Opinions are like... votes.
Everyone has the right to express them. Here are my five reasons (with a few extras woven in the prose) on why I'm casting a second ballot for Obama. Whatever you do, whoever you believe in - please go to the polls and vote tomorrow.
Your ability to bitch for the next four years depends on it.
Reason No. 5
I have a vagina. Romney's track record does little to get me excited about how he'd handle my lady parts. The abortion issue is a complicated matter that I can't simplify with a quip on a blog post. What I will say is that I don't feel comfortable making judgments about your family planning challenges based on my parameters of ethics and morality, and I don't think my president should, either. Birth control is something that women need, and I don't appreciate it when men try to legislate its availability.
On a more personal level, I appreciate the work President Obama has done for equal pay for women. The working women I know bust their asses every day in offices, newsrooms, and on the road, and they deserve to be compensated appropriately for their work. The Lilly Ledbetter Act is an important step in bringing equality to the office, and Mitt Romney isn't behind it.
Reason No. 4
I am terrified by how the Supreme Court would change if Mitt Romney was able to appoint justices. Let's face it. Some of the folks in the robes are getting long in the tooth, and Ginsburg and Breyer could retire in the next four years.
During his four years in office, President Obama has appointed two women and helped protect against extremist rulings. Romney would be sure to select justices who could do away with Roe v. Wade and hammer away at any opportunity for marriage equality. Any Romney appointees would have the potential to influence the law of the land in dramatic fashion.
Do we really need to bring back separate drinking fountains? I wouldn't put it past 'em.
Reason No. 3
Speaking of marriage equality, I think gay marriage is something that deserves to be recognized in my lifetime, and I think Barack Obama is the guy who can help make it happen. I have so many gay and lesbian friends who deserve the right to marry just as my straight friends do.
Right now my friends Chris and Craig aren't allowed to experience the same rights as my married friends. They aren't legally allowed to make end-of-life decisions for each other, and in some cases they could be banned to visit each other in a hospital. I believe they deserve the same happiness (and challenges) as any married couple - they pay taxes, they give their time and talents to the community, and they throw a hell of a Christmas party. I know if they had a wedding it would be fabulous and a huge boost the local economy. Promise.
Reason No. 2
My religious beliefs are my own. I am a firm believer in the separation of church and state, and I can't stand behind a guy whose party uses faith to defend legislation and political positioning. The GOP has turned faith and religion into a nasty arguing point that turns its back on bipartisan cooperation. Rather than legislate from the pulpit, I prefer political efforts that encourage inclusiveness - something that is completely missing from the Romney regime.
Barack Obama is focused on bringing everyone together - black, white, wealthy, poor, believers and agnostics - to ensure all perspectives are represented. Our nation was born out of a desire for religious freedom, with immigrants from all over Europe hopping on ships to seek freedom of faith and politics. Modern political leaders (i.e. Romney running mate Paul Ryan) crow about their fears of diminished Christian values in America.
Folks, it's a big, wide world out there, and lots of people have a variety of political and spiritual beliefs. And that's okay. We need to focus on our similarities, not differences, and faith is not a good starting point.
Reason No. 1
Health Care. Plain and simple - no family should ever have to file bankruptcy for a medical crisis. I know all too well how a medical crisis can tax a family - it's happened to my nuclear family twice. I am grateful Obamacare did away with lifetime caps for insurance plans and pre-existing conditions.
I also think it's important to point out that many 20-somethings are struggling to find work these days, and that means they are also struggling to secure health care. Obama's health care plan allows these young people to stay on their parents' health care plans until they turn 26.
For seniors, Romney would like to introduce a Medicare voucher program. A nonpartisan study shows that change would raise premiums for seniors, who in many cases are already on fixed incomes and not prepared to handle the uncertainty of a premium-support model. A voucher program is a risky proposition for people who have to balance the costs associated with an uncertain future, both financially and medically.
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