Ok. So I admit. I’ve been a little bonkers with the facebook posts. This election is incredibly important to me. More than 2008, more than 2001, more than ever.
I want to take a second to talk to my friends who don’t think it’s important to vote or have decided not to vote because they feel their vote doesn’t count, or that by not voting they are protesting American politics.
I know many of you are disenchanted. I know you are disheartened and I know a lot of people think it doesn’t matter. Here are a few paragraphs as to why I think it does:
First, it is your right. But so what? Ok, I get it, a lot of people have the right to vote in the world, not just Americans, so why is it so important?
My fellow ladies, we gained the right to vote in America in 1920. Less then a hundred years ago WOMEN DID NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN AMERICA. So, even if you feel your vote doesn’t matter, I would ask you to take a day to honor your grandmothers and great grandmothers who fought so hard to give you a vote to blow off.
Same thing goes for minorities: 1869. And there have been a whole lot of people trying to make it hard for minorities in 2012, and if it weren’t for a few judges, it might have happened. You vote for judges. Judges who made decisions on things like voter ID laws and early voting.
I am proud to exercise my right to vote. Yes, the electoral college makes things… frustrating. But the benefits outweigh the doubts. In California prop 37 deals with the labeling of genetically modified food and prop 32 with union pay checks and campaign finance. These things are important and effect our everyday lives.
Speaking of which dear LADIES , whether or not you like the current administration, there are a lot of people out there that want to change your rights as women if they get into power. Romney and Ryan both stated they want to repeal Roe vs. Wade. They also want to repeal The Affordable Care Act which has specific provisions to make sure women are not charged more than men for the same health care, that mammograms are covered, that pregnacy is not considered a pre-existing condition, that everyone can get coverage if they are currently uninsured, even if they have a pre-existing condition (DIFFERENT from Romeny’s plan which DOES NOT cover pre-existing conditions if you DO NOT already have insurance).
Ryan actually voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that makes it easier for women to challenge unequal pay in the work place and Romney stands by that vote.
Women in Arizona now start their pregnancy on the first day after their their last period, which means they are always pregnant. This sets a dangerous precedent. If Obamacare is repealed, that puts women in Arizona in a permanent state of a pre-exisiting condition and they could be denied coverage for simply being a woman. This would also make it harder for women to get an independent plan.
Ryan also supports Trans-Vaginal Ultra Sounds which forces women to watch an ultra sound of their own uterus before an abortion. They also want to shut down Planned Parenthood, one of the few places lower income women, young women, and uninsured women can receive care for prevention, and have important screenings and tests done.
The Republican Party is running on a platform, that seems to me, a platform to keep women from being independent. Less pay, no independent coverage, forced medical procedures and the loss of the right to choose what to do with their own body.
That is enough for me to get off my ass and vote, even if I am disappointed in American politics and Obama.
BUT HEY! I’M NOT DISSAPOINTED IN OBAMA (Debate aside, that thing was a train wreck).
My point is, please vote.
But I’m also going to make a small case as to why it would mean so much to me if you did vote for Obama.
I don’t think it is a secret as to my feelings on The Affordable Care Act. Here in California, where it has been enacted early, it has made a huge difference in the lives of Stu and I.
The 80/20 rule states that insurance companies must spend 80 percent of our premium on our personal care, which helps keep our rates from skyrocketing, and if they do, we get a check back. We have gotten up to 275 dollars back in one month.
Second, I am pregnant. This would have not happened without Obamacare. Before July 2012 I would have had to purchase a $1000 -$2000 a month rider on top of our around $600 a month premium just to start to be covered for pregnancy. Now I am covered under my existing plan, and once I hit my ridiculous deductible I’ll be covered one hundred percent. There is no way we could have afforded this future for ourselves without Obama.
This means I can afford to have a family. It means our parents can be grandparents, my niece and nephew will have cousins and we will have new joy in my life. That, again, is enough to get my vote.
But that’s not all he’s done. I bet he’s championed or enacted something that means something big to you, like The Dream Act, The Ledbetter Act, Repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Expanded Pell Grants, Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards, Signed a new GI Bill, Passed Credit Card Reforms, The Fair Sentencing Act, Signed the Hate Crime Prevention Act, Expanded Stem Cell Research and much much more.
Here’s a short list:
So, yeah, I’m asking you to vote. I know you might not vote for my candidate, though I do hope you take the time to think about it, and what the next four years would be like without him.
Please vote. It IS important.