I once made a rule and playfully joked that my blog would never be the place to talk about religion or politics. And I know I’m not alone in that declaration.
But the reality is that people don’t want to talk about things like that because there are no absolutes. There is no right or wrong. There is no black or white. And when you talk to people who see either one of those topics in that way, it can be very uncomfortable.
I’m not here to make you uncomfortable. I’m also not here to persuade you or convince you or even belittle any of the candidates out there.
I’m here to talk about my personal politics because it’s something I get asked about frequently. So let me put it out there.
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I’m a conservative.
I prefer that term to Republican but the fact is that I am a registered Republican. However, I tend to vote based on my views and values (which are typically conservative) instead of following a party line.
If we’re friends on Facebook or you follow me on Twitter, that’s probably not a surprise. And yet, people are still a little perplexed. I frequently hear the tone in their comments saying something like…
“But Fadra, you seem so bright. Are you sure you’re a Republican?”
To put it bluntly, yes, I’m sure. And I’m not alone, although it feels like it at times.
But I don’t mind people asking me why I am a Republican. I don’t mind talking about who I plan to vote for in this election and why.
In fact, just a few short days ago, I made it known that I “liked” Mitt Romney’s page on Facebook and was pleasantly surprised to see friends who had done the same. But the question arose…
“Ok, deep breath, no judging, just curious, what is appealing to you in the Romney campaign?”
First of all, thank you Jessica for asking in such a respectful way. It really made me pause to see if I could articulate my response. Here’s what I came up with…
“Jessica - Fair question. I’ll try to keep it simple. I tend to fall the way of the Libertarian. Fiscally conservative and more socially liberal. But I believe in a strong foreign policy. My views and values right now align most closely with the Republican party platform (yes I’ve read the whole darn thing). While Mitt Romney wasn’t my first choice, I’ve come to terms with what he has to offer, specifically in terms of correcting the economy and leading the country into a strong recovery, which in turn, trickles down to affect a lot of the social programs. I believe in fixing the problem and not just putting a band-aid on it. I am also looking for a candidate that has a strong set of morals and ethics, something that is very questionable with our current President.
With that said, I believe in the rights of gay men and women to formal a legal union. I frankly don’t care what you call it. I believe women should have a reproductive choice. I just don’t think the government should be required to pay for that choice. I believe in access to affordable healthcare for all. I just think Obamacare hurts those that already have that access.
The media perception is that Republicans are rich, old, white guys. Many of them are. But most of my friends feels the same way I do. The same way many Democrats do. They just differ in the priorities of these issues and the means by which these issues are solved.
Neither candidate is ideal. But I’m voting for the candidate that most closely aligns with what I believe is good for the country.
That’s not rhetoric. Just my humble opinion.
I’d love to create an outline of not only why I’m FOR Romney but also why I’m AGAINST Obama. It would include information about joblessness, record-breaking deficit, questionable foreign policy, increased taxes, increased spending, GM bailout, Benghazi, and the list goes on.
But people like Chris Bird have done a much better job than I could. Even 13 year old Jenny Cantrell spells it out simply and eloquently. Obama had a four year chance and we’re really not any better off than we were four years ago.
I’ll admit that Mitt Romney wasn’t my first choice for the Republican nomination but I’m happy to see a moderate in the role of candidate. And Romney has a successful record as a businessman and politician. (However, I hope not to see any White House pets if he is elected). He wants a chance to make a change over the next four years.
As for Barack Obama, I don’t think he’s a bad guy. He sings a mean Al Green. But his views are historically and consistently socialist. That’s something I don’t want for this country. And he’s had nearly four years in office to do what he promised to do when he was first elected with two of those years having a Congress with a Democratic majority. Frankly, we need more than just ideals and promises. We need a plan of action.
It IS time for a change.
As an undecided voter, here’s my hope for you: Don’t take anything at face value. Don’t believe every graphic that gets posted on Facebook and shared 527,000 times. Read. Research. Find another source and read some more. Know that almost all media outlets have a bias in one direction or another. And finally, vote your conscience. Your vote is yours and yours alone. Use it wisely.