06 November 2012

a note about politics.

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.
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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.

4 comments:

  1. I've been following along from Australia for months now.. I love too many American's not too be interested and as most of them are female, I was of course horrified when I read certain new stories about women's rights. I love Obama, I was rooting for him in '08 and I've spent today in my Obama sweater glued to the TV hoping and praying that he'll get a second term... but I was scared to post about it. I did upload a pic of m in said sweater, in front on my US flag on FB and Instagram but I did so hesitantly.. I didn't want to be de-friended or un-followed simply because I support one political party over another (especially when I can't actually vote for them anyway. I will talk about it all very openly here, lots of my friends/colleagues who haven't paid much attention to it until today wanted answers and I was happy to give them all a good dose of why Obama is the obvious choice but to an American audience.. I didn't feel comfortable. I worried they would be offended and it made me feel so awkward. I'm so glad you posted this today, I agree whole heartedly with it.

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  2. What a well-written post! I prefer to have my opinion debates in person, mostly because I tend to get quite strong-willed when I get started and I've got some people close to me with very different political beliefs who I would rather have an earnest face-to-face conversation with than have them read something on my blog or FB- although I am happy to get on my soapbox about specific issues (marriage equality, conservation, and animal welfare are biggies for me). That said, I agree with you- being scared to alienate your readers is a silly reason to not mention what you believe in. Readers follow for a reason, and I'd like to hope we're all mature enough to realize we don't all agree about everything- and that's what makes us great!
    Anyway. Point One: I'm 29 and feel giggly when I refer to myself as a "woman", so I'm with you.
    Point Two: Team Winner! *high five* ;)

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  3. love this. I am (in case you haven't figured out through my twitter feed) an Obama supporter. Do I think the man and his views are perfect? No. But there were certain issues that were key for me (women's rights, marriage equality, ending the war in afghanistan) so yeah. I do feel a little awkward sharing my views on the blog because I;m not a citizen yet so I can't vote - but at the same it does all affect me since I'm a resident, but I'm pretty open on twitter haha

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  4. I definitely cast my vote for President Obama and am thrilled to see he'll be leading our great country for another four years. I'm also thrilled that all the campaign ads have vanished overnight! :) This campaign seemed to go on forever.

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