When Obama was elected in 2008 I thought the world was coming to an end. I hated the idea of a Democrat being in office, even though I had no idea what his platform was or any of his beliefs. I was just convinced that, as a Republican, McCain was the better option (though I didn’t know what his plans were either). Basically I was super uneducated for the whole election. As the years have gone by I’ve become much more liberal in my political beliefs. Though I am still wouldn’t consider myself an “Obama supporter”, and I’m still fiscally conservative, I am much more liberal when it comes to social issues. But we aren’t here to talk about my beliefs. We are here to discuss why this election year, you should not vote for anyone from the Republican party. Many people who support Romney or Santorum accuse Obama of not getting anything done during his presidency, which is incredibly untrue. He may have backed out on some of his promises, but here are just a few things he’s done right so far (from whattheheckhasobamadonesofar.com):
- The Healthcare Reform. I’m not saying that the Affordable Care Act is perfect by any means. But there are some things that it did right. Things that will be taken away if a member of the GOP gets elected into office. For one, it prevents insurance companies from denying insurance because of a preexisting condition. This is a huge deal because it means if you have something like cancer or asthma you can’t get charged a higher price or get denied coverage. It also “covers recommended preventive services without charging out of pocket costs. Services like mammograms, colonoscopies, immunizations, pre-natal and new baby care are now covered, and insurance companies are prohibited from charging deductibles, co-payments or co-insurance” (whitehouse.gov).
- Significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act
- Expanded hate crime law to include sexual orientation
- Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
- Signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, approving equal pay legislation for women.
- Passed the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. This “helped to reduce the rate of low-income uninsured children by expanding eligibility levels and simplifying enrollment procedures” (www.kff.org)
Not only has he done some pretty great stuff, he also believes that the wealthy should pay their fair share of taxes, and that women should have control over what they do with their bodies.
Then we have the other team. The Grand Ol’ Party. It’s basically come down to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum at this point. One of these men is significantly worse than the other, but we’ll get there later on. A few online polls show that if the election was held right now, Romney and Obama would come out pretty even.
Here are some of the things Romney would do while in office:
- Issue “Obamacare” wavers to all 50 states his first day in office. He also has his own plan that claims that people with a preexisting condition wouldn’t be denied coverage “after being continuously covered for a specific period”. Okay.
- Keep/increase the amount of troops in Iraq
- End federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Here’s where we get to the part that I wish didn’t have to be discussed, but we unfortunately have to go there. The only reason funding would get pulled from this company is because they provide abortions. Those that are pro-life seem to think that’s the only thing that Planned Parenthood does which is just incredibly ignorant. Planned parenthood not only provides free breast cancer screenings, but they also “help prevent more than 584,000 unintended pregnancies each year, provides sexual and reproductive health care, education, and information to nearly five million women, men, and adolescents worldwide each year (information that is not allowed in many schools), provides more than four million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV”. Only THREE PERCENT of their services involve abortions. All of this information can be found on the Planned Parenthood website.
- Champion the Federal Marriage Amendment to the constitution. This would define that a marriage is specifically between a man and a woman.
Even with his many flaws, Romney has nothing on the evil that is Rick Santorum. Many of any Republican candidates ideas seem to come from their religious beliefs. And nobody, NOBODY is guiltier of this that Rick Santorum. A absolutely abhor Santorum not only as a “liberal”, but as a woman. The idea that there are people out there who support this man is bad enough, but the fact that there are women who think this man should be president makes me sick to my stomach. Santorum has the most ass backwards ideas I’ve ever seen.
- He thinks pregnancy caused by rape or incest is a “blessing from God”
- Thinks global warming is “junk science”
- Wants to deny contraception to women to cause less pregnancies. What?
- Believes that women are better off at home than at the workplace
- Thinks that women shouldn’t be allowed in combat
- Is an Islamaphobe and promises to bomb Iraqi weapon bases while in office
- BELIEVES THAT GETTING AN EDUCATION IS DANGEROUS
- Doesn’t believe in separation of church and state
- Promises to nullify all existing same sex marriages
There are a ton more things that make Santorum an awful person, but if that list alone isn’t enough to make people see that this man is a bad choice, allow me to expand. This man is not only a raging homophobe, sexist, and racist, he essentially wants to make his religion the law of the land. I’m not trying to make this post a war on Christians. I myself am and agnostic theist. I am, however, wanting people to realize that one man shouldn’t allow his one religion to rule an entire country made up of thousands of other religions. He justifies his “isms” and phobias by throwing God into the mix, and he thinks that’s okay. I saw a great quote from Maryland law professor Jamie Raskin which read, “When you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You didn’t place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible“. I wholeheartedly believe that these are words every politician would live by.
I completely understand if you don’t think Obama should be in office. Like I said earlier, I am not a supporter. But replacing Obama with somebody like Santorum is like replacing Mojo Jojo with Emperor Palpatine. You’re taking somebody that’s kinda sorta bad and replacing him with somebody that is 100% AWFUL.
So please, if you’re eligible to vote this election year, vote for the lesser of two evils.