what actually matters?

With the 2012 Presidential election just 3 weeks out, the debates are getting harsh. The candidates are getting to the nitty-gritty, and the parties and just getting down right nasty towards each other. Can I write myself in as a candidate? Some days, I honestly think I could make better progress and decisions than these men do… Then I remember – oh yeah, the President is one branch of a three branch system. If the branches don’t all work together in sync, nothing will happen, except leaves falling to the ground. Now, elect me as the speaker of the house, then I’d really have a chance to make a difference. Well, maybe not with our horrifically split congress. I digress.

As we all get ready to march over to our local polling centers on 06November, we must all really take a minute to step back and analyze what we are really voting for. Not just who they are, their family background, how they part their hair, what religion they claim to follow, but what they actually claim to want to change when/if they take office – if congress doesn’t filibuster every act they try to pass. Yay bipartisanship! *sigh*

What matters most to you this year? For me, its health care. Having worked in the health care and psychiatric fields for many years, the advances that Obama has made in the past 4 years have increased the availability of insurance to many of the people I have worked with. Uninsured and under insured will hopefully soon be a thing of the past. This whole survival of the fittest, richest will soon be over. As long as we continue to allow health care reform to evolve to the needs of this nation. Dear Mr. Romney… why are you now opposing “ObamaCare”? Oh, it’s not coined “RomneyCare”? I see, since you enacted essentially the SAME THING in Massachusetts?

Secondly, Women’s issues. Oh, Mittens… Really? Just silence your self while you are already behind. Let me state this. I do not support abortion. If I met a person that is considering it, I will do everything in my power to help them chose an alternative. But I do not believe that we should make it illegal. I believe that making abortions illegal will create and undo strain on the health care field. Instead of being in a safe, healing, understanding, accredited, nonjudgmental environment – we will have women finding back alley “doctors”, and becoming very, very, sick septic patients. Just think of the medical expenditures, the multitude of tests, surgeries, blood products, medications, and medical staff. Remember the phrase “outlaw guns, and only outlaws will have guns”? Or during the prohibition when people got “jake’s walk” and botulism from bootleg liquor? We must protect our people. In this case, providing a safe outlet for them. Abolition is not the answer, education is.

Side note: Adoption. Currently, here in the states, the supply is much less than the demand. Thousands of to-be parents wait on adoption waiting lists just hoping to get a call that someone has elected to give their child another chance at a family. Lets put some more government spending into this; as part of education in places like Planned Parenthood to (increase) this encouragement of the option to mothers.

Thirdly, Gay rights. If you don’t believe in gay marriage, don’t have one. Growing up my parents, and school teachers stated over and over again, “your right to swing your fist, ends at the tip of my nose”. It took me years really think of it outside of the context of bullies, but it applies to everything. And in this case, religion. Yes, I am religious, but the God that I read about in my Bible, surely states that I am not to throw a stone. Our nation was built upon the liberty to be who you are, free. My right to extend my religious beliefs, end where you begin. I (and the rest of religious folk) have no right to say, “God does not agree with gay marriage, therefore it is illegal for you”. Rachel Maddow had a great quote the other day “Heres the thing about rights. They’re not supposed to on. That’s why they call them rights.”

Just my two cents.