The Dems are having their convention. Tonight, President Obama will receive his party’s nomination for the upcoming presidential election against Mitt Romney. Last week the Republicans had their convention and because I’m obviously some kind of Masochist, I watched some of it. I was pretty much disgusted the entire time and actually felt physically ill.
This convention is better.
I have been inspired, moved to tears, hopeful and once again happy to be a Democrat in America. It’s true that the president has disappointed me a little on a few things; to me he’s not nearly liberal enough, but I also understand that it’s politics and no matter who is in office, there are going to be politics that I don’t always agree with. The fundamentals of the president’s term so far, have been good and I can honestly say that I am better off than I was four years ago.
Why I’m better off than I was four years ago:
- I have a college education that wouldn’t have been possible without the federal and state financial aid and student loans that were made available to me.
- If I were so inclined, I could join the military and openly serve without fear of being dishonorably discharged because of my sexual orientation.
- The validity of my relationship has been recognized by the leader of our nation as one that should be held in the same regard as my heterosexual marriage was.
- I have restored faith that our home won’t be worth less than we owe on it when we sell in a few years.
- Because of low interest rates, I was able to consolidate the small amount of debt that I had at less than 3%.
- My credit card company is restricted in how high it can raise my rates.
- I am ensured that life saving tests and preventative care will be available to me if I need them.
- I will not be charged more for the same medical care because I’m a woman.
- I know that my wife, my daughters, and I have access to birth control, including Plan B.
- I know that my wife, my daughters, and I have access to a safe and legal abortion if it were ever to be necessary.
In many ways, I’ve always been a one-issue voter: if a candidate is at all opposed to a woman having control over her own reproductive health, I won’t vote for him or her. This is of course true in this election as well, although there are other things that scare me just as much, including the chance that 10% of our population will be pushed back into the closet and stripped of whatever rights we’ve managed to obtain and hold onto thus far, millions of people losing healthcare coverage and promising young people being deported, even though they’ve lived in this country most of their lives.
But for me it is, and always will be, about a woman’s right to choose. I honestly don’t understand how any person who has a daughter, a uterus or both, could ever consider voting for a Republican this year; why would any woman vote against her own best interests? Why would any woman want the government to control what grows in her body? Why would any woman concede to being forced to undergo unnecessary medical procedures? Why would any women be okay with being forced to be pregnant against her will? Why would any woman agree to be paid less than a man for the same job? It’s very confusing to me.
The speakers at this year’s convention have blown me away (Warren/Castro 2016!) and I’ve spent most of the time in tears. President Clinton last night? Amazing. I’m sure tonight will be no different and I look forward to it with vigor.
But for now, all I can say is:
Four More Years! Sí, se puede!