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.