I voted last week. In Oregon we cast our ballots by mail. We don’t troop through the snow or rain to an empty exhibition building at the fairgrounds or an elementary school gym. We vote in the comfort of our own homes (which is quite the middle class perspective, isn't it?), slap on a stamp and the fate of our nation is entrusted to the US Postal Service.
I voted for Barack Obama. I am not one of those voters who thinks Republicans are evil…hell, I’m married to one! (For the record, the spouse was much more liberal in his youth.) I think both candidates are good men. I think they both love this country. I also think they both want to carry out their vision of what America could be….and here are five reasons why I am voting for Obama:
1. When I look at the Democratic Party, I see myself and my community. Yes, I know there are blacks, and Latinos, and other minorities in the Republican Party, but the driving force is rich, privileged white guys, or embarassing white women. When I watched the Democratic Convention, the participants were representative of the America that I know. I may be a middle class white person, but the America I know is diverse. Diversity is strength and the Republican Party doesn’t seem to recognize that.
2. I don’t think of myself as a one issue voter, but I support women’s issues and that includes protecting a women’s right to make her own decisions about her body. I am not pro-abortion. I don’t know any woman who is. I am pro-choice because I don’t want anyone telling me what I can or cannot do with my body. It’s a trust issue. Trust me to make a good decision. I’m a smart, caring, competent person. TRUST ME! Trust my daughter and my granddaughters.
3. I like how Barack Obama represents the United States. He is educated, well spoken, and thoughtful. He doesn’t say stupid stuff. Even when I might disagree with his position, he delivers the message in a thoughtful, reasoned way. He represents us well.
4. I’m not sure where Mitt Romney stands on many issues. His position seems to change depending on the audience he is talking to. There was a time, when he was governor of Massachusetts, when he was more moderate. I could have voted for the moderate Mitt. I can’t vote for the Mitt who panders to the Tea Party. He has modified his positions for votes…and I want to vote for the person who stands up for what he believes, even when it might not be the popular position.
5. Barack Obama inherited an economy in crisis. It took eight years for Bush to create the economic mess; I’m willing to give Obama the same amount of time to pull us out. The economy is showing signs of improvement. Obama saved the automotive industry. He deserves a second term.
I'm proud to have cast my vote for Barack Obama.