- Posted September 7, 2012 by
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Election 2012: Your stories
My Vote Doesn't Count Anyway
Last election I voted for Obama, McCain is senator in my state and I like him a lot, not a fan of a handful of his stances but I was considering voting for him, and then he took Sarah Palin as his running mate and the decision was made for me there. I voted for Obama in 2008, and I have never regretted that decision.
Now after 2009 when Obama was sworn in, I felt so proud of my country and was happy to be a witness to positive history. I felt that when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech, that at that instance King had been looking into the future at precisely the moment Obama was announced as the 44th President of the United States.
I have a bitter taste in my mouth for Republicans because I was very unhappy with former President G.W. Bush. He led us into this financial nightmare. He hurt our country very badly.
I’m not a fan of the Church and I feel that Republicans play Christians heart strings with religious drivel and so I have a hard time taking them seriously because I am not affiliated with any religion.
I also can’t be a fan of any politician that tells Gay couples that they cannot legally wed; this is one of the most egregious discrimination issues of our time. Any politician that cannot see that it is unconstitutional to recognize a straight wedded couple and not a wedded homosexual couple does not know what freedom or equal rights are. Either the government should stop recognizing all married couples or they allow homosexuals to enjoy the exact same rights. These are consenting adults, any medical or psychology professional will tell you there is nothing wrong with them and that they cannot change.
I am also not a fan of a politician who has the gall to tell women what to do with their bodies. I am a woman, I am pro-choice. I think it’s funny the Republican party sides with the Pro-Lifers, but they are for war and capital punishment. For women who get abortions because they cannot afford another child, Republicans oppose welfare, so they lose my vote there. If you don’t believe in abortions, then don’t get one.
I vote for someone who does not believe that I exist. I am disabled, and I am in dire financial straits, so when I hear about how cutting taxes for the people that make millions and billions of dollars, it leaves me feeling…lost. I applaud those who have worked hard for their money and have built empires from the ground up, but I do not applaud the constant catering to people that are catered to all the time. Every middle class and lower class American has had to dig deep, to stretch out their dollars, while the fat cats get richer and richer, and cut more jobs, and send jobs overseas. These people don’t care about the lives of the workers that help carry out the duties that makes their empires run. They don’t care about quality, as long as profits stay up, they would sell their own mothers to make a buck.
Another thing that is important to me in this election is healthcare. As I said earlier, I am disabled. When I first ruptured my disc, I had worked the same job for six years, I did not have insurance. When this happened, I could not get state healthcare to be treated (in Arizona you have to have a dependent), I couldn’t get unemployment because I couldn’t work, and I couldn’t get disability because it hadn’t been six months and because I couldn’t afford to be seen by a doctor, so that they could tell me what had happened to my spine to declare me disabled. Finally, I got regular insurance, but they won’t cover my pre-existing condition, because I went to the hospital once. They said they would cover my MRI and then turned around and sent me the bill. I have lain in bed in agony for months. Finally I found an affordable pain clinic to keep me comfortable. I pay out-of-pocket for my pain clinic, I pay for my health insurance so that in a year it will hopefully be worth it and I can repair the damage to my spine. This is very financially taxing on my family. I can’t even get physical therapy.
Now, my disability isn’t life shattering, it isn’t cancer or anything too serious, but if that’s what I just went through I can’t imagine what some people go through. I can’t vote for someone who champions that system. That system is corrupt and cruel. Obama’s Health Plan is outstanding!
Who will I vote for? President Obama of course, is there any other choice? Not that it will matter; I live in a red state where my vote has never counted.