Politics is a dirty business no matter which side you’re on and I have never been political. I avoid discussing politics and religion because I know it’s a moot point. But this year, I am feeling a change coming on. This election year, it’s very hard for me to stay in the middle. I know it has a lot to do with where I am in my own personal life and experiences, but I am having difficulties understanding the opposing (Republican) views.
I am usually unaffected by my friends’ beliefs, accepting them for who they are, and allowing us all to live and let live; enjoying the moments that have brought us together and tolerating the things the make us different. I don’t begrudge people of their opinions, I respect theirs as long as they do the same with mine. I am not so narrow minded (I think) that I cannot see the point from the other side. I do try. Honestly. This year though, I am overtaken by sadness when I find out that friends that I truly like and respect are huge Romney/Ryan supporters. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like them anymore or don’t want to be friends anymore, I’m just… sad. deflated. lost.
I don’t like our two party system and I try to be open minded as much as possible, but I also always go with the party whose platform resonates with me and that I can relate to. I have never checked that box to vote a straight-party ticket. I have always been a cafeteria voter, picking and choosing individuals and initiatives to vote for rather than a particular party. Why, I even had a brief infatuation with John McCain and I still admire Condeleza Rice especially after that speech during the GOP convention. I was not crazy about Al Gore, and I think some democrats can be just as cooky as republicans. Heck, as much as I love Obama, I don’t think he’s perfect and there’s been a number of things he’s done as president that I didn’t agree with or was happy with. But still…this year, I think I am already decided on who to vote for. This year, for me, it’s a no-brainer.
I can’t discuss every issue that is of concern as well as other bloggers and I’m too lazy to. But I do enjoy reading them. And yes, I read articles from both sides even though I already know who to vote for. Some of the articles that I don’t agree with, I simply shake my head at, and others scare the heck out of me and makes me even more determined to keep the Romney/Ryan team from going farther than the voting polls. I want them stopped there, and if I were a person who prayed, I will be reciting that prayer everyday until election day.
Undecided voters should read blog posts like this THE FIVE REASONS WHY ROMNEY/RYAN MUST BE DEFEATED IN 2012 – AND WHY CONSERVATIVES SHOULD HOPE THEY ARE and try to verify the answers yourself (http://www.factcheck.org/ is a non partisan site with very good articles on the various claims from both sides). Don’t depend on the soundbites that clutters the airwaves. Do your own research.
Point by point, I resoundingly agree with that article. Now if there is a similar article for the republican claims, then I would be glad to read it too. Leave me a link if you find one.
ISSUES THAT GOT MY ATTENTION
Issues on equality concerns me. It’s one of the things that make me proud to be in this country and I want to see it become more inclusive rather than exclusive. I still do believe in the basic premise of the constitution no matter how many times it’s been twisted to suit certain agendas. (This one’s a side note, shake-your-head-but-must-see video that is almost funny, of Romney talking to a gay veteran)
The issues on economy and national defense… I know we’re simply pawns in their game and there is not much I can do about it but to go with the flow and do the best I can.
The bottom line is, the Republican platform is too scary for me to take a chance on. The fear mongering about the economy does not scare me half as bad as the idea of living without CHOICE and having my morals dictated.
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