Friday, October 26, 2012

Why You Should Vote Against Mitt Romney

I have several friends who I've heard want to vote for Mr. Romney in the upcoming presidential election. I decided that I need to do my part in providing both positive reasons for President Obama and negative reasons against Mr. Romney in my own words in an attempt to persuade you to change your vote. So here I go.
  • Because he has fundamentally lied about his platform in the debates. Sure, Obama may exaggerate and omit to his advantage, that’s politics. But Romney previously embraced a far-right platform during the campaign and then cynically flipped in the debates to make himself seem more moderate.
  • Because he said he would not have gone after Bin Laden. Remember him? The man who masterminded the murder of 3,000 people and caused untold damage to our economy, our standing in the world, and our sanity? The same man that Bush didn’t care about (instead obsessing over Saddam Hussein and Iraq—that went well!) and the same man Romney said he’d ignore.
  • Because he wants to choke off Medicare and Social Security. Let’s be honest here, Republicans never liked these social programs. They call people on them “moochers” and “takers” and call this “big government”. You forget the astronomical poverty rate for Seniors before these two programs existed. You forget that we pay into these two programs all our working lives and that these are benefits, not giveaways.
  • Because he and Republicans don’t care about the poor. The party that “embraces” Christianity but does the exact opposite of loving thy neighbor, turning the other cheek, and being their brother’s keeper should be offensive to anyone. I am an unabashed atheist; how is it I believe more in what Jesus actually taught than these people?
  • Because Romney would have let Detroit go bankrupt—as I would have. But he was wrong and I was wrong. Obama’s plan worked.
  • Because Romney and Ryan fought against equal rights for loving same-sex couples at every step. They were both against the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, support the Defense of Marriage Act, and want to force their beliefs on everyone.
  • Because they are against contraception. It’s 2012.
  • Because they are against a woman’s right to choose. Abortion is not pretty, it’s not easy, and it’s not a good thing. But people deserve the respect and ability to choose for themselves.
  • Because they are bought and paid for by the NRA. They are against sensible gun control. They are against closing the gun show loophole that doesn’t require background checks. They are against restricting automatic and semiautomatic guns. This is madness.
  • Because we need more Supreme Court Justices like Kennedy, Stevens, and Ginsburg, not Thomas, Scalia, and Alito.
  • Because "legitimate rape" should never be said.
  • Because we were right about President Bush. We were brutally, painfully right. When he took his oath of office, we knew that we were going to war with Iraq (he so much as said so during the debates!). We knew when he was running the first time that he would be anti-gay, shower the rich with tax cuts, tank our economy, and waste our hard-earned surplus. We knew he'd try to voucherize Medicare and privatize Social Security, appoint hard-line conservatives to the Supreme Court, and ignore basic science and economics in key decisions. This is most assuredly not to rub it in or to crow "I told you so", but we should have some credibility with you after we all experienced with President Bush. So please try to listen to us when we say what we think about a President Romney; we've been paying attention.

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