Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Well, thank goodness

With apologies to my conservative friends, I'm doing a little jig right now over the election results. Be glad you can't see it (my jig, not the election results - you are free to look at those).

While I acknowledge that President Obama perhaps has not done enough for the economy (and has not succeeded in reducing unemployment as much as one would like), I think it's important to remember that he's one man and that he's accomplished quite a bit despite the erection of sizable roadblocks from the GOP.  (See, it is possible to use the word erection in a sentence and not have it mean something dirty!) Our memories are short, though. I had to do some Googling myself in order to be reminded of the President's many accomplishments.

Although Mitt Romney may have a certain amount of business acumen, I'm not sure it makes up for all he lacks. During the campaign, he made his disdain for women, same-sex couples, and low-income families pretty clear. Had he become president, I was also extremely concerned that he would strip away environmental protections. At times he has stated that he accepts the concept of climate change, and at other times he has rejected the concept. The dude makes me nervous. I think it makes me a little bit apprehensive any time someone rejects science. And don't even get me started on axing PBS (.00014% of the federal budget) and Planned Parenthood (check out this graph if you haven't seen it - one of their primary activities is doling out birth control and the more they dole out, the lower the abortion rate will be . . . or at least that theory seems viable in my mind). I will say that as frightened as I am of Mitt Romney, I was even more frightened of Rick Santorum. :::shudder:::

My daughter accompanied me to the polls on Tuesday. She fully understands that her dad and I belong to different political parties. We also practice different religions and have lots of other differences, too (music, books, movies, etc.) So, if nothing else, she'll grow up understanding that she has lots of choices. I'm trying to raise a free thinker here! She accompanied me into the voting booth, and I showed her my ballot and how it all works. I'm hoping that she'll remember the importance of voting and of paying attention to what elected officials are up to (good or bad).

I did a little math and my daughter will vote in her first presidential election in 2024, when she will be 19 years old.  I will be 54 . . . assuming she hasn't driven me into an early grave. She seems to be making that her full-time job lately (lots of eye-rolling, smart ass comments, etc.), so we'll see . . .

See the hand on the hip? Sassy 'tude.

2 comments:

Sammy said...

I'm thrilled with the election results across the board. I'm almost happier about Elizabeth Warren than I am about Obama. Almost.

It's funny, my husband and I are different races, religions, and are from different classes, but the one thing I couldn't handle would be if we had different political views. I just couldn't handle it. I respect couples who can.

I'm afraid I'm not raising a free thinker. I've had no problem telling my 4-year old that Mitt Romney doesn't share or help people and that's why we don't like him. I have a vivid memory of my father seriously telling me that Ronald Reagan was a very bad man. It worked out ok for me (I have the same far left leanings as my parents), but my fear with Khai is that having such liberal parents is going to totally backfire and we're going to have an Alex P. Keaton on our hands!

AmyD said...

What a fair and polite way to share your feelings about the election. I've been very careful not to mention it on Facebook because there are so many of my conservative friends just flipping out and saying the nastiest things.

I couldn't agree with you more on all of it and I'm very happy we get another four years. Things are not going as well as I would like for them to be, but I believe they are better than they were 4 years ago. I also think that it is going to take more than 4 years to clean up the mess left by the previous administration.

Also? I have 3 kids and the eye rolling thing drives me bonkers! ;)