Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Why I am endorsing Barack Obama for President

This election cycle, though the Republicans nominated a weak candidate, the election is close. Every vote will make a difference, especially since many states have adopted new voter ID laws designed to disenfranchise blacks, latinos, the elderly, and students. In fact, the first reason I am endorsing Obama is because he has come out in opposition to these new voter ID laws. The last two election cycles, there were zero cases of in-person voter fraud, so it's not as if these new laws are intended to fix a problem, that is, unless you think Democrats practicing their constitutional right to vote is a problem. Even the Republican governor of Pennsylvania openly admitted that the new laws were intended to win the state for Mitt Romney.

But besides protecting voter rights, there are more reasons to support Obama. For one, he killed Osama Bin Laden, and ended the war in Iraq, putting to rest years of Republican lies designed to convince voters that ending the war in Iraq means being weak on national security. Bush started an unjust war that took all his energy away from the real task of killing Bin Laden. Obama safely ended the war in Iraq, allowing our troops to return home to their families, and also killed Bin Laden, the USA's number one enemy. Republicans for years wrapped themselves in the American flag while offering blind support to the war in Iraq just because the person in charge of the war was a Republican, George W Bush. Now those people are silent, their false accusations that Democrats are weak on national security are put to rest.

Then there's the environment. Barack Obama has done more to curb global warming than any other President in history. Bush for years pandered to the oil industry and created policies that essentially increase our dependency on foreign oil and reward polluters who donated massive sums of money to Bush's campaign. Obama has invested federal dollars in programs to expand the production and availability of clean energy, such as wind power, solar power, and hydroelectricity. Mitt Romney on the other hand, wants to turn back the clock on environmental policy and bring us back to the failed Bush policies of pollution and high gas prices.

Obama also has ended the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military. He has allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military without having to hide a part of their identity. Obama and Biden have also come out to publicly support gay marriage, which is a major step forward for gays and lesbians. Mitt Romney has said he opposes gay marriage rights. He opposes letting gays and lesbians have the same rights and responsibilities as heterosexual couples. And he should be ashamed of himself. Only Obama and Biden have a message of true social tolerance.

The Republican Party in recent decades has capitalized on messages of intolerance and hatred and it has only gotten worse ever since the Tea Party has become a major influence in their party. Since the Tea Party essentially took over the national Republican Party, all their positions on the issues have moved further and further into Rightwing extremism, and it is most evident in their party's positions on issues affecting women. Now it the Republican party's candidates oppose a woman's right to choose even in cases of incest or rape. In fact their candidate for Senate, Todd Akin, went as far to say that in "cases of legitimate rape" a woman's body has the ability to end a pregnancy without an abortion. What the hell is "legitimate rape"? I find it morally appalling that the Republican Party has become so insensitive to women's issues that they would make public statements such as those.

Finally, there is the economy. Obama wants to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 1%, but extend tax cuts for the poor and middle class. Obama's policies mirror those of our popular ex-President Bill Clinton. And we all remember how our economy thrived under Bill Clinton. There is no reason why multimillionaires should get a tax cut paid for by the taxes paid by the working poor and middle class. That's just criminally unfair. Although the economy has struggled during Obama's presidency, he has a clear plan to fix these economic problems, and for two years, the Republicans in congress have obstructed all of Obama's tax plans and jobs bills which were designed to fix the economy and create jobs.

These are just some of the reasons I am supporting Obama this year. The Republicans are out of touch with mainstream America, and if they return to power they will bring us back to the policies of the Bush Administration that got us into our current fiscal mess. which is dangerous enough by itself, but even worse, if the Republicans win the House, Senate or White House this year, the Tea Party will be in control of their party which means policies which are even more dangerous than those of the Bush administration. So this election cycle, please join me in supporting Barack Obama and the Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate.