Wednesday, September 26, 2012
In 2008, I considered myself a Republican for Obama, but the issues I felt most strongly about were pulling me farther and farther left. Besides, the GOP had been given 8 years, and I thought they'd completely blown it. Not long after the election, I started to identify as an Independent. And now, I find myself firmly in the Democratic Party. Not that I agree with everything, but this is the party that now more closely represents what I believe in.
So, the election is coming, and I'm feeling more and more like this one is so vital to the direction the country takes. For me, it's choosing a country that is making strides toward equality, recognizing that we're not there yet when it comes to the GLBT community, women, race, and more. But also recognizing that we have the potential to go so much farther than we have, because at our core we are a people who believe in fairness and equality. We are a people who can work together to find ways to make sure that more people have access to healthcare, food, clothing, shelter, the basics we need for survival, as well as education, and opportunity for advancement. We can become a country where, again, we have a greater ability to raise ourselves up and strengthen our middle class through a strong and educated consumer base. A country where babies are loved before and after birth, and women are given the support they need in difficult circumstances, so that they feel like there really is a choice for life that can be made.
I know people are getting burned out on politics, on cartoons and commentary, on listening to gaffes and cruel soundbites. But I sit here, hopeful for the future, and hoping that the decisions we make in the coming weeks, can move us forward. I'm watching the races for offices both local and national, with baited breath, and more than a small amount of excitement.