A letter to the fence sitters…
Greetings to all of you who are undecided about who you are going to cast your vote for on November 6th. It is a very critical election (aren’t they all?) this time around and you are going back and forth about who to check off on your ballot. These things are complicated.
Now, I am not going to go into the pros and cons of these candidates as you see tons of that stuff every day. Instead, the focus is going to be on you, the voter. They, the politicians, are after all, working for you. Don’t you think that they should be asking their constituents what they want? Aren’t they our representatives? I think so…at least that is what it says in the Constitution. Okay, enough about that, let’s focus on you.
So, the first step is to analyze yourself and figure out what it is that you are struggling with. What are the things that are important to you? Here are some questions to consider:
Are you happy with the state of education in United States? Do you understand that it is becoming more and more privatized, meaning that ultimately, those who have money are the ones that will get a quality education for their children. Those who don’t, simply won’t. Do you realize that education, or lack thereof, is one of the leading contributors to income inequality in the U.S.? Did you know that teachers are required to “teach to the test” – meaning standardized testing just so that their schools can meet the standards set forth by “No Child Left Behind”? – Just in case you were curious, NCLB was from G.W. Bush. Do any of those things concern you? Just consider this from an article in The Washington Post:
Romney is advancing a pro-choice, pro-voucher, pro-states-rights education program that seems certain to hasten the privatization of the public education system.
In a Romney-run education world, the parents of poor and special education students would choose a school — public or private, based on standardized test scores and other data — and then a specific amount of public money would follow the child to the school.
So, if that is your vision for education, then you know who to vote for.
This is one of those hot button topics. Americans have been duped for years about healthcare. I know this for fact because I was one of those duped. We believe that socialized or universal health care will take away our “freedoms”. How is that exactly? The rest of the industrialized, developed countries of the world do it, but not the United States. Why do you think that is? Oh, you will hear one side say that we have the finest health care system in the world. This is where you need to do a little homework…because let me tell you, the U.S. isn’t even in the running for finest health care status. One of the candidates was for the Affordable Care Act until he was against it. In fact, one of the candidates has no idea where he really stands on the issue of health care, but he knows that he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act if he is elected. His running mate, who created a now, very infamous budget plan, loves healthcare so much he wants to slash medicare into pieces.
So to break healthcare down a bit more…do you want a system where anyone can get coverage, or rather, a system that is completely inefficient, ineffective, very costly, and that denies healthcare to people (in some cases because of profit indexes) who can’t afford it?
So, with that, you can decide who has the better health plan.
I won’t go into great length about the economy because you probably hear about it daily. Jobs, jobs, jobs…no, not Steve Jobs. Jobs are all the talk. This is actually a simple point to break down. Do you believe that by giving tax breaks to the rich (aka “job creators”) will benefit the poor and middle class? Do you really believe in trickle-down economics? Do you really believe that a guy whose estimated net worth is around a quarter of a billion dollars is in this game to help YOU? He doesn’t even understand you.
So, again, this is simple, do you believe in trickle-down? If so, you know who to vote for.
Now, we have talked about three major political points, education, healthcare, the economy. What I urge you NOT to do is use your religious views with regard to this election. Here is why…one side of the political spectrum uses religion to incite fear inside of you. They will talk about the evils of abortion while promoting the death penalty. They will use the divine inspiration of God as justification for invading other countries. They will tell you that same-sex marriage is a political issue at all. Sorry, I don’t want my president spending time on that. So, again, don’t figure religion into your voting equation. The founding fathers of the United States purposely separated church and state for a reason.
Finally, scrutinize all of the news you read (including this letter). Don’t be fooled by mass media. Mass media is owned and wholly controlled by corporations who have their own agenda and that is to make lots and lots of money. Think about who the candidates are. Think about what you value.
Are you really sitting on the fence or you searching for justification to vote a certain way. Be true to yourself and be good to yourself and vote your conscience.