports, after reading various articles and publications that have cited the candidates views on particular subjects that will and have affected my family and myself. I’m not basing my decision on commercials. I’m not blatantly ignoring the facts and chalking it up to trends. I don’t look at my twitter timeline to tell me my real-life news, because I’m an adult. We have to take responsibility for our lives and the lives of our children, by making a conscious effort to educate ourselves on the issues.
As we prepare to watch the debates tomorrow and the weeks following, please promise to pay attention. Dedicate some time to researching for yourself the issues that are important to you. Do you want the right to choose? Do you want the government to tell you that you will not receive adequate healthcare because of your financial situation or tax bracket? How important is your child’s education? Don’t vote because one candidate is rich and/or because the other candidate is black. Vote based on the facts. Imagine being a pregnant woman, an elderly man, a small business owner or a single parent. Even if that’s not your current situation, what would you want if you were in those shoes? Whatever your reasons, just make sure you vote. Our ancestors have fought and dies just so that we can have a say in a country that we were born in. Please, don’t allow basic confusion to hinder you from voicing your opinion.
What’s more important to you?
- Are You Kidding Me? Romney’s Garbage Man Blasts Him In New Political Ad (mediaite.com)
- Gallup Poll: Obama Beats Romney as Better for Middle-Income Americans (themoderatevoice.com)
- Mitt Romney’s path to victory narrows, AP analysis shows – Newsday (newsday.com)
- Is Mitt Romney in denial? (telegraph.co.uk)
- Poll: Obama Leads Romney By 10 Points In Michigan (detroit.cbslocal.com)