In My Opinion
Winning at All Costs: My Thoughts on the 2012 Presidential Election
This year was the worst election I have ever voted in. I have only voted in 4 Presidential elections prior but I can say this one was the worst. I sat down and thought about why I am so angry. This isn’t the first time my choice wasn’t selected, so it's not because I am a sore loser.
I believe this Presidential campaign was created to directly divide Americans. I'm also not entirely convinced that the television stations and radio stations aren’t being issued a gag order. The message sought to divide people. You were either for gay marriage or not. You believed in universal health care or you did not. You believe in abortion or you don't. You either believed in expanding government support or finding a way to move away from it. You were for taxing the rich to help the poor, or you hated the poor. You believed that people had the ability to make their own money without the governments’ intervention, or you didn’t. You believed that our current foreign policies were acceptable, or you didn't. You thought the school systems were doing better, or they needed a major change. You sought information, or you accepted what was communicated to you.
The propaganda played on people’s fear and lack of education. If you do not vote this way, then your rights will be taken away. It is unfortunate that most people really do not understand how laws are created or upheld. It is most unfortunate that in all the debates I watched there was very little content. In addition, I had a difficult time discerning in print what the actual plans were on both sides.
I have many open conversations on Facebook and I am brave enough to do so with 37,000 people available to chime in. I am not a fan of large government and I never have been. I usually vote for the candidate that has a solid background in business or military experience since the role of President is that of a business professional and military leader.
I told people I was planning on voting for Mitt Romney because of my desire to end the spending and encourage a different approach to economic issues. I believed he had the best ability to create and sustain jobs in this economic climate. I was immediately told my vote was ridiculous because I am a woman.
Does a woman not have the ability to see business over birth control? Should my birth control options be more important to me than my employment options? How about the welfare of my children and the legacy that I believe we are leaving behind “Help” saddled in debt.
I felt like this election brought out the worst in individuals. We began to attack one another based on religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social status, and gender. I do not remember a time in history that this was more apparent. I think that is really why I am still grappling with the election results. Not because my choice didn’t win, but because winning came at such a high price.