Things are bad when you wake up thinking about them, they are so bad that those things are on your subconscious mind while you sleep. I woke up yesterday morning thinking that the labels we assign ourselves and each other serve no purpose other than to divide us, but we do it constantly. When simplified, we have far more in common with our neighbors than we realize. We are all of one race, the human race, that’s as boiled down as it gets. It’s with that thought in mind that I bring up the fact that there are people I love who voted for Donald and those who voted for Hillary. I do try to listen to both sides because I don’t understand many things. I turned on Fox News Friday night to hear what Chris Wallace was saying, because I don’t understand how what Trump is doing can be okay with some people. I really want to understand this. I’m going to be honest and say, I did not vote for Donald Trump, and the label that I am assigned for that is being a liberal. I see friends and colleagues post disdainfully on their Facebook accounts about “liberals” and I wonder if they dislike me because that is the label I have been assigned.
There are multiple reasons and some are more complicated than others, but I’ll go on the the record as saying my biggest reasons for not voting Republican are that the environment, equal rights; human, civil, and women’s rights are important to me, education is important, affordable health care, immigration and the economy are all important to me and generally speaking the republican party does not seem to share my views. Our environment is a delicate living organism which is supposed to be self-sustaining, but when we start changing the chemistry and therefore the biology supporting life on our planet by exploiting our natural resources and manufacturing causing off-gasses etc, we are putting that ever-so complex system at risk for collapse. I believe climate change is real, it is scientific fact that humans are causing the damage and without a planet on which to live, all our other issues are moot. This is the reality of the situation and unless we start to reverse some of that damage we’ve done our species will not survive here. The effects we’ve had on our environment have caused cells to mutate, cancers to form and people are dying, this is our present and our future, it’s a real problem, ignored by many whose focus is narrowed to their own immediate personal and financial gains.
The U.S. Declaration of Independence, written by our (bi-partisan) founding fathers states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” I believe in those inalienable rights and the pursuit of happiness for all. Which does not mean some citizens have more rights than others, and therefore get to tell other citizens who they can marry, where they can pee, what medical treatment they can have. I am not gay or trans-gender so I don’t have to suffer here, but individual opinions should not affect the rights of other citizens. I may not like your politics, but I would not try to take away your gun, because I too have a right to own a gun if I want one. However because I choose not to, that does not entitle me to tell you what to do. I only ask that as a responsible gun-owner, you first just admit that there is a problem with people killing people, and then try even harder to come up with a solution to the craziness of mass shootings to preserve that constitutional right for all who choose to exercise that right. I am a woman who has raised her children, with the exception of the youngest who died from Cancer, and I do not think the government, because of the opinions of some citizens, should be able to restrict what surgical procedures are best for me or any other woman, under any circumstance. I am also pro-immigration, cultural diversity is the essence of who we are as a collective people, as U.S. Americans the color of our skin and the country of our origin is not supposed to matter because all citizens have the same rights.
It is along those same lines that I believe that every child in this country deserves the right to the same standard of education regardless of zip code. Children don’t choose the color of their skin or whether they are born wealthy or poor, healthy or sick, they are children, and some are born with parents who care and others are born to drug addicts, poverty is not contagious, but attitudes are. Correspondingly as individuals we do not choose our country of origin. It is a lottery won by some and lost by others. Our country has welcomed and was built by immigrants, and every single one of us with the exception of the Native American can thank an immigrant ancestor for our citizenship.
Healthcare should not be a luxury and yet in our country it is, because it is not affordable for everyone. This is an enormous problem, unless it is a federally funded program like the NFIP, insurance is for-profit business. That means that if you are not in perfect health, then they do not want to insure you. The idea of them staying profitable is that you give them your money every month and that equals more money than they ever have to give you back to pay healthcare bills. Therefore people who have had cancer or any other serious illness requiring acute or extended medical care are not who the insurance companies want to insure, and they don’t have to, because they are a for profit business. Employers are not required to provide it, even though as incentive it is 100% tax deductible and so people are forced to choose between paying their mortgage or having health insurance.
Those are the core reasons I did not vote Republican. Then there’s the matter of Donald Trump. I felt during the campaign, and still feel that Donald Trump behaves and responds in every circumstance like a ten-year-old, spoiled rich-kid, and bully who in my opinion seems mentally imbalanced. I’m not talking about hearsay, I’m talking about what I have heard him say publicly. I will conclude with this point: I think using the label ‘Conservative’ for our current president is absurdly inaccurate, he is anything but conservative. He is autocratic, dictatorial, arrogant, egotistical, pretentious, obnoxious, unbalanced, and putting it kindly perhaps eccentric, he might even be a communist, but he is definitely NOT conservative. My grandmother, may she rest in peace, was conservative and Donald Trump is nothing like my grandmother, except maybe for the tiny hands, they do have that it common.