It's no secret that I am a liberal. I support LGBT rights and proudly call myself a feminist. I am pro-choice, pro-contraception, and pro-equality. As you can probably guess, I voted for Obama/Biden in yesterday's ballot.
I live in a battleground state, rural area. This county is very, very red. Most of the races on my ballot were uncontested Republican.
Here's why I voted for reelection on President Obama.
1. I have a daughter. I hate the fact that I know Lily Ledbetter's name. I hate the fact that my smart, funny, talented daughter still lives in times where she will need to be better than a man in order to be thought his equal. I hate the fact that there are Republicans out there ON RECORD as saying that women don't need the right to vote. Or to be educated. Or that money is not as important to women as to men. Slate had an article recently with quotes from the Taliban and some Republicans...and I couldn't tell the difference between them.
2. I have a son. He's still a decade away from registering with the Selective Service, but I see a Republican party all too eager to declare war, especially ones where I'm having a hard time seeing any upside.
3. Many of my friends are in the LGBT community. Some are single, some are in long-term relationships, some have been married in a few states. They deserve to love and to officially declare that love. They deserve the benefits that accrue to married folks - benefits, ability to visit in the hospital, children. My dearest friend from medical school is a lesbian, in a long-term relationship. They are raising 3 beautiful kids. That couple are my daughter's godparents & I am a godmother to their eldest. THERE IS NO GOOD REASON FOR THEM TO BE SINGLED OUT LEGALLY.
4. I am an OB-GYN who feels her profession is under attack. Legislators saying what procedures I should be doing, churches saying what meds I should be using. FUCK THAT!!!!!!!!! I go into the exam room, close the door, and it's me and the patient. Nobody else is invited. The end. Lately, however, many politicians seem to think that they know as much about OB-GYN as I do.
5. Fiscal responsibility. Yes, the debt has grown - but much of it can be attributed to moving our wars from a shadow budget to the real budget. The Romney/Ryan tax plans were unrealistic according to nonpartisan groups - it would be LESS fiscally responsible.
6. ACA - It didn't go as far as I hoped it would. Having said that, I understand the political need for babysteps. I want people insured. I want people to have the ability to get worrisome symptoms checked out.
7. Social contract. I do believe that we are our brother's keeper. I want a social net. And no, private charity is not enough. If we are the type of person our dogs think we are, then we care for others. Period. Is there abuse? Of course there is...humans are involved. Having said that, I would rather waste a little bit of my $$ there than see pain.