A few months ago, I wrote about an incident from my youth and also a rather controversial topic that was hot in the news at the time. This post, featuring me when I was a more close-minded soul and the issue of gay marriage and Chick-fil A’s stance about it, earned me many accolades from readers as well as disdain in the form of stopping following my blog and “unliking” me on Facebook. The hardest lesson a person who writes learns is that you can’t make everyone happy, there will be people who think you are not worth reading and they will criticize.
This stood in the way of my writing for a very long time. I am a person who strives to make everyone happy. But as I age, I see that it is impossible. And I also don’t care as much as I used to because I have come to terms with my own awesomeness. As my late drama teacher used to say, “Modesty is for people who don’t have talent.” That being said…
Haters, hate on. You are about to get my two cents, which is really more like $5.00.
I have thus far avoided bringing my personal political views into this blog. The reasons I chose to avoid the subject are varied, and quite irrelevant. But an “Orange Peel” that must be revisited is the fact that I made my first political comment at the age of four, when President Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States of America and my father was laid off from his job at General Motors, thus causing money to be tight. I told my Dad that I liked it better when Jimmy Carter was President because when he was in office, I got to go to McDonald’s. True story.
I have friends who have made up their minds about who they are going to vote for. I know some of my friends won’t vote, and that really saddens me, but it is up to each person whether they choose to do their civic duty. I am going to vote for Barack Obama. Here is why:
- I am a woman. I did not choose to be a woman. But the fact is that my body is pretty complicated. No person should be allowed to dictate to me what I need to do with said body. Any party that seeks to define my medical rights because of my gender and looks to find loopholes by defining degrees of violence like rape, can kiss my golden brown tushie.
- I have pre-existing conditions. I work hard. I should not have to decide between paying rent and paying for medicines. Because I do work hard. Just as hard as people without pre-existing conditions. Sometimes harder, because it is not easy having pre-existing conditions and forcing yourself to get up, out of bed and to work on time when your body is not well.
- I have a college degree that I am paying back federal loans for. Life is better with student loan reform. And so much better with education.
- I am not rich. I am not going to act like I am included in the 1% the GOP protects. They do not care what happens to people like me.
- I know how to do simple math. Even though I have a degree in English.
- I am an American. I think it is pretty bad that so many people are losing their jobs because of big corporations shipping jobs to other places, just to make a bigger profit.
- Finally, Mitt Romney has changed his story too many times. As a person who writes, I know that stories that change are better known as fiction.
So there is a week until the election. And this is my viewpoint. I am now nine times the age I was when I commented about Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. I will hope and pray, that come six months from now, I will not be saying, “I liked it better when Barack Obama was President. I could afford my medicine and insurance then.” Because I can do without McDonald’s,but not so much without my healthcare.