I recently read an interesting post on Facebook that a friend shared about “the reasons to unfriend me on Facebook” which was essentially a list of reasons I support a political candidate. I wanted to take a moment to expound upon that list, so bear in mind that this post isn’t an original idea from me, but I did take many of these points in order to paraphrase as well as elaborate upon.
Anyways, below I have listed out all the reasons I support the Democratic agenda. Whether you agree or disagree, please feel free to leave a comment.
- I believe President-Elect Donald Trump is a racist, sexist, xenophobe, liar, and overall hate-filled man. I say this not because of something the “liberal media” told me, rather because of the first hand accounts given by Mr. Trump. When he first had his disgusting rant about a disabled reporter, openly mocking this man, I thought that would have been the end of Donald J. Trump. I remember a time when Howard Dean’s overly excited “Yaaah!” disqualified him from being POTUS. From there, Mr. Trump went on to be exposed for sexual assault with his pussy comments, put down the Hispanic community with his talk about rapists and criminals, put down African-Americans, and truthfully, put down everybody who was against him. He went on to say if he lost, it was because the system is rigged. He went on to speak out against the Electoral College, which is the very reason he was elected. He has yet to even speak out against his supporters who have been harassing and even abusing various minority groups that Trump has spoken out against. At the same time, however, he certainly does have the ability to Tweet that the cast of a play must apologize to Mike Pence, for speaking out against the Trump/Pence administration.
- I believe that President Obama is the greatest POTUS so far in my lifetime. When you look at so many economic statistics (GDP, Dow Jones Industrial Average, the unemployment rate, the number of uninsured Americans, and even the price of gasoline, to name a few) you are seeing numbers greater than during his predecessor, and even greater than during the Clinton administration previously. Where do Republicans get off saying that President Obama has failed? President Obama was able to be an instrumental part of this, all while having just about every single Republican in D.C. actively and openly working against him. You had a GOP, lead by Mitch McConnell, openly saying their goal was to make President Obama a one term President. Obviously they failed. I am glad they did. You also had POTUS in Obama that took the high road every-single-time he was faced with hateful, slanderous attacks from the GOP. From elected officials. He ran a scandal free administration. He always held his head high. He has been the standard bearer of being a class act.
- I do not believe that those who need public assistance are lazy and don’t want to work. Yes, are there some people who cheat and game the system? Absolutely! To try to say that even the majority of those who receive public assistance are trying to game the system is just abhorrent. I was let go from a full-time job in my young 20’s. For a while, I received unemployment benefits because of this. I used this time wisely to not only look for new work, but to also reevaluate my life, which lead me to the greatest decision I’ve ever made, which was to go back to school to pursue my dream of being a teacher. That could not have been possible without public assistance. This leads me to the next point of…
- I believe that government safety nets are a necessary part of our country because somebody who gets sick, or becomes old, should not have to struggle to make ends meet. Healthcare is too high. Hospital visits cost too much. There, I said it. I will also say that I have a hard time believing that this is due to the Affordable Care Act. Wouldn’t you think, for a moment, that this is due to corporate greed instead? In a nutshell, the Affordable Care Act seeks to have everybody in an insurance plan. If everybody is in an insurance plan, then everybody covers the costs for us all. “But I am healthy! I shouldn’t have to!” You never know when you might fall ill, have an accident, etc. Making sure that everybody is covered, despite a pre-existing condition, prevents those with unforeseen circumstances from going bankrupt paying for healthcare. Nobody should have to set up a GoFundMe page because they got cancer or were in an accident. Making sure that every single person has to have health insurance keeps premiums down, too, because everybody helps to pay. It prevents somebody from not paying their whole life, then quickly jumping onto an insurance plan the moment something goes bad. This ensures that everybody is covered for when the worst happens.
- I don’t believe everybody should have military/assault style weapons. This is something I’ve gone over time after time with others. I’ve even written posts, in length about that issue here and here, and originally started here. I don’t need to go over this anymore.
- I believe women have a right to choose what happens to their bodies in terms of all aspects, including birth control and pregnancy. This is pretty self explanatory. The majority of laws pertaining to women’s health have been made by a majority of older, white males. Just think about this for a second. What gives an older, white male any sort of reason to make a law regarding women’s reproductive rights? There just flat out is no reason. Ruth Bader Gingburg stated it best when asked when there will be enough women on the Supreme Court when she state it will be enough when it is all women. I agree with this. For how long was the Supreme Court nothing but white males? I’m not going to look this up, but I feel comfortable saying that the majority of the time the Supreme Court has been around it has been 100% white males. If you’d like to look this up and provide specifics, please do so and leave a comment.
- I believe in a fair tax system that asks more of those at the top of the wealth chain. I am not saying that those at the top don’t deserve to be at the top. Yes, they are there because they’ve done something right in life. They are also there because of what this country has done for them. Would they still be at the top if it wasn’t for the interstate highway system? Would they still be at the top if it wasn’t for the U.S. Postal Service? Would they still be at the top if they didn’t have highly educated workers who have at least graduated public school? You see the point I am making. They are wealthy, not only of their own doing, but because they have received numerous benefits from our government programs, which are funded by American tax dollars. It is insulting to see those wealthy Americans stash this money overseas, game the tax system for every loop-hole they can find, and ultimately then to say (either explicitly or implied) that they don’t have to pay their fair share. It is because of government programs they were able to succeed in the first place! Period.
- Finally, I believe in a country that accepts all races, sexual orientations, religious beliefs, etc. to be a stronger country. This one doesn’t even need an explanation. Freedom of religion also means freedom from religion. Just because your beliefs tell you something is wrong does NOT give you the right to force that belief upon others.
So there you have it. Those of you who read this blog regularly should not have any surprises. I do encourage you to leave a comment, whether you’re for or against this. I do reserve the right to delete rude and disrespectful comments, and have done so in the past. We can disagree with each other, we can also do so respectfully.
Thank you for reading.