Who am I Voting for, and Why?
I’m going to wait until the Free and Equal Presidential debate (hopefully it’s captioned, we asked and update if it is) to make my final decision, maybe it wouldn’t be throwing away my vote if I voted for one of the other candidates. It’s not too late for a big upset.
If I am to vote for either Romney or Obama, I will vote Obama. Why? The list is very long, but here are a few of the reasons why. Bottom line, he’s the safer bet, especially when it comes to foreign policy, and more closely mirrors my values. Like him and his wife, I believe that healthcare is a right, that healthy eating is important, that foreign diplomacy should be done with humility and care.
The last Republican president we had left a HUGE mess for Obama to deal with – inflation, wars, real estate bubble bursting, and more. America was in a major spiraling free-falling downfall at the time – we were facing another Big Depression or worse – a bad president would have made that happen. But things got better, we’ve been slowly but surely recovering. That, to me, says that Obama did a decent job. Does he deserve all the credit? Maybe not, but at least he didn’t screw things up.
Throughout all of this, Obama managed to push through a major healthcare reform bill, something that previous administrations tried to do but failed. Sure, he didn’t accomplish everything he set out to do, but give the man a break, he had a lot on his plate and it’s only been three and a half years. I’d like to give him another four years and see what else he manages to accomplish.
As for Romney and the argument that it’s a different time, different policies, he’d do better than Bush… that doesn’t sway me. While he may be a great president for helping small businesses and our economy, what I’m most nervous about and believe most important in this day and age, is foreign policy. I REALLY do not like his hardcore attitude of “we’re going to crack down on China.” Real smart, dude… make an enemy before you’re even president?? Especially if that country is closely aligned with some of our biggest enemies?
I like Obama’s diplomatic approach, where he’s more “let’s be friends, we can work it out” and the fact that he has experience counts for a lot. America has a REALLY bad reputation in other countries as being the world’s bully, the arrogant know it all, etc. The truth is, we have a lot to learn from other countries, other cultures, where they’ve got it right. I don’t like the current dominant American culture of materialism, money is everything, fast food, wastefulness, immediate gratification, pop culture.
There is a new culture emerging, of awareness, environmental conscience, being healthy, cherishing the planet, businesses practicing social responsibility, valuing real art, and so on — I want to see this emerging culture thrive, and I think out of the two, Obama represents this culture better, while Romney more closely represents the former.