It would be real easy to say that this blog is not political. What with the What I Wore Wednesday posts and constant blather about nail polish but it really can’t be denied.
I have a child named after one President. His photo hangs on her bedroom wall right next to this sign in her window. Her sister who sleeps in the bunk below her is named after a suffragist imprisoned by President Wilson in a jail right near our home. Her middle name is Presidential too. Honestly, if I could have gotten away with naming the third kid Cady Nixon Stanton or Lincoln Sanger I would have done that too.
When I met with the campaign in August it was a small gathering and I couldn’t quite figure out why I was in a room with such impressive women who blog about politics daily. I live in a house where I keep my election fever almost nil, my blog hardly talks politics at all except in the moderate vein and then only about the importance of voting or women’s rights. I’m one of two registered Independents in my home. I lean to the left, my husband to the right. Talking politics isn’t something he likes to do. At all. Both former Republicans who remain fiscally conserevative we both aim for moderation and bipartisianship. Not easy in these current times. It’s easier to be a people pleaser and lie. I quickly realized that it’s my moderate voice that is wanted. It’s my Independent vote that is needed.
So come election day my vote is going to the current President and here is why. I believe in moderation. I believe in taking time to make decisions and looking at all sides before making a choice. In the matters that count, in the actions that need to be taken to turn our country around, Obama has done this as well. Whit Honea from the blog, Honea Express recently wrote,
“I have based my decision to support President Obama, not on any single hot-button issue, but rather the way in which he approaches them all. President Obama makes his decisions with a combination of intelligence, experience, and compassion. He addresses situations with determination and fairness. He treats Americans, and all citizens of the world, with honesty and respect.”
When it comes to the issues that matter to me the President doesn’t make things into “women’s issues” but instead refers to them as family issues. Issues that the whole nation needs to deal with and see as not just females in order to achieve any sort of flexible work options, work/life balance, fair pay and fair health care . Yes, it is 2012 and women not only pay more at the dry cleaner they pay more for insurance too, all while making less money. Calling these matters women’s only issues is a massive disservice that furthers our inability to achieve the balance our society needs. I want a President who garners respect worldwide and can handle matters with diplomacy. I believe that Obama has proven himself in this arena domestically and globally.
To me, what our country needs is a lesson in time. To remember the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. To those that cry foul and say four years is enough time to fix our country’s problems, I say that is precisely what is wrong with us. We only seek solutions which give us instant gratification and we no longer see how big the problems are and that it will take long periods of time to fix them and see the end results. I believe that our current President is in tune with this idea and that real change, actual moves forward with lasting results can only happen with time.