In the spirit of 7 Quick Takes Friday and the upcoming elections, here are 7 Long Takes - Politics.
The Presidential Elections are less than two weeks away! Thank goodness! I bet most of us wish it would just get here and be done with already; I’m tired of all the silly games we have to go through to get decent leaders to lead our country and safeguard our American freedoms. Honesty all the political shenanigans make me want to throw up my arms and forget about caring more times than not. On the outside, all this political stuff seems like a bunch of over-stretched truths, over-played emotions, and blinding white-washed smiles.
Under the media mask of politics lays the world of our country’s government system at work. What goes on under the surface is eventually seen above ground and it all affects our lives in small and big ways. So, as annoying as it can be, we have to pay attention and vote responsibly. (What comes around goes around.) I am thankful we get to vote and have at least some say, much better than living under the rule of a dictator I’m sure.
However, I can’t say I’m absolutely satisfied with our choice in candidates–not even close. I’ve gone back and forth between being mad about that, apathetic, and now just…grudgingly accepting. We’ve got one guy who is clearly NOT the right guy, another who is better but not drastically enough, and probably a few ‘others’ floating around out there muffled by all the clatter and banter of the two ‘real’ candidates.
It’s too bad in a way that we’ve gotten to a place where the majority feel we only have 2 viable choices. I feel the ’3rd party’ lurking out there brings some important ideas to the round table of the political world. Many times, people in these 3rd parties bring up some great points and have some sound and logical ideas for how to run things around here. The 3rd party is like the paper plate full of all the ‘leftovers’ or ‘ignored items’ from the holiday party that no one thought were good but then if you try some you realize these were actually some of the best picks that got overlooked because they didn’t ‘look’ as good as the stuff served on the shinier platters.
I admit there’ve been times I’ve thought of joining the crazy Libertarians and maybe one day I’ll take that plunge. I don’t agree with everything ‘they’ stand for; however, I admire their passion for ‘real’ conservatism and ‘real’ liberalism. Also, I’m a bit of a rebel non-conformist and I hate being ‘stuck’ with one party all the time. I didn’t grow up in a Democrat-hating family but I wouldn’t say we were hard-core Republicans either. While that’s always who I’ve voted for, I wouldn’t say I’m a Republican loyalist. In fact, as I’ve grown older and learned more about the party and its candidates, there are more things I don’t like about the party…at least not what the party has become. That said, I’ve met some great Republican leaders who are willing to use their heads and their hearts when making important decisions; sadly, I’ve met far too many more who’ve gotten stuck in the rut of voting for their party vs. the people they’re elected to represent. That said, for now, I’m still hopeful enough (especially after seeing the enthusiasm of recent ‘new’ Republicans) to believe the GOP can be re-ignited and restored and I believe the ’3rd’ party ideas can do a lot to help with this so I do hope they stick around and get more attention.
For this year, though, I agree with Steve Skojec that it’s not the right year to vote ideologically. There’s way too much at stake. My husband says we’re at a tipping point, I agree except I think we were there 4 years ago already and we chose the wrong guy. This might just be our last chance to save our country from going down a path we may never get off. I realize this same justification not to vote 3rd party could be used in any election but this year I really believe there’s much more at stake than in past years. There may not even be a hope for a 3rd party at all in the future if things don’t change. That may sound overly dire yet it is what it is.
So, that’s why I’m voting for Romney–because I believe he’s the better option, even if not the best. There are things I don’t like about him but there’s enough I do like about him and I’m voting for the good he and his proposed policies can do for our country. The country would go to ruins if I and the majority of others threw in the towel or waited around for the perfect candidate. Yeah it sucks that we have to choose between Mr. Lame and Mr. Not-Quite-As-Lame but that is what it is right now so we have to work with the real choices we have. Maybe one day things will be different but this is the way it is this year. Besides I can’t be all snooty-too-shoes and not vote just because I think both the candidates are ridiculous in their own ways. I also don’t believe in the whole voting for the ‘lesser evil’ game, like if we simple folk are somehow above these politicians — they are still human like the rest of us, mostly.
This year, for the first time, I’m not voting for ‘pro-life’ reasons primarily; although life issues are still the most important to me and what I’m most passionate about. Regarding abortion, Romney isn’t 100% “pro-life” (he’s against abortions ‘with exceptions’ for rape/incest but that’s another story) and he wants “every woman to have access to contraception’” but comparatively he’s CONSIDERABLY better on life issues than Obama. He’s certainly not ‘in bed’ with Planned Parenthood or any other major abortion-rights groups so there’s a much better chance of passing laws that protect the sanctity of life in all life’s stages with a Romney/Ryan administration. Another plus is that Romney may not be Catholic but he respects our beliefs and isn’t afraid to give honor and glory to Whom it belongs (God). And, while he clearly doesn’t believe birth control is evil, he isn’t going to force anyone to use it or anyone to pay for it for others if they do (believe it’s evil).
Aside from those important life and religious aspects, our country is in serious need of an economic recovery which in turn affects everything–our life, our liberty, and our pursuit of happiness. When the economy sucks, life sucks and people do sucky things that don’t help themselves, their families, or the population as a whole.
I don’t believe the government can ‘fix’ the economy with the wave of a wand (I hope they don’t have that much power). I do think the government can either get in the way of fixing it and make it worse (like the past 4 years) or, it can be involved in a way that allows the economy to fix itself over time. I’m for the latter and, for the most part, so is Romney. He knows what it’s like to work in a business, he knows what it takes to start and maintain a successful business. Business is what runs our economy and, in this scenario, it makes sense to let Romney lead our country to get our economy going in the right direction again.
Politics is such a personal topic; yet, as much as we want to avoid it, we can’t—it’s an important part of our lives. Voting is a big deal. It’s not as simple as what to make for dinner and not quite as complicated as who to marry (but maybe close to that for some). For many in this country, who you vote for and what party you belong to is right up there with religion and alcohol. Unfortunately, this can make for some rather contentious conversations amongst family and friends.
For that reason, it’s something some people shy away from discussing, and that’s understandable, we all like to keep things peaceful. During these overwhelming election times, many get tired of hearing their friends/family talk or post about politics, again understandably. It’s such a hot topic issue; it’s hard not to offend someone or be offended when we share our opinions or links to other people’s opinions. The media/entertainment world cashes in on this big time and suddenly things like Planned Parenthood and “binders of women” are more newsworthy than terrorist attacks and trillion dollar debts.
True to our ‘do what you feel good about but leave me alone’ relativistic society, people generally don’t like being told who or how to vote. Our voting decisions and political affiliations are important and individual but if we really want our candidate to win we the majority of others have to agree with our opinions and vote for who we vote for so it’s natural that people will try to convince others to vote like them. There are good ways of doing this (nicely and politely and with facts), there are bad ways of doing this (condescending and accusatory and with made-up ‘facts’), and there are ugly ways (bribes, cheating, threats, etc).
That said, I’ve been working on this post for a few
days weeks now but don’t feel I got my thoughts out as best as I’d like. (I’d be surprised if anyone actually read through this whole novel). I’m sharing my opinions, I know not everyone will agree but here they are anyway. My intention for sharing is not to make anyone out there feel dumb or lesser than me for voting differently but as ‘food for thought’ for these important elections. I do hope you’ll join me in voting for Romney for President but don’t do it just because I said so.
And remember, this is an important decision but it’s not the only thing; thankfully, there’s much more to life than politics. Like cute and precious babies.