For the first time since I was able to vote, I stayed up till 2 AM and watched the election results and the speeches. And while I had not been involved in the actual political process in this election, I felt invested in the outcome.
I came from a family who was divided (one parent republican and one democratic). Each had their own ideas and was outspoken in expressing them. My mother was a councilwoman. They always talked in terms of what “so and so” would do for the people of this country, each candidate having pluses and minuses. I think in the end, they likely voted right along the party line because back then I think each party had some really good ideas and unique ways of handling things they had planned for their city, state, county, or country.
This time, I feel that America voted their hearts. I know I did. Just this week someone came to my office and was joking with me about voting for Barack Obama — I wasn’t joking when I said I would be voting for him. They were seriously appalled, and of course a discussion ensued. I said Mr. Obama is “an evil I know, as opposed to one I don’t” and meant that I knew where Mr. Obama stood on many issues and didn’t really know where Mr. Romney stood at all. I told them my vote goes to whom I think will be the best person for the job, not because I am a member of either party. I said I didn’t trust Mr. Romney because I never saw him clearly outline any plan for this country, just rhetoric about changing, eliminating, and fixing. That “secrecy” did not sit well with me. And while I am all for changing, eliminating and fixing — I would have liked him to outline how he planned to do that. Instead it was more a campaign of persuasion ~ “I’ll fix it, just trust me.” Lots of people bought that and did decide to cast their vote for him, but I don’t work that way. You can tell me an investment is good, but I want to see the proof, the trend, the outcome over the last years, and I want to know why you think it’s going to continue on that path.
In the end, I will always vote for whom I feel is right for this country, whether they be democrat or republican, old or young, white, green or even purple. I think the republican party let the American people down with their choice of Mr. Romney as the candidate – I think it’s about time they reassess what AMERICA wants, not what they want for America. It’s the health of this country and the people who call it home that I want them to have as the basis of their agenda. I sincerely feel that if Barack Obama didn’t think he could be a good fit for the job, and couldn’t continue to try and fix issues facing America, he wouldn’t have ran for a second term.
Congratulations Mr. President – I have high hopes and expectations that you will be able to steer this ship we call America onto a better and more prosperous path in your next four years.