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Who Will You Vote For?

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I’m voting for Barack Obama.

If a Republican, or any other party, candidate were running who I respected, agreed with, and believed in were running, by all means that person would get my vote. However, tomorrow, my realistic options are Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, and only one of those men meets my criteria.

Here is an excerpt from Esquire’s endorsement for Obama which does a better job than I could on some of my feelings going into election day.

It is important, too, that that you vote for one of these men based on whom else, exactly, he owes. Who is it that’s going to come with the fiddler to collect when you get what you’ve bargained for?

Barack Obama owes more than I’d like him to owe to the Wall Street crowd. He probably at this point owes a little more than I’d like him to owe to the military. The rest he owes to the millions of people who elected him in 2008 … and he will owe them even more if they come out and pull his chestnuts out of the fire for him this time around… (these people he owes) they are not likely to revenge themselves against the country if he does and, even if they decided to, they don’t have the power to do much but yell at the right buildings.

On the other hand, Willard Romney owes even more to the Wall Street crowd, and he owes even more to the military, but he also owes everything he is politically…to the closeted and not-so-closeted racists who have been so empowered by the party that has given them a home, to the enemies of science and to the enemies of reason, to the devil’s bargain of obvious tactical deceit and to the devil’s honoraria of dark, anonymous money, and, ultimately, to those shadowy places in himself wherein Romney sold out who he might actually be to his overweening ambition. It is a fearsome bill to come due for any man, let alone one as mendaciously malleable as the Republican nominee. Obama owes the disgruntled. Romney owes the crazy. And that makes all the difference.

In his time in office, Barack Obama has done some undeniable good for people. There are auto workers in Ohio with jobs, and women making equal pay, and young people freed from the burdens of health care because of some of the president’s policies. And he is running on that record, making the case for his second term based on the good he has done for people in his first. In his only time in elective office, Romney also did some good for people. He reformed the health-care system in Massachusetts in a way that made him far more popular up here than he ever will be again. And he has spent seven years now running against the good he did for people. What kind of a politician does that? What kind of a man does that? A politician who has counted the debts he owes to the people to whom he owes them, and a man who is willing to hock everything about himself just to get even.

This is not “fear” talking. This is simply the way things are. It is important to stand against the people and the forces to which Willard Romney owes his political career. It is more important to do that than it is to do anything else. It is more important to do that than to salve my conscience, or make a statement, or dream my wistful dreams of a better and more noble politics.”

*Read more at Esquire.
Note: This article spoke to me very much and, initially, I included portions of it which really resonated with me. After a couple of comments made mention of their unkind nature, I realized I could not welcome here a respectful conversation if I did not set the tone. If you’d like the full article, click here.

I could say a lot of things in this post – how I don’t agree with Romney’s spending cuts to critical public programs, how I can’t stand behind cutting Title X funding, how baffled I am Romney so passionately opposes Obamacare when he created the model, how I won’t vote for expanded and enhanced access to fire arms, how I can’t support leaving abortion to be a matter for individual states, overturning Roe v. Wade.

I could also mention how proudly I stand behind a presidential candidate who supports and empowers women, how I believe in improving our relations with allies around the world, how I’ll stand behind someone who makes preserving our environment a priority, how I’ll vote for someone who wants to counter global warming – who believes in global warming.

I’d be remiss to acknowledge our economy is not at it’s best, neither candidate has perfect solutions for every problem and neither candidate is himself the answer to everything this country needs.

So given the mortal imperfections of our options tomorrow, I am of the opinion our country and the foundation I wish to build today for my daughters tomorrow, is better served by someone I can proudly vote for knowing, not only that I agree with their politics, but that they will lead humbly and with respect. Someone who will treat the great honor of being President of the United States as a grand privilege. I will vote on the issues, , but I will also vote on character as well. I will vote for Barack Obama.

I come from a household where politics weren’t talked about it. Well, unless it’s to discuss the demise of Fidel Castro. So here, in this online space of mine, I’m asking you to share who you will vote for tomorrow. I have a few friends on FB who have shared with me their feelings on the election and hey happen to be quite contrary to mine. I welcome those conversations because they are valuable and good for us. I’m welcoming a respectful conversation and would sincerely love to read your comments; unkind comments will be removed.

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  1. I don’t usually talk politics, except with close friends and family, but I find the endorsement by Esquire particularly offensive. Especially considering if the roles were reversed and said about some of those on the “left.” This is what I find ridiculous:

    he also owes everything he is politically to the snake-handlers and the Bible-bangers, to the Creationist morons and to the people who stalk doctors and glue their heads to the clinic doors, to the reckless plutocrats and to the vote-suppressors, to the Randian fantasts and libertarian fakers, to the closeted and not-so-closeted racists who have been so empowered by the party that has given them a home, to the enemies of science and to the enemies of reason, to the devil’s bargain of obvious tactical deceit and to the devil’s honoraria of dark, anonymous money, and, ultimately, to those shadowy places in himself wherein Romney sold out who he might actually be to his overweening ambition. It is a fearsome bill to come due for any man, let alone one as mendaciously malleable as the Republican nominee. Obama owes the disgruntled. Romney owes the crazy. And that makes all the difference.

    I’m voting for Romney because I want our country back. In my opinion, Obama is tanking out country.
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    1. You know, I didn’t even stop to think of that part as being offensive. I know a few folks who are voting for Romney and none of them fall under that category so to me it spoke to a specific group of Romney supporters which I believe do exist and whose support and endorsement frighten me.

      And in retrospect, I probably should have taken greater care in quoting the text if I’m going to invite a respectful conversation. Thank you for pointing it out!

    1. That’s fascinating to me. I would imagine they’d find it hard not to talk about their political views at home. We never talked politics. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I have been working VERY hard at keeping my political views to myself this year. But…you asked… 😉

    Honestly I agree, 100% with Joanna’s comments. I take great offense to the nasty comments made about “All” Conservatives/Republicans/Christians in that Esquire endorsement.

    I too am voting for Romney. I want our country back as well, and while I’m not 100% certain that Romney can get the job done, I AM 100% certain that Obama can’t.
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    1. I’m going to amend the text. Like I said to Joanna, if I’m going to welcome a respectful conversation I should probably set the tone right?

      I respect that you’re honest that you’re not 100% certain Romney can get the job done. While we’ll be voting differently, I think our sentiments are similar in spirit – neither is going to be 100% for all that needs fixing. Thanks for commenting!

  3. I am not voting for either major party candidate. I don’t trust either of them. Each of them have beliefs on various issues – either socially or fiscally – that I am strongly against. And at this point in my life, I would rather “waste” my vote by voting third party or write in, than compromise my strong beliefs or vote for the lesser of two evils. I’ve been told this is selfish, that I’m only thinking of myself, that I need to vote for the man who I believe will lead the entire country out of this mess. Full disclosure, I don’t believe either one of these men will lead the country out of this mess. I don’t believe either one of them are strong leaders who will unite this country. I may have believed that about them in the past, but now, after seeing actions and hearing words and feeling that these men may be changing ideals to get a vote…no. I won’t vote for someone I don’t trust. And I don’t trust Romney or Obama.

    But I’m not going to tell you who I will vote for. In my opinion, there is a reason why voting booths are private. Because my vote is my business, and no one else’s. 🙂
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    1. Melissa, I stand by your opinion that neither of these men is the answer to everything this country needs. However, I believe it’s more important to make sure Romney doesn’t take office than it is to stand by my ideals and beliefs. I couldn’t in good conscious vote for another candidate and know that my one vote may have paved the way for Romney into office.

      And like I said, I get it. Neither of these men will lead this country out of this mess. Each, I’m sure, would give it a tremendous effort. However, I’d rather choose the person who will try damn hard without setting women back 100s of years, amongst other things.

      Thank you for your comments!

  4. It’s funny, I, like a lot of these ladies who commented don’t usually talk politics either. To be honest with you, I’m still not sure who I am going to vote for. I spent all last night researching and talking with my husband and I’m still on the fence. I love reading posts like this because I think it helps so much to let people know opinions and views. Thank you for this Carla!!!
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    1. You do the best you can! And you’ve armed yourself with as much info as you can. Good luck in your decisions!

  5. I was born in raised in Texas, a Republican state. We have produced 2 presidents from our state that many Americans are not fans of and like Romney did amazing things for our state as a governor. I feel that President Bush handled 9/11 with grace under fire, I mean honestly what would any focus do in that situation…. Go out and kick some terrorist booty!! I’m glad that Obama “got Bin Laden” but I hate that I feel like that’s the only thing he’s done over the last 4 years, the only thing I can say “wow good job Obama” on.
    So with that being said I’m voting for Romney. I don’t think he has all the answers, he won’t make gas $2 over night if ever, he won’t end the war the first week in office, and the job market isn’t going to flourish within 48 hours, BUT I do feel like he’s going to keep his word and do his best to make a positive change.
    Lastly, the Esquire bit about bible beaters and snake handlers really burns my biscuit!! My dad is a pastor and I was raised in a Southern Baptist church and it was nothing like that. I’m a very liberal republican…. I’m for gay marriage, I’m pro choice abortion shocking coming from a registered republican I know lol but those 2 liberal issues aren’t what’s important this election jobs, the economy, health care, gas prices, that’s where we need to be. Thanks for doing this Carla!!
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    1. I think we’re all in a very precarious position. I’ve so many sentiments on knowing that whoever wins will not be the answer to everything. So I think with that in mind, we all choose who to us is the lessor of two evils.

      As for the Esquire bit, well it spoke to me. And I don’t disagree with it but definitely don’t think it applies to everyone. It speaks to my belief that Romney is supported, in spirit and funding, by groups of individuals I would not want having a stake in this country. I also know he has well educated, kind and hard working supporters like the women here and your father. Is it extreme? Yes but I do believe there is a constituency who falls into the not so pleasant category.

      Granted I’m sure there are plenty of voters in the Obama camp other folks would not be crazy about.

      Thanks, Tera!

  6. While I don’t agree with the way Esquire handled this article at all, I agree with your views on where I stand on issues and I am voting for Obama. There are too many issues that Romney stands for that I am vehemently against. For me, it’s not just only about money and economy. No one will magically fix that in the next 4 years. I look at the greater picture and, in my heart, I can’t vote for someone who stands so strongly against social issues that I believe in, that I feel will set us back and that I just feel are morally wrong. It just frightens me. My vote will go to Obama. Thanks for opening up such a personal conversation and for doing it without attacking.
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    1. I agree, the fiscal road ahead is long and treacherous for anyone who faces it. Like you, I had to look beyond the economy and focus on the social issues. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Let me first say, I don’t particularly care for either of them. However, my vote went to Romney today. I agree with his plans when in office. I think obama wants the government to control everything. Too much red tape. Actually, some of the law he would like in place, scare me! I also voted for Doherty and Whitehouse.

    I am always interested to see the views of others 🙂

    1. So appreciate your comment! I find it so interesting reading everyone’s views and seeing we each kinda feel the same way except towards opposite candidates =)

  8. i find the notion of “taking back the country” so interesting. what does that really mean? take it back from what/whom? take it back to where? it’s politi-speak that doesn’t really mean anything and i don’t get it.
    i also think it’s really interesting when people say they don’t like “big government” or regulation or government programs, etc. i get that it’s difficult to trust such a massive and inefficient organism to enact anything functional. but, usually the anti-big-government folks are the same ones that seem perfectly ok with (or at least tolerate) the government all up in their personal business. how is it logical to say you don’t think the government should control education (for example), but you’re ok with them controlling your body? i just don’t get it.
    i didn’t like the esquire article. i found it reductive and over-simplified. but i think that’s the way the whole media/world are now. no one wants to fundamentally understand the complex issues involved, so we resort to name calling and sound bites. we categorize people by one dominant trait/system of belief and create a caricature about that, and then we relish the fact that we are *not* that, even though that same categorization is happening to us on a different site, by a different group.
    for me and my vote (or, fraction of a vote since i live in texas and we are under-represented by the absurd electoral college), i chose the candidate that i thought would put forth the most effort to empower and elevate the most people. my personal life would probably benefit more from the election of mr. romney (i’m not in a marginalized sub-group, other than that i’m a woman; my income is relatively high compared to the average, etc), but it’s my opinion that a rising tide lifts all boats – when the majority is doing a little better, making a little more, a little more educated…it’s easier/nicer to interact with my fellow citizens. i have a masters degree in business from a top 5 school and i’ve yet to see any compelling/substantive argument for the trickle down theory.
    this isn’t a great choice. but, we shouldn’t be surprised. we don’t demand great choices from our parties. we allow ourselves to be partitioned and segmented and represented by single issues.

    1. I thought the same thing. “Taking back the country” is a vague notion and leaves me very curious as to what exactly folks feel has taken place.

      I stand by the article. It’s not pretty but I think it speaks to a group of people who, had they been given the opportunity, would be pulling the strings. To me it doesn’t speak to an entire party but to a specific group. And it speaks to one of the many reasons I voted like I did.

      Thank you for putting it all so eloquently when you said –
      “i chose the candidate that i thought would put forth the most effort to empower and elevate the most people. my personal life would probably benefit more from the election of mr. romney …but it’s my opinion that a rising tide lifts all boats – when the majority is doing a little better, making a little more, a little more educated…it’s easier/nicer to interact with my fellow citizens. i have a masters degree in business from a top 5 school and i’ve yet to see any compelling/substantive argument for the trickle down theory.”

      Precisely.

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