I've seen several posts pop up around blog land recently related to the election and the candidates, each containing some variation on the message "I don't want to offend readers by discussing my political views." Frankly, I'm disappointed. I know politics are a very personal thing and that everyone differs in what they think. but are we not evolved enough as a nation to recognize and to accept that we represent a political spectrum? and that even if we disagree, everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion, and to express it, without fear of censure? at least that's what I thought America was about. but instead it seems that everyone is afraid of discussing their political opinions in such a public forum as a blog for fear of inciting outrage or disapproval; I'll admit, I've been debating over writing a political post for the past week or so. it's a very touchy subject area. but as I'm sitting here watching the election returns, I'm choosing to have faith in my readers. I'm choosing to believe that you respect my right to have an opinion, just as I respect yours. this blog post is born mostly out of a desire to record my experience today - my first time exercising my civic
duty privilege and voting in an election. if you're not interested in reading my thoughts, then don't. you don't have to agree with me. we can still be friends.
I went to the polls today and I voted for Obama. and I was pretty freaking excited about doing so.
four years ago I would never have considered voting for President Obama. in 2008 I was only 17 years old and thus incapable of casting a vote for our nation's President. I remember hearing friends at school talk with excitement and pride about voting for Obama, and biting my tongue as a response. I guess you can look at this as the influence of college - I feel much more evolved as a citizen now. I have a better understanding of what's important to me as a voter and my own ideology. President Obama represents what is important to me at this point in my life – as an American, as a young person, and as a woman [eesh, it’s weird to call myself that]. this election has in large part centered around women: around Roe v. Wade and abortion, around birth control, around equality. I don’t believe the government should be able to dictate what goes on with my body; if I want to take birth control or have an abortion, I want to be able to do so without being punished. Mitt Romney wants to repeal Roe v. Wade. he wants to cut funding to Planned Parenthood – an organization that provides so many more health services outside of abortion assistance. he wants to repeal Obamacare, which, while far from perfect, tries to make maternity care and birth control more accessible to women around the country. this is not to say that I agree with all of Obama’s politics, or that I disagree with all of Romney’s. my point here is that, from my female point of view, a vote for Romney is a vote against social progress. and that's not something we can afford.
Jaclyn wrote a wonderfully eloquent post that really sums up a lot of my thoughts surrounding these issues, in case you’re interested in reading more. I’m sure you’re sick of thinking about the election, so if you’ve taken some time to read this post I thank you.