Afraid to Voice Your Political Opinion?

I am. I'm getting more vocal, but I've kept quiet pretty much to hubby the entire election season but I can no longer do so. I listen to his attempts to justify why I should vote for Mitt Romney. His main reason all along is that he worked his way out of the ghetto to grow a business that will be penalized if Obama is elected by hitting us harder with taxes. That's a pretty valid reason, but not enough. I'm considering the future of the entire country, not just us, in deciding who to vote for. 

TV interview, Image Credit: Shutterstock

A few Republicans in my life are going to extremes to win my vote for this election. An accountant told me if I can't vote for Romney, stay home and don't vote. Hubby jokingly promised me not one but two shiny new MacBook Pros if I vote for Mitt. Wow, how can I pass up that offer? (insert eye roll here).

I have completely avoided all political conversation with my brother and my stepdad, both of whom are staunch Republicans and want Obama out of office. I have another old friend from Yahoo! Golf chat who sends me political emails. Anti-Obama emails.  

And then there was this. You just have to read that to believe it. Seriously threatening layoffs if Obama is re-elected?

It's still down to the basics for me. My questions will continue to go unanswered I am sure, as they have for most of this election year.

To both candidates: What are you going to do to keep me safe from homegrown  domestic abusing terrorists like Zina's husband at Azana two weeks ago?  

And the Sikh Temple shooting? During services? 

How are we going to have an accurate election with so much of the northeast devastated?

Mr. Romney: Are you seriously going to try to revoke Roe v Wade? I heard you say   you will get rid of it more than once. 

How can you lower everyone's taxes and get this country on it's feet again? Explain how that works? Who is that going to hurt? Government jobs? Teachers? Firefighters? Policemen? People who keep us safe?  People who educate or children? Who gets short-changed?  

Mr. Obama:  Are you going to raise our taxes? Seriously? We employ people, we are expanding and will employ more people in 2013. If you do, after I vote for you,  I will hear "I told you so" for four years. 

Casual notes to both candidates: 

Mr. Obama, people are watching closely to see how you react to the devastation on the NE coast. It's important to me that you ensure all affected by this disaster are taken care of. All I saw from President Bush after Katrina was fumbling and bumbling and that one photo of him gazing out the window at Katrina's aftermath. So far you've been very Presidential and I appreciate you halting your campaigning to do your job of being the President in such a difficult time. That shows integrity to me. I know you need to campaign but you are in fact showing us that you indeed are the incumbent President. 

I believe you've done a good job as President so far, exemplary job in some aspects. Way to go on getting Bin Laden! And ending the war in Iraq! Thanks so much. 

Mr. Romney, you scare me. You made some statements after the attack on the embassy in Libya that probably weren't in the best interest of our national security. You said you'd overturn Roe v Wade. I heard you say you'd never win 47% of the vote from the "slackers" who include WWII veterans, and both of my children who are working for beans according to your declaration that 250,000 dollars a year is now middle class. I do believe in the Republican work ethic, but come on who earns six figures a year in the middle class? 

Boy it's coming down to the wire now. I still am not sure who I'm going to vote for. And I only have five days left to decide. 

Lake Michigan

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