Why I Am Voting For President Barack Obama

Why I Am Voting For President Barack Obama

I realize that my decision to vote for President Barack Obama will not be a surprise to most Hubbers that read my articles. The issues that I have previously addressed and my views on them tend to place me with similar political philosophies in comparison to the President. Does this mean that I should not bother to examine my views and compare them to those of the candidates more closely? Certainly not. I stated in an earlier Hub entitled, "The Question Of Good And Evil And How It Informs Governance", that everyone should continually reconcile their personal morality with their governments and candidates. We should conduct this exercise regarding all issues when sizing up whom we should vote for. All voters should study up and decide on what their views are in regards to the important issues of the day and compare that to the candidates' views on those issues. Only then will a voter be able to make an educated electoral choice for a candidate that best matches his or her political views and values.

That being said, I decided to take my own advice and execute this procedure to decide which candidate fit my views and values in this Presidential contest. I peformed this process in regards to the two major candidates, President Obama and Mitt Romney in three main areas. These were economic policies, foreign and defense policies, and various social issues. Some issues overlapped these areas but I only addressed each within one area to avoid redundancy. Furthermore I only analyzed the political views of the two main candidates because the others have so little support that voting for them would be a wasted vote in my opinion. I would vote for a third candidate if the top two were completely unsatisfactory to me but this is not the case in 2012. In conclusion, I will summarize my insights and give you a broad summary of my decision.

The number one issue facing President Obama when he took office in 2009 was stopping the free fall of the American economy. President George W. Bush rightfully helped shepherd the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) through Congress in 2008 to loan money to large banks in an effort to prevent them from going bankrupt. Then Senator Obama, endorsed and voted for that bill and in turn expanded upon it in 2009 after he became President. Smaller banks, other financial institutions, and the automobile companies were now lent money to prop them up while the economy fell. President Obama also had "stress tests" performed on the large banks to determine if they could withstand a further shock to the financial system. Those who failed were ordered to increase their cash reserves to bring them up to a level where they could successfully stave off bankruptcy if the economy fell precipitously.

These moves instilled confidence in these institutions and the economy soon stabilized. Soon the stock market began a steady rise that is still continuing. The auto industry began a dramatic rise in revenues and profits that are now at record levels. Mitt Romney is on record opposing the automobile bailouts and TARP. I believe he would have supported TARP if he had been in Congress at the time. This is just an example of his pandering to the Far Right in the Republican party.

The 2009 stimulus bill was enacted to help break the record level of job loss in the United States by both preserving state government jobs and creating new private sector positions. This was enabled by giving money to state governments to retain their employees and by funding their much needed and long overdue infrastructure projects. Unfortunately this bill was less effective than it should have been due to huge Republican and "blue dog" Democratic opposition in Congress. The result was a greatly watered down version that did save jobs but failed to generate nearly enough new ones. Mitt Romney has stated that he would have kept government out of this endeavor entirely leaving it to the private sector.

Finally the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill was passed in 2010. This legislation was created to put controls in place to prevent another financial meltdown such as we experienced in 2008. Even this plan was watered down greatly by Republicans and is a much more modest law than originally intended. Still It is being opposed by the banks and Republicans in Congress because it will restrict their autonomy and profits. Mitt Romney also opposes this legislation and has stated that he would repeal it. I guess they would rather return to the "Wild West" days of the Bush Administration where the financial industry plunged us into the deepest recession since the Great Depression.

Let me now turn to the area of foreign and defense policies. This political arena has been a historical weakness for Democrats dating back at least to the 1960's. That condition has dramatically changed over the last four years and continues this election cycle. President Obama decided from the outset of his Presidential term to withdraw combat troops from Iraq and temporarily surge troop levels in Afghanistan. He was very successful on his deliberate withdrawal of troops out of Iraq which was completed in December of 2011. The surge of troops in Afghanistan illicited some strategic security gains at first but has now stalled badly. Certain areas outside of the capital city of Kabul have even backslided. Still we are on course for total combat troop withdrawal in 2014. Mitt Romney has argued for a return to full combat status against the Taliban in Afghanistan. He has also criticized the President for his withdrawal of troops in Iraq. These foreign policy statements show that he has adopted the views of his neo-conservative foreign policy advisors. Most of these advisors worked for President Bush and helped craft the strategies that brought us and left President Obama these two wars.

The battle against terrorism has intensified since President Obama took office. Drone strikes against Al-Qaeda leaders and their strongholds has greatly diminished their operational capabilities. He has also increased Homeland Security intelligence activities which resulted in the location and elimination of Osama bin-Laden. Mitt Romney has not stated much in public on this subject but has said that he would continue to pursue Al-Qaeda terrorists aggressively.

The more diplomatic and collegial tone that President Obama has adopted with other nations of the world has increased our standing among these countries. They now feel that their opinions will at least be listened to and that we will not run roughshod over our allies. The belligerent neo-conservative policies of President George W. Bush greatly decreased the respect and cooperation we received from our allies and even some adversaries. Mitt Romney will most certainly return us to these Bush adminstration policies since most of his top foreign and defense advisors are neo-conservatives who worked for President Bush.

The final area that I will address is the one that most energizes both political bases. These are the social issues. Some have more importance and relevance to voters depending upon the Presidential election year. I will briefly analyze four that have become most important during the lead up to this Presidential election. The first of these are the so-called women's issues. These include both equal pay for equal work along with freedom of choice in reproductive rights.

President Obama's first major bill signing was the Lily Ledbetter Act. This law extended a woman's ability to sue for redress if an employer discriminated against her in regards to wage compensation. Mitt Romney opposes all governmental intervention in this and many other areas. He feels that it is an employer's perogative to pay any employee what he or she feels appropriate regardless if it is discriminatory.

President Obama is pro-choice regarding abortion. He also strives to preserve the ability of all women to have affordable access to all contraceptive services. The President feels that this is important in empowering all women to have the freedom of all choices regarding their reproductive options regardless of income status. Mitt Romney has been all over the place on abortion. He was pro-choice when he was Governor of Massachusetts. Romney was opposed to all abortions during the Republican primaries but now he has exclusions for rape and the health of the mother. He seems to be more interested in his Presidential prospects than the reproductive rights of women. Planned Parenthood is an organization that Romney has vowed to de-fund if he becomes President further resticting the reproductive options of poor women.

A second social issue is one that the Republicans took full advantage of during the 2010 elections. This is the Affordable Healthcare Reform Act. The Republicans were successful in demonizing this landmark legislation both during the legislative process and afterwards. My view is that it was essential to pass this law because it is inhumane to tie affordable healthcare primarily to employment. There is now much more fairness in our healthcare system. Healthcare insurance companies are no longer allowed to penalize people with pre-existing conditions. Everyone are also now required to obtain this insurance. Medicaid will be expanded to pay for those who cannot afford healthcare insurance. There are also built in mechanisms to start decreasing unnecessary procedures that are performed simply to increase revenue for medical groups. Quality will now be rewarded over quantity by compensating for better health results. The new state healthcare exchanges, which will start in 2014, will also greatly reduce costs due to economics of scale. Mitt Romney has continually vowed to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Reform Act. He now states that he will keep the good aspects such as the pre-existing condition protection while gutting the rest of the law. This is economically unfeasible. His own Massachusetts Healthcare Reform law initiated the individual mandate and statewide exchange to allow the state to be able to afford this new law. The Massachusetts plan has been highly successful and widely popular. Why not institute this nationwide?

Immigration reform has been a major issue since the Bush Administration tried to pass sensible and fair reform in 2008. Then as now political pandering defeated it. President Obama saw the opposition in Congress regarding this reform and decided to scale back his proposals. His adminstration instead pushed new legislation called the "Dream Act". This legislation would grant permanent residency to undocumented residents who either performed two years of military service or attended two years at a four year college. Furthermore, they must have a clean criminal record and be under 35 years of age. This program is also only for undocumented residents who entered this country as minors under their parents auspices. Republicans defeated this bill in Congress so President Obama issued a new mandate to stop deporting young undocumented residents. He is also granting them work permits if they have clean records and meet other criteria. Mitt Romney has denounced this move along with the Dream Act. He says that he will instead propose new comprehensive immigration reform legislation but offers no details.

The final social issue that I wish to examine is Gay Rights. President Obama has been deliberate and careful in addressing these issues. He has always been in support of the same civil rights for gay individuals as any other minority groups. The President was bold in repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in our military services. Gay military service men and women are now allowed to come out publicly in stating their true sexual orientation without fear of reprisal. His stance on gay marriage has been a different matter. President Obama originally believed that marriage was reserved only for heterosexual couples. He did support civil unions for gay couples which gave them the same benefits and legal protections. The President slowly began changing his views on this subject and a few months ago he publicly announced that he has now decided to support efforts at legalizing gay marriage. Mitt Romney was, in his own words, to the left of Senator Ted Kennedy in regards to gay rights during his 1994 U.S. Senate campaign in Massachusetts. Now he is totally against gay marriage and most equal rights efforts for gay individuals.

My conclusion after all of this analysis is that President Barack Obama is by far more closely attuned to my views on all of the issues that I have just addressed. In fact, it is not clear to me what Mitt Romney truly believes in. He has changed his stance on most every issue several times depending upon the audience he is addressing. I find this to be an extremely dangerous condition.

President Obama received a very large amount of his campaign contributions from Wall Street in 2008. That did not prevent him from pursuing a strong financial reform bill that they vigorously opposed. The result is that Wall Street is contributing only a fraction of what they contributed to President Obama in 2008 for this election. Mitt Romney is supported by mostly wealthy corporate contributors. My belief is that he will be beholden to their wishes and interests. These wishes are primarily eliminating regulations on business and drastically lowering their taxes. Mitt Romney will have to tremendously slash our social safety net programs and many middle class deductions to achieve his goal of a large income tax rate cut. He claims he will not but that is not economically feasible. A much greater percentage of the national tax burden will then be on the middle class while his wealthy patrons reap a financial bonanza.

The bulk of the campaign contributions to President Obama's 2012 campaign have come from small contributions by middle class Americans. These are the people who he will primarily serve. His stances on the issues demonstrate this and they match my own. It appears that the whole rationale behind everything that Mitt Romney says and does is to get elected President. He does not seem to have any core values. Consistency, courage, and truthfulness certainly are not among them. I believe that he will gut the middle class with his economic policies and eventually plunge us back into an even worse financial meltdown. The reason for this is that an economy without a vibrant middle class to fuel it will eventually implode upon itself without enough consumer spending. Corporations and the wealthy only see their own short term interests and not the bigger picture. Mitt Romney is one of them and will install these short sighted policies if he is elected.

I am voting for President Barack Obama because he has all of our interests in mind and will work for us. I implore everyone to conduct a similar exercise examining your own views and values and then matching them with the candidates. Please vote and make this decision carefully. The stakes in this Presidential election are too critical not to.

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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Wow! What a job you did on this one. I echo your feelings 100%. The stakes are too high this time. I do think that if you only look at one issue at a time, Obama looks a little weak. But when you actually look at EVERYTHING he has done, I think it's pretty impressive considering the economic conditions and a Congress that is totally dysfunctional. People have criticized Obama for side-stepping Congress but I think it speaks volumes to the man's character that he is more interested in making progress than he is in making cronies. Voted up, awesom, interesting, useful, and will be shared! A+++

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e-five 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Great essay. Thanks for the additional persepective.

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

I agree with you entirely, lrc7815. President Obama was dealt a poor hand but has done an immense amount to stabilize and slowly grow the economy. This was all during a time of hyper-partisan opposition in Congress. I wish he had been better in selling his accomplishments to the public instead of allowing the GOP to define and denigrate everything. Thank you for your kind comments.

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

Thank you very much, e-five. I am glad you liked my Hub and my perspective.

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Johnkadu123 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Great hub. It is too much to contemplate that people might consider going back to the Bush years. That is the puzzling thing about Republicans. They almost always convince people to vote against their interests. Apparently poor people are expected to continue maintaining the lifestyles of rich people and minorities are expected to take abuse but keep voting GOP. Women are supposed to turn into Stepford Wives and vote Conservative. This election is so close that every vote counts. Thanks for the hub.

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

I am also amazed at how often people vote against their own interests. It seems to me that they fail to study up on candidates and simply listen to media and advertisement soundbites. It is clear to me that the President's goals are for all of the people while Mitt Romney cares mostly for his wealthy benefactors. Thank you for your comments, Johnkadu123.

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KT Banks 4 years ago from Texas

"The reason for this is that an economy without a vibrant middle class to fuel it will eventually implode upon itself without enough consumer spending."

I really don't understand how THEY don't understand this.

Great hub. As an Independent voter, I love how well thought out this is. I just wish everyone would really put a lot of thought into it, instead of blindly voting for one particular party. I would have actually voted for Ron Paul, if I could.

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

I do not know how anyone does not understand the need for a vibrant middle class either. Business leaders and the wealthy seem to now be mostly selfish short sighted people. Henry Ford knew, way back when, that he needed people to have money to buy his cars. Therefore he treated his employees wonderfully and they bought his cars. This reverberated out into the economy as a whole. Voting for Ron Paul or anyone is fine with me as long as a person knows his or her own views and understands the candidates. Not just paid for soundbites. Thank you for your comments, KT.

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Prakash Dighe 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

Thanks for taking the time to put everything in proper perspective, and sharing it with us.

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

You are very welcome, Prakash. Thank you for your comments.

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Mom Kat 4 years ago from USA

Very well written indeed! I don't think I could be so level headed in sharing my views as you were here :) While I have studied and weighed all the information at my disposal so my choice is well informed - that darn heart of mine just pumps up too much passion.

I agree with your reasons for wanting to re-elect President Obama, along with a bunch of other ones :)

Seriously though, this is a superb example of high quality writing.

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abbykorinnelee 4 years ago from Ripon Wisconsin

This is exactly what should be done when you are going to adequately explain something as tense as this election. I have been disappointed with how Obama seems a giant walking target used for the scapegoat of the American People. I actually didn't vote in that election when I was in Germany where my spouse at the time and our family were stationed. It had nothing to do with him being black or that his party affiliation or any of the issues on the table. It was this Iraq war.

I believe when I am living a daily life of combat stressed life, been through three deployments, my spouse goes nuts and gets diagnosed with PTSD...when I watched so many people who once believed in why they joined the military were not all for the war, they spoke out about not thinking we should still be there or what the real reason we went in their country when it wasn't Hussaien we had been after for the planes flying into our buildings. I voted for Bush...twice...and so after what I thought he was going to do and what he did and didn't do and what I didn't believe was greatly conflicted.

Here is a well spoken candidate that has excellent skills with his nonverbal communication, comes in and says there will be a withdrawal of troops in this quick amount of time if you thought about it and that he would deliver this promise...one I wanted and one I would have voted for him in regards to but...I didn't trust him as far as I could throw him simply because of the lies told to me by Bush.

So when I decided to not listen, care, comment, or have anything at all to do with this election I meant it. I was done because no matter what our government will say an ddo what will fit its needs and if it means fudging to people to gain votes? Don't think they wouldn't do it.

So, I respect how much time you put in to explaining this because as soon as I said I decided to vote for Obama...immediately I am ridiculed.

I don't like Romney. I don't like that all I hear from them is the rich he rich the rich. So, to me and I am not nearly as educated as you so bear with somewhat of my ignorance and please correct me if I misspeak because I may misunderstand something....all that they care about is the 1% of this population in this country. That anyone near the bottom of that socio-economic ladder isn't important to our society. A Republican wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood that was all I had for support during my first prgnancy and after my rape. Guess what Romeny they do more than abortions and he willingly and knowling will close a program that has given women a safe haven to feel comfortable about birth control, about asking for STD testing, for information about adoption and what happens if I decide an abortion.

Someone informed me and this might be wrong, that the republican gets elected and he will than be changing back to I wan tto make abortion illegal unless they were raped or a victim of incest and no other reason will qualify because of the moral and basic principal of human law (that is clearly stated in the manual as if a woman has multiple children already, has special needs children, at risk kids, and is a single parent than is pregnant. She decides that I have four children and am in no position to be financially stable enough to support to the desired capacity for my kids but my ex-husband is supportive and in two years I will have my Bacholor's degree and I will be able to get off food stamps and look for private insurance.

Autism is huge for me. Autism was denied health coverage across the nation an alarming rates and so many children were denied access to early intervention programs because they couldn't get insurance and the ones that did have insurance would deny Autism related situations because it was not an issue at the forfront of the public settings and worries.

Romney stated that if the parents held work insurance than Autism was covered so it wasn't a big issue. He ignored and has not ever answered if he understands that Autism is a pre-existing condtion under his plan and he states that the issue that relates to Autism isn't a major issue and is being exploiteted for personal gains. Facts they used I double checked and compared it against the actual study that was published by its authors and you saw me complete the discussion. The truth is that they are denied care and no services. Medicaide will be cut as well and so many people will not be able to be insured. Mental Health Services will not be free anylonger and as of the first of December if it doesn't get changed is the fact that we have a fear bias of the child...you should he is coming.

Obama signed that Autism Health care bill correct?

I am a single mother that was abandoned by her soldier spouse and committing blatant adultery and left us with no car and no money for the next four months. Finally when she couldn't deal with it anymore she stated that Romney has no set plan to even expand programs or awareness because we dont feel it was that serious and if they chose to kill themself, than they desarve to die and give the life to someone that will ascend beyond the cruel people in this world.

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

You are correct, Abby and thank you for your comments. The new Affordable Healthcare law does eliminate all pre-existing condition restrictions. President Obama did follow through on the troop withdrawal from Iraq as well as accomplishing a goal the President Bush failed at. That was the killing of Osama bin-Laden. President Bush took us off to a war that had nothing to do with 9/11. It was a neo-conserative vendetta against Saddam Hussein. They took their eyes off Afghanistan and it went downhill. This was the area for Al-Qaeda. President Obama tried to strengthen this area and prevent a resurgence of Al-Qaeda there. It's had mixed results but we are on pace to be out of there also in 2014. The President is for all the people and I believe Mitt Romney will be for his corporate benefactors.

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

Thank you very much for your kind comments, Mom Kat. It is alright to go with your heart but only after researching and knowing the issues. For me, it was an easy choice after my research.

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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

An excellent breakdown of truth which I hope will make a difference.

I vote this up! I will keep tweeting up until election day and I have pin this too. You have covered just about every issue. Thank you for allowing me to see that not every person is so *blind* to see what this President is trying to accomplish. May God Bless you!

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

Thank you very much for your kind comments, Jo. I believe the choice is clear and I hope most Americans do so also.

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abbykorinnelee 4 years ago from Ripon Wisconsin

I have to say in regards to Bush I think he just wanted to finish what his dad couldn't..lol...and Obama cares more about humanity and Romney disrespected half the population which is women and he doesn't care about the poor, and he doesn't seem to be able to keep religion out of everything...frankly he is an egotistical A*&...disrespect me in election year and you will def do it elected...humanity over the pocketbook...take from the rich to help out the poor instead of giving it all to the already rich who will only use it for more shoes, yahts, exotic vacations or whatever the rich do with it. I hate politics and never ever have talked about it in election but this year it seems so important because it comes down to what is important humanity or money. I dread the day of election the wait to see who it is kills me.

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

Thank you for your comments, Abby. I hope President Obama wins also.

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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA

Dear Professor, and I say that with sincere respect and admiration!

You never cease to impress me! This is the very best article I have read on the subject of voting for President Obama. Leave it to you! You have an unmatched ability to put issues into clear, concise perspective and have accomplished that once again. Your writing always brings me peace.

I am not surprised and I thank you for this.

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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA

Please let us know that you are safe!

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

You are very welcome, Jillian, and thank you for your kind comments. Who are you voting for? hehehe never mind, I think I know.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Well said!! If only our POTUS could read your tribute to him. I'll be sure and share this around. Hopefully it will help out the "undecided" :)

Obama/Biden for 2012

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

I am quite safe, Jillian, thank you for asking. I did have to go to work for 4 hours yesterday but the drive home was uneventful but quite windy. I now work as a Shift Supervisor for a store in a major drug chain. Luckikly they let us leave at 6 instead of 10 which is closing. I cannot get in touch with my Mom on Staten Island due to the phones and probably the power being out. She is in a fairly safe area and has a strong support system there. The bridges are closed so I couldn't go there even if I wanted to. Hope you are feeling well.

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

Thank you Sunshine625 both for the compliment and comments and also for circulating my Hub around. Everybody needs to get out and vote. There is too much at stake not to.

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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA

Hi, H- I am relieved you are safe. My uncle and cousins are on Staten Island along with your mom, as you know. Haven't been able to reach them either. I pray they are all safe.

You sly one, you! How did you know that I am in the tank for President Obama? I thought I was subtle! Please continue to take care---let me know when you hear from your mom. I know it must take all of your self control to not try to head out and scoop her up...

The only hurricane I remember being in the middle of was Hurricane Donna, back in the early '60's. I was about 6 and was terrified!

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

Thank you very much for your thoughts and prayers. Mine go out to you and your family also.

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GiancarloLorenzo 4 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

Great hub. I'm voting for Obama because Romney is a flip flopping tool who will say or do whatever he can to get elected.

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

Thank you for your comments, GiancarloLorenzo. I totally agree with your assessments. Romney will definitely be a puppet for his wealthy corporate contributors.

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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA

Hello HSchneider -

You did a lot of writing in your article, mostl of which we have both heard and read a great many times over the past months. If repetition is good, then this hub is a total winner.

However, I hope that we are not to be treated with weeks of raw politics here on HubPages. Enough is enough.

Anyway, I have already voted, thus cancelling out the vote of at least one who voted "the other way." He or she, too, voiced a lot of sophomoric nonsense, most of which consisted of various "talking points" that had been advanced toward us. Fact is, that sort of nothingness goes in opposing directions, and not much of it is worth repeating.

If it is meaningful, the crowd at the early-voting place was really huge. When I witnessed that, I figured that the "wisdom of the masses" was truly on display - at least on that day. From my subsequent reading of the news, I can see that I was not alone in seeing the large turnout.

The best thing to do is to vote for me. I'm on the Redneck ticket, and I promise to do as little as possible when I am elected.

Gus :-)))

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

Thank you for commenting on my Hub, Gus. I am glad to hear that the turnout was heavy at your polling place. I hope this will be true in all 50 states. Voting is critical no matter what your political views are. My Hub was not meant to be simply talking points but my studied views on all of the issues. I am sorry you did not see the way I intended.

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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA

Hello again, HSchneider - "Talking Points..." I had a college roommate freshly returned from duty in WW-2. He hated the Red Cross. I know that because he told me so, and then he told me why. It was because the Red Cross lady asked him to pay for some donuts one time. He never explained why she did so, but just that it angered him to the point where he refused ever to donate a penny to the Red Cross or to donate blood through their blood program, or to give any of his time to their doings as a volunteer worker. A more sincere sort of hate I could not imagine. He did not like the Red Cross.

Ignoring his hate, I volunteered for some Red Cross programs, one of which was as a driver of folks to their medical appointments, as a helper in their training of people in their "artificial respiration" classes, and as a blood donor. They gave me some much-needed help when my military pay was held up because I was being reassigned here and there. I never did get any of their donuts, but I survived despite that.

My point is that one person's experience is not necessarily repeated for everyone. My roommate hated the Red Cross, whereas the Red Cross was "good" to me and gave me cause to appreciate them. Had I simply listened to my roommate, that would not have happened.

It is much the same for what people say about one politician or another. If you believe all of the nonsense, then you are going to be either a big-time winner or a big-time loser. If you search out the truth about people by observing what they do and not what is said about or by them, you stand a much better chance of being correct in your assessments. Therefore, because I may have only one more big election to yet enjoy, I watch their hands and their feet rather than their tongues. I watch their colleagues and their advisers. I watch their friends, detractors and their enemies - who favors them and who they favor.

I don't worry about having to pay for a donut when everyone else has to do the same. If I can't afford to buy a donut, I'll do without. What would make me worry is a committee of strangers who might sit around a meeting table and dictate that I am not allowed to have any donuts because I am not going to be here all that long and, thus, am not worth a donut.

I hate the thought of having to worry now after so many years of hanging around the planet, and that's why I decided to run for office on the Redneck Ticket. [ :) ] What I offer to all voters who might favor me in the election is that I will (1) leave them alone (2) not lie to them (3) take no more than one two-week vacation per year (4) start no wars on my own (5) nominate Jack Daniel for Secretary of State and Jim Beam as Surgeon General and "Big Bird" to be head of our UN Delegation, and, finally, (6) Chef Paul Prudhomme as my Head Advisor for Redneck and Cajun Affairs.

Now that I have your vote, I wish you well. I know that my wish will come true, for you have proven yourself in the things you have accomplished in times and circumstances that would probably floor most of us.

Gus :-)))

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

Thank you for conveying your poignant stories to me and my readers, Gus. I understand and agree with your point that one person's experience can and often is different than another person's experience with the same thing. I believe that I am supporting President Obama for the things he has done and not his talking points. I gather from your donuts story that you are talking about the new Affordable Healthcare Law and that they would have so-called "death panels" to deny life extending services to the very sick or elderly. I do not believe this to be the case. Actually healthcare insurance companies do a form of this now and I consider this to be a despicable practice. I wish you well, Gus and good luck on your third party candidacy. I doubt you will be on my ballot here in New Jersey. I also wish you good health and I hope this is not your last election. Be well and thank you very much for commenting again on my Hub. Your stories gave me a lot of food for thought. Your proposed cabinet gave me several needed chuckles.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Obviously I am a johnny-come-lately to this hub but you've made many points and put forth many valid theories. Just because the election is over it doesn't mean we need to stop looking at what's going on around us, especially at the government level....or what is happening in the White House. So often the news is slanted or leaves out elements we should be hearing to make informed decisions.

I enjoyed reading this and voted up, useful, and interesting.

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

Thank you, Tillsontitan and I totally agree with you. Good citizens should continually remain interested in what their government is doing. Getting your information from a variety of different sources is essential to remaining properly informed. Informing your governmental leaders on what they are doing, right or wrong, is also part of keeping them responsive to your needs and views.

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Thecrowngem 4 years ago

What is your view concerning this Bengahi thing, and how come the GOP can not let the investigate go threw it's full course. Also do they not realize that many GOP will lose their position if they do not let this President do what we voted him to do. We are ready to vote them out of office.

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

I believe the Benghazi incident to be unfortunate but it's an occupational hazard for diplomacy in explosive countries. Security should have been tighter but the Republicans simply want to make a political issue out of this. That is shameful. Investigate, find out the causes and move on. The Tea Party is still wagging the GOP dog so I think they will still seek to block most of the President's initiatives. Hopefully they will pay for their obstinancy at the ballot box. Thank you for your comments, Thecrowngem.

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Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

That was a great article, all the points were logically laid out. I trust the President's instincts as being in our corner and doing accordingly even if nobody were watching, I don't have that trust of Mr. Romney who I have always seen was just one of 'them". Those that ran the economy off from the cliff in the first place and want an advocate in the white house to allow them to repeat the performance as if it had never happened. Because Romney never really connected with the middle class is the primary reason that he went down to defeat, despite commentary to the contrary bu the rightwing pundits.

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

I agree with you that Mitt Romney never cvonnected to the middle class. Actually he was beholden to the wealthy and Corporate America. I also would not trust him because he changed his views on all subjects to suit his current audience. Truthfully he would have served his corporate patrons and destroyed the middle class. Thank you for your comments, Cred2.

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Thecrowngem 4 years ago

I find your comments informative and you show a lot of wisdom.

Thank you!

HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey Author

Thank you for your kind comments, Thecrowngem.

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