what do i stand for? {what do you?}

tomorrow is such an important day for america.  time to head to the polls and cast our vote.  local races don’t get anywhere near the attention that the presidential election receives, but it is so important to do our research.  government is local.  i spend a good bit of time in our local court system, judges have tremendous influence and power.   get to know these judges before casting your vote.

i have spoken out on facebook of my beliefs.  i sincerely love having respectful conversation from differing views.  i have been hesitant to write on my blog.  on one hand, i make income and don’t want to piss of readers.  but on the other hand, these are my beliefs.  this is what i stand for.  and i have decided that if you read this blog then you must want to know “me” on some level and it is my job as a blogger to demonstrate my most authentic self.  i will say this again but more than once never hurt anyone, it doesn’t matter your beliefs.  go vote.  so many people before did not have this freedom.  say thank you to our ancestors for standing up for what they believed in and cast your educated vote.  more than any candidate or party, i believe in democracy.  i believe every person has a right to have their voices heard.

 

i have made the conscious decision to promote what i love.  stand up for what i believe in.  without bashing the other side.  i believe what i do because of the circumstances i have experienced.  the environment in which i work.  the people i have met.  i am going to assume, that if you believe differently, then you have had difference experiences that have led you to believe what you do.  one is not right.  one is not wrong.  difference circumstances equate different beliefs.  i believe if more people recognized this simple statement, there wouldn’t be such tremendous hatred from one side to the other.

at the end of the day, i believe we have more in common than what divides us.

taxes:

i have a pretty liberal view on taxes. higher taxes (primarily for the wealthy) and a larger government are necessary to address inequity/injustice in society.  i support a government that provides for the needs of the people and create equality.  obviously, restrictions that are in place are there for a reason.  i don’t believe capable working individuals should choose not to work because the government will provide all needs.  despite what many voices report, this is not the case for anyone that i have worked with on welfare for 8 years.  welfare has restrictions and time limits.  people can not simple live off the government for their entire life.  taxes enable the government to create jobs and provide welfare programs for those in need.  government programs are a caring way to provide for the poor and needy in society.  i heard michelle obama speak back in 2008.  i adore her.  i respect her.  she said, “our country is only as great as the weakest link.”  i believe we live in a community and it is the job of the more fortunate to offer a helping hand to those less fortunate.  i believe society as a whole is stronger when all are having basic needs met.

economy:

i have a pretty conservative view on the economy.  the free market system, competitive capitalism, and private enterprise create the greatest opportunity and the highest standard of living for all.  i believe in competition.  free markets produce more economic growth, more jobs and higher standards of living than those systems burdened by excessive government regulation.  however, i do believe in some regulation.  the government must protect citizens from the greed of big business.

healthcare:

i support free or low-cost government controlled health care.  there are millions of americans who can’t afford health care and are deprived of this basic right.  there are millions that go into debt and lose their homes because of medical bills.  every american has a right to affordable health care.  this goes into my belief of a strong society, when everyone has access to quality health care, society is healthier.  families can get preventative care and never see an emergency room.  i work with families that their doctor is the emergency room.  this is not how i would want to live with my family.  i believe our citizens deserve better.

religion & government:

i strongly support the separation of church and state.  the bill of rights implies a separation of church and state.  it infuriates me to no end to hear the christian believers talk about how their religious liberty is being threatened.  how about, you are not the only group of people with beliefs.  i loved this quiz i found.  10 questions to see if your religious liberty is being threatened.  the only way to ensure your own religious liberty remains strong is by advocating for the religious liberty of all, including those with whom you may passionately disagree. because they deserve the same rights as you. nothing more. nothing less.

marriage:

i believe marriage is the union of people who love each other.  it should be legal for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, to ensure equal rights for all.  i support same-sex marriage.  i feel so tremendously passionate about this civil rights issue.  i opposed to the creation of a constitutional amendment establishing marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, have the right to marry.  prohibiting same-sex citizens from marrying denies them their civil rights.  everyone deserves the same rights as you and i. nothing more. nothing less.

war:

i believe global warming, not terrorism, poses the greatest threat to the united states.  terrorism is a result of arrogant american foreign policy.  i actually fall into the libertarian opinion here.   good diplomacy is the best way to deal with terrorism.  relying on military force to defeat terrorism creates hatred that leads to more terrorism.  i believe that not only am i an american, but i am a citizen of the world.

environment:

global warming is caused by an increased production of carbon dioxide through the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas).  does anyone seriously believe that this not a scientific fact?  the united states is a major contributor to global warming because it produces 25% of the world’s carbon dioxide.  proposed laws to reduce carbon emissions in america are urgently needed.  in our local elections, both on the state and county level, fracking is an issue that comes up frequently.  i am strongly against fracking until more is researched about the long term impacts.

energy:

oil is a depleting resource.  other sources of energy must be explored.  i believe the government must produce a national plan for all energy resources and subsidize alternative energy research and production.  i support increased exploration of alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power.

women’s rights:

i sincerely don’t understand the republican party and their beliefs on women’s rights.  why are we fighting over the same rights that were fought for years ago.  lets move forward and tackle current issues.  abortion is such a heated debate, basically i believe that women are intelligent and can make this choice for themselves.    i personally could never imagine make that choice.  but it is a choice that is my right to make.  what bothers me most about this issue is this, the republican party wants to ban all abortions. they don’t want to educate students about how to prevent pregnancies and life threatening diseases.  {let’s all pretend no one in high school is having sex!} they don’t want to fund birth control pills.  so they care so much about these children.  oh no, there is no funding to the foster care system.  they appear to only care about the babies for approximately 9 months.  i work with these children.  i work with these families.  my experiences have taught me better.  these children deserve better.

for me personally, paul ryan disgusts me.  his opinions on women are so tremendously archaic.  given our fertility struggles, i don’t know what the future holds.  any and everything is on the table.  including in-vitro fertilization.   ryan co-sponsored the sanctity of human life act, which remains stalled in the House. the bill, which is only three pages long, says that “the right to life guaranteed by the constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person; and the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” and it defines “human” and ‘”human being” to include “each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, beginning with the earliest stage of development, created by the process of fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent.”  if passed, the implications for banning in-vitro fertilization is clear.  again, this is a choice i would like to make.  for myself.  without have men make laws that make my choice for me.

as a woman, this is why i am voting for president obama. the first bill obama signed into law was the lilly ledbetter fair pay act of 2009. this law makes it possible for women to fight in the courts when they discover they are being discriminated against in their pay. obama supports the paycheck fairness act, which would help end the really depressing reality that though it is 2012 women still only make 77 cents for every $1 a man makes doing the same work, an act that all republican senators voted against in june. he has given us the affordable care act which now allows women preventative care exams without copays, free contraceptives, and an end to insurance companies charging women more for their insurance for the simple fact they are women. even though more than 99 percent of women of child bearing age have used contraceptives at some point in their lifetime and even though it is a cost saving measure in the long run, republicans have vehemently opposed it.

i have beliefs that are predominantly liberal, a good bit libertarian and some conservative.  i have printed off my sample ballot and i have democrats, libertarians, and, yes, republicans that i am voting for.  each reflect my beliefs.  i don’t fall into just one category.  i am guessing if you look at each issue you feel strongly about, you will see you don’t fall into one category either.  i wish more than anything to have civility in the next couple of days.  social media makes it so easy to lash out without thinking about the people reading your words that feel differently than you do.  being told that as an obama supporter i need “wake the hell up” and that i am “stupid” is not constructive.  i have been guilty of writing some pretty hateful comments but i am recognizing that they are just not needed.  no matter what the election results are, we have to live together.  work in the same community.  we are neighbors.

at the end of the day, we have more in common that what divides us.

know what you stand for.  be proud.  go vote.

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