Election Eve #NaBloPoMo

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.)

 

::Drops Mic::

5 Responses to “Election Eve #NaBloPoMo”

  1. The last paragraphs is my favorite because we DO need to focus more on what we have common, rather than what we don’t. And what if we just went with the commonality rather than trying to constantly hurt/ignore/persecute the other side for their belief? I imagine the U.S. would be a happier place across the board and maybe it’s cliched, but perhaps we would all get along better…

  2. I feel exactly as you do and I thank you for putting your perspective out there. I published a post outlining what matters to me in this election and I was so scared people would get mad at me. So far as I know, no one did!

  3. Right on. I’m afraid of what the US would look like under Romney/Ryan but I’m trying not to think about it. Also, your last paragraph states my thoughts beautifully.

    In NY we have a new thing called DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) and while it focuses on Bullying quite a bit, one of the things I’ve been seeing schools do is up their diversity programs to show that the kids have more in common than not. Everyone lines up on the side of the basketball court and they take steps forward or back based on the question asked about likes, dislikes, family set ups, after school activities, etc. It’s neat to watch in person. Maybe adults should try it.

  4. I keep thinking about this line from Sorkin’s Newsroom: “This country has not been this polarized since the Civil War.” If that’s true, I mean, THE CIVIL WAR. This divisiveness is probably one of the most disheartening things about being a voter. But I love that you posted this–not many people, myself included, post much about our political views. And I’m crossing my fingers for tomorrow!

  5. Thanks for posting this. It’s so important that everyone goes out and votes tomorrow.
    I also wish we could concentrate more on the things that we all have in common than on the things that divide us…. hopefully that will be possible once the election is over.
    I have hope.

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