Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: The Five Reasons Why I Plan to Vote for Obama
Posted on 08/28/2012 8:28:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
After weeks of op-ed pieces against our President, Id like to offer a dissenting viewpoint. I like and respect and consider Jack Bennett a friend, but disagree with him politically. I have no doubt that it will set off a series of tyrannical rants from the right, and thats okay. Im a liberal Christian, sixty-two year old female, Democrat and retired educator (in order of importance to me). For as long as I can remember my litmus test for those I vote for is based on a quote from the late Vice President Hubert Humphrey: The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick needy and the handicapped. For me, Barack Obamas life, career record and philosophy most reflects the values presented in the quote.
1. The children. Its no accident that teachers, like other union members, support Democratic candidates most of the time. Obama worked for children and schools as a state legislator in Illinois and continues to see the problems with standardized testing being used as the sole measure of a students achievement. Romney thinks class size is irrelevant to student success. There are studies that go both ways on that one, but ask almost any teacher. Obama is willing to listen to students, parents and teachers. I dont get that from Romney.
2. The aged, sick, needy, handicapped. Ill lump these together because too often being old and being sick go together. Medicare and Social Security are so important to many of our seniors and the historical record shows that the Democrats have been the ones to protect it. Organizations for retirees agree. Ryan, Bush, Santorum and other members of the GOP were determined to privatize social security and throw that money on the stock market. With health care, we are just about the only modern nation that doesnt provide quality health care to all its citizens. Obama care isnt perfect yet it is so much like Romney care from Massachusetts! At least weve taken the first steps. The American Council of Churches, AARP and many other groups support these efforts. All these programs can be saved and reformed if members of Congress stop worrying about re-election and try to work together.
3.To Humphreys list of who government should look out for I would add some others: Pets-It may be silly, but I would never carry my beloved dog on the roof of my car. Victims of bullying-as a teacher you try to curb this, but can only do so much. It may be reaching, but I dont like people who prey on or in Mitts case beat up on weaker individuals. Veterans-Obama has worked to get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan and increase benefits for veterans. I understand Romney got several deferments and along with mission work, studied French in Paris during the Vietnam War. Women and racial minorities-I try to respect all religions and have no idea what hell do, but a cursory glance at the history of Mormonism or Church of Latter Day Saints raises all kinds of concerns about racism and empowerment of women. Victims of incest and rape- Paul Ryan(who would be a heart beat from the presidency) opposes abortion even when the mother is the victim of incest and rape. That to me should be a very personal decision. Mitt was once pro choice, pro gay and pro gun control. He claims hes done a big turn, so I dont really know where he stands on many social issues. In the area of civil rights and human rights, Obama wins hands down in my humble opinion. Conservatives claim they dont want government interference but then try to get the government to tell women and gays what they can and cannot do.
4. His persona. Obama is a likeable guy that I can relate to. He seems like a good husband and dad who really cares about people. He wasnt born wealthy. He and Michelle had student loans and he drove around in old clunker cars even when he was in the Illinois legislature. He lived in crummy apartments and lived paycheck to paycheck. He could have made big bucks in the private sector, but chose teaching and service. I respect that. Hes patriotic but doesnt think every war is equally just. I can connect with him. Like his granddad, my dad went out and signed up to serve and defend our country the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. Hes a Constitutional Scholar who understands the need for limits to our rights. He doesnt want to take away anyones guns but questions whether private citizens need automatic rifles. I find the Republican mayor of NYC much more outspoken on gun control. I also like that he is of mixed race and has lived and experienced other cultures. He sees the shades of grey (nothing to do with those novels!) when it comes to global issues like the Middle East and global warming.
5. His record. General Motors is Alive and Bin Laden is Dead. Great bumper sticker and true. NASA is privatized, credit card companies are more honest and the economy is coming back. I think we were on the verge of a major depression in 2008. Romneys policies sound scarily like those of George W. We cant blame the man for all thats wrong with the world. Gas prices reflect oil company greed (he did make BP clean up the Gulf) more than presidential policy. There are several sites that list accomplishments of his first administration. Check them out.
Its clearly going to be a close election. I have tried to warm up to Romney and just havent been able to sense that he gives a darn about my demographic or the demographics that I care about. I fear what blunders hell make across the pond. I dont think he can inspire us or bring us together as a nation. He was strongly disliked during his one term governorship. I could say lots more and should include footnotes, but space is always at a premium. If this gets printed, I sincerely thank the KP for its independence.
I have to leave my computer, but I’ll just comment on #1, The Children.
Obama is the most extreme baby killer in U.S. presidential history, bar none.
Why even bother?
they must be desperate if they’re now quoting Hubert H. Humphrey to justify their candidate, lol!
(retired educator) I stopped reading right there
3.To Humphreys list of who government should look out for I would add some others: Pets-It may be silly, but I would never carry my beloved dog on the roof of my car.
Obama doesn’t put his dog on the car, he sits next to her in it!
“Im a liberal Christian”
This is all I needed to hear. What she means is I am a phony.
She has nothing to say.
Idiots like this are why we are doomed.
Saundra McKee, retired educator, still a moron.
Wow. Someone who reveres Hubert Humphrey.
That’s all I need to know about their qualifications.
spoken like a Socialist and useful idiot
“Obama doesnt put his dog on the car, he sits next to her in it!”
How dare you associate dogs with that, ah, woman!
1.) I drank anti-freeze when I was little.
2.) My momma always said I was good for nothing and don't want to make her a liar.
3.) I man at the shelter gave me fifty dollars.
4.) I want rich people to suffer.
5.) I would have his baby.
How close was I?
IIRC, Vice President Humphrey was as strong as the Founding Fathers on RKBA and pro-life. So he probably wouldn’t be welcome in the DFL Party today.
To compound your apt comments about this vile creature, being a liberal and Christian is simply not possible. Although not all Conservatives are necessarily Christian, all true Christians are Conservative by definition. The intersection of liberals and Christians forms the null set.
Exactly, she says,
“Im a liberal Christian, sixty-two year old female, Democrat and retired educator (in order of importance to me).”
Well she is truthful about the order and we know the first always trumps all others. Though she was probably not truthful in that she is more likely a retired indoctrinator than educator.
Oh, sure you have.
Baraq Obama is the laziest person ever to step foot in the White House. He did nothing as a community organizer. He did nothing at the Harvard Law Review. He did nothing as a college lecturer. He did nothing as a state legislator. He did nothing as a US Senator. And he has done nothing as President.
Even today (after a 3-day weekend), his only act as President was to give a statement about the hurricane, and in that statement, he basically told everyone to do what their local officials tell them to do. In other words, don't look to the White House for leadership. No one will be there.