As if you guys couldn’t get enough political articles to read, here’s my two cents (or less if you bargain with me) on the matter.
As the title suggests, I am a twenty-something (25-soon-to-be-26 to be exact) who lives in Florida with my husband. Yes, we are a hetero white couple who live in a major city (Orlando) and both have jobs. My husband works at a small business, which he has been with since its infancy ten years ago. I’m the product of a middle-class family and went through the public education system here in Florida. So, if one were to guess based on these few facts, it may seem like I would probably lean toward the right politically, wouldn’t it?
I may be registered as a nonpartisan, but I have yet to find a Republican candidate that I could, in good conscience, support and vote for. Hey, don’t get me wrong, I
want try to see things from their perspective, but it just won’t work. Let’s look a little deeper at the facts:
– I am a woman. This makes me automatically wary of Romney, Ryan, and all of those who wish to make decisions for me that they have no business in. Do I need contraception? No; I’m married, he’s clean, and I have Turner’s syndrome anyway which makes having kids the traditional way an impossibility (but more on that another time). But does that mean that my friends who want it should have to go through hoops to get it? HELL NO. Also: there are other things that the right tends to not want to cover… like, say, any gynecological issue I may have? And as far as abortion goes, I personally wouldn’t do it, but I will never fault anyone who makes that decision because I don’t know their circumstances. I shan’t judge anyone unless I have all of the facts. My mother has always been the worker in our family; my dad is on Social Security and is the stay-at-home parent. As such, I have a very different viewpoint on gender roles than those who wish to take us back into the Fifties.
– I am (very) middle-class and so is my family. As such, I cannot and will not endorse anyone who doesn’t want to pay as much in taxes as I do, and/or who wishes to hide their money situation from those they wish to lead. I also can’t endorse anyone who profits from the misfortune of others. I do not fault anyone who makes something of themselves; that is commendable. However, I refuse to believe that they cannot do something to help those who are trying to do the exact same thing that they have done, which is to improve the lives of their families.
– I am a student… which makes me, by definition, either ridiculously poor or in debt. I was fortunate enough for most of my academic career to receive Pell grants and the like; however, I still had to cover my books and now I don’t even get the grant at all because my husband and I make too much combined. The only way I can attend school now is through loans. I’m at odds with the right on this issue because they have no plans whatsoever to help those who are in my situation (or worse). I don’t think they realize the message here: only the rich should be able to go on to higher education? Uh yeah, no.
– … who wants to be a teacher. And the right isn’t exactly looking to entice me to do it, either. I live in Florida, which, as most know, is governed by Rick Scott. *growls* Students here are forced to take an exam that is so high-stakes that they can pass their classes with As, but if they do not pass the FCAT, tough: no advancement for you. *headdesk* As an English teacher, I would also be forced to “teach to the test”: teachers are judged based upon their students’ scores. And the crazy part? I STILL WANT TO TEACH IN FLORIDA. Memo to those in charge: start giving me a reason to want to stay here!
I could go on about the advantages I see in Obamacare (having been able to be put back on my mother’s health insurance after the law was enacted because I wasn’t 26 yet), or Romney’s economic record, or countless other facts. Instead, I shall hop off of my soapbox, invite both agreements and criticism, and contemplate canvasing for the President again this weekend.