Last presidential election was about making history. I cried that night because finally America cast aside prejudice and racism and voted for a man, not based on his skin color, but on who he was as a man. I was so proud, so grateful that in my lifetime I saw the struggles of my parents' generation for civil rights and equality come to fruition.
On Nov. 6, I know there will be more tears, but this time those tears are for different reasons. This time those tears are because this election isn’t about President Obama, but about the rights of women in this country. Political pundits and candidates can scream it's about jobs, the economy, wars, and healthcare, but it's the women of this country who have been attacked by you, the GOP, repeatedly in the last few years.
I never imagined in 2008 that there would be such blatant attacks against me, my daughter, my mother, and my friends. I never imagined that minorities and our youth would have a calculated plan launched against them to keep their votes--and their voices--from being heard. I never imagined that the misogynist, racist, homophobic attitudes we have endured would be so rampant and in our faces.
Maybe I was being naive, but I thought in 2008 that Americans said loudly and clearly that we are moving beyond racism, bigotry, and all those chains that weighed us down as a country. I was wrong.
The same day we celebrated our country moving forward, leaders in the republican party met and put together a plan to obstruct legislation and prevent our country from moving forward. [republican has purposefully not been capitalized because I will not show respect for a party that has made a mission to attack women and other citizens.] Those elected officials, made a decision to divide our country. They chose to bring into the mainstream the views of radical religious extremists, and their racist, misogynist ideas. Men, and women, who were elected to be statesmen and stateswomen made the choice to divide our country.
In the last four years these “leaders” in the republican party have done nothing to move our country forward. Instead they have done everything to obstruct, defeat, and marginalize the president and to take the women back to the 1950s--and in some cases the 18th century.
You have disrespected the office of the president of the United States, the Senate and the House. Even worse, you have allowed your party to disrespect the American people who believe that a society moving forward, working together for the betterment of all, is the solution to becoming a better society.
I love my country. I am proud to be an American. However, I am ashamed of the party that was my own. I am ashamed of the party that used to be inclusive of different views and allowed for civil public discourse and debate. You allowed the party to be taken over by fear-mongering, racist, misogynist, homophobic, religious extremist. I don't believe that all republicans are this way, but I do believe that not only have you allowed extremists in the party to take over, but you have catered to those extremist, minority views.
This is it, America. The choice is clear. Each campaign has vastly different views on how this country should be governed. The republicans believe in taking us back both economically and socially. The Democrats believe in moving us forward into the 21st century.
There is nothing else to say except this –
- Do you believe that women should have the right to make decisions about our own bodies?
- Do you believe that women deserve equal pay for equal work?
- Do you believe that anyone who falls in love with another person has the right to marry that person?
- Do you believe that everyonedeserves equal protection under the law?
- Do you believe that all Americans should have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
- Do you believe that corporations are not people, and that PACS and those with the most wealth in our country do not have the right to more political or economic power than everyday Americans?
- Do you believe that all Americans have the right to practice whatever religion they choose and that religion has no place in our political process?
If you answered yes, then your choice for president and Congress should be clear. The only choice is a Democrat. If you think all Americans do not deserve the same rights, then vote republican.
However, let me say this: those who vote against equality, your time is limited. You are not the majority. No matter what happens next Tuesday know this: the republican party is dying.
This is the end of the road for me. You see, I am a republican woman. I will be voting November 6th, 2012 for President Obama. I will be voting for every single Democrat on my ballot. I am not the only one. I can name about 25 republican friends who are doing the same thing.
You see this isn’t about voting the black man out of the White House, like so many of your fellow republicans are doing; this is about voting for the American people. This is about believing that all Americans deserve equality and protection under the law, not just the 1 percent and the extremists in our country.
By the way, republicans, after the election, I will be changing my party affiliation to the party that believes in moving our country forward.
An American Woman Who Just Happened to Be republican
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