What are your thoughts about tomorrow’s election in the United States?
Fear. I am afraid of what the country would look like under Mitt Romney, or any person who does not value social programs. I worked for over three years in a non-profit that helped CashAid (Welfare) recipients afford child care. I saw the number of people we were able to help become smaller and smaller due to budget cuts. I believe in my bones that safety nets need to be in place to help people when they find themselves on the bottom. I also now that as our budget shrunk, the regulations and rules to qualify for help became stricter. The idea of a “welfare mom” taking advantage of the system goes against everything I know or have experienced.
I am afraid for the elimination of a woman’s right to choose. I am not pro-abortion, I am pro-choice because I acknowledge that we make decisions sometimes that have consequences that are beyond our imaginations. I became pregnant after dating my husband for just over a month. What would I have done if he abandoned us? Would I have had an abortion? Would I have hoped I could take advantage of social programs to help me? I don’t know the answer. I am lucky that my husband and I took the path we did. However, if that wasn’t the case it is not up to the government to tell me what my path should be. If I chose to have a baby and be a solo-parent, I damn well deserve the right to have that choice be my own and empowering.
More than anything, I am concerned about the divisiveness in our country. I believe that we’re all mostly the same, with some variations on a couple of hot-button items. I think there are things bigger than labels of Democrat or Republican… things like the hurricane. Things like taking care of each other. Things like taking care of our children and our elderly. I wish we could focus on the things we have in common more than we do. (Myself included.)