Wednesday, November 7, 2012
My Thoughts On the Election
I have family, friends, and fans in both political parties who are passionate about their point of view. Sometimes if I don't immediately agree with them or have an opposite viewpoint on a particular topic, I'm usually tagged as being on "the other side."
The reality is that I'm an independent voter. I vote for who best reflects my viewpoint when it comes to upholding the ideals of the Constitution and equality for all Americans. In the past I have voted Republican Libertarian, and Democrat in a variety of races, both national and local. I also have a healthy dislike of the two party system (I think it creates the contention we've seen this year), I don't care for the electoral vote (I'd rather we go popular vote), and I really dislike the long length of the presidential election.
I am also a person of faith. I have a very strong belief in God that is the foundation of my life. I believe wholeheartedly in the teachings of Jesus, but not necessarily in those of any particular church. I also believe that everyone has a right to believe, or not believe, as they see fit. I believe my faith is personal and I don't strive to push my beliefs on anyone else.
I am also a woman and I care about the issues that affects us. I believe in equality for all. I believe in fiscal and social responsibility. Also, as a freelancer I care a lot about taxes (OUCH!) and healthcare.
When I was growing up I was taught to respect the president whether I voted for him (and hopefully one day, her) or not. I was taught to pray that our nation's leaders be wise in their actions. I was taught that at the end of the day we are all Americans, no matter our party affiliation. The downright hostility and anger I saw on the social media sites throughout the election process greatly saddened me and downright depressed me at times.
So how do I feel after the election?
I was VERY happy to see the asshats who talked about "legitimate rape" and that sort of nonsense lose their bids. I was happy to see equality taking root in four more States. I was also happy to see so many women (both Republican and Democrat) taking their place in Congress. I was glad that Governor Romney was gracious in defeat (though McCain's concession speech was far superior 4 years ago). I was impressed with President Obama's acceptance speech and felt it hit all the right notes to move our country forward. I pray that God will give him the wisdom to move us forward as a united nation after such a hostile election, and I would have done the same if Governor Romney had won.
And that's all I got to say...
Posted by Rhiannon Frater