The 2012 presidential election is in four days and I am an undecided voter. Over the past several months, I've had strong feelings about each candidate, to the point where I thought "I know who has my vote." However, I've changed my mind over and over again. You see, I HATE politics. I love democracy but I HATE politics. Personally I believe both candidates are full of empty promises that they make just to get elected. They're not really going to DO anything. If Obama gets re-elected, it will be four more years of the same. If Romney gets elected, he'll realize it isn't so easy to undo every Obama policy ever made and might even be swayed to continue certain pre-existing policies. I still haven't looked at my PA ballot to see what else we're voting for. I've paid attention to the campaigns, read recaps on the debates, I know where the candidates stand on the issues, or at least where they think they stand, but I still don't know who has my vote.
I consider myself a political moderate. I'm for gay marriage and gay rights, for some of my dearest friends are gay. I'm pro-social services due to my job. I do think the welfare and public assistance system could use some reform. I'm pro gun rights...the crazy people shooting up things? A lot of them obtained their guns legally. There were other issues that made them go off the deep end and cause widespread tragedy. The "thugs" on the streets? They get guns illegally. I highly doubt stricter gun laws will prevent or reduce the number of gun violence incidents.
I'm pro-life except for incest, rape, or if the mother is in terrible danger. I know as a women I am expected to praise "a women's right to choose what is best for her body" but honestly, wear a condom, take birth control, practice safe sex. So many women out there just get laid because their man says "I love you. I want to have a baby by you." Then the man leaves, they are pregnant and they want to just erase their "mistake" because they've found themselves in the middle of a life-altering reality. Every woman has her reason and I can't judge the whole world of women, but there are measures to prevent pregnancy BEFORE it happens and I don't understand why more women don't use it. Note: I'm not including rape or incest in this generalization.
I don't think Planned Parenthood is the anti-Christ.
I think marijuana should be legalized. I'm grateful all companies must provide birth control for their female employees. Some people are on birth control so they CAN have kids someday. Perhaps certain organs don't work the way they should and women are prescribed birth control to make those organs work. I know from experience.
I'd pro-Equal Pay Act. Just because I have ovaries doesn't mean I should be paid less than an equally educated man.
There needs to be more federal aid and financial assistance for post secondary education. There is no reason why graduate students should be barred from obtaining subsidized loans. We need more jobs. Gas needs to get cheaper. We need to protect our environment better. I'm for taxing the wealthy a little bit more, but maybe that is because I am not wealthy. I'm for tax cuts and I do think our national debt is ridiculous.
I hate getting into political debates because you always run into someone who feels so strongly about their beliefs that they will knock down all of your beliefs and try to force their agenda on you. Which is why, I stay mute when people talk politics. I don't feel like being called an idiot for my conservative ideals or a "bleeding heart liberal" for my more liberal ideals. I'm a moderate. I sit on the fence. I wait to be swayed.
I will vote on November 6th. I will read up on other ballot issues. I will stand behind whatever decision I make. But its November 2nd and I don't know who I'm going to vote for yet.
Until next time...