Most election years are somewhat difficult for me, as I find myself uncomfortably stuck between a politically charged rock and a hard place. Because my political beliefs create an internal dichotomy between social welfare and fiscal reform, I usually leave it up to the debates to help me select my candidate. Well this year was a total bust, and did not aid my decision making process in the least. I typically align with the conservative stance on taxation, budget allotment, and big-business backings, yet fervently side with the liberal views on social importances like abortion, gay rights, etc… however since I cannot determine what the heck Mitt’s financial agenda is, Obama gets my completely unchallenged vote.
In other “normal” election circumstances I might deliberate more between the two parties, and as such, I am often invited to both Democratic and Republican events, which brings me to the whole point of this posting (well, one of them…), Political Dressing. As in, what the F do I wear to these party-centered soirees that satisfy the need for style yet keep you looking politically correct?
Though all elections (especially presidential ones) are very important, this 2012 election really hits home for us ladies. There are some pretty big decisions being made regarding our health and well-being, and I don’t know about you… but I am not really comfortable letting others decide and speak for me regarding my body and self. Apparently, I am not the only one who feels this way, and some of my favorite voices in the media and Hollywood, have come together to create this presidential PSA. Enjoy!
[Women constitute more than half of the population. In 2008, 60% of voters were women. It is estimated that 10 million more women than men will vote in this election. Despite this, women make up only 16% of Congress. Women earn only 70 cents to each dollar men make. Women of color and undocumented women make less than white citizens. Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are determined to overturn Roe V. Wade. Romney has not supported equal pay for women (The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act). Romney has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood. Romney has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Romney doesn't want health care to cover birth control. Romney says same sex marriage should be banned with a Constitutional Amendment.
Women, let's rise up. Our vote alone can win this election. A vote for Obama is a vote for your health and your right to choose. It is a vote for equal pay and equal rights. A vote for Obama is a vote for our families. It is a vote to marry who you choose. It's a vote to start a family when you choose. A vote for Obama says that we won't stand for violence against women and that rape is rape. Our vote ensures that our daughters will grow up with the same rights that we've had. A vote for Obama sends a message: This war on women must end. We will not go backwards.
This election is shockingly close. Our safety is at stake. Our silence is consent and our vote is our voice. Let’s get active. Let’s get out every vote we can. Let’s make this election a mandate. A mandate to finally ensure women the respect, dignity and equality we all deserve! This is now. This is our call to action. Once and for all, let's take back the power that is so inherently and naturally ours!]
And Finally, my dearest readers, I leave you with this…
Regardless of who you vote for in this election, please just make sure that you are doing your responsibility as an American, and go VOTE. This election is extremely close, and the issues surrounding it are very real and could potentially change the face of our government, and strongly effect our finances, as well as health care circumstances, so it is of the utmost importance that you look at what amendments you’re voting on, make an INFORMED DECISION, and do your damnedest to get to the voting polls and let your voice and opinion be heard.