Connect with us

NYCTalking

Why I voted for President Obama.

Rants

Why I voted for President Obama.

I live in NYC, when it comes to politics, NYS is one of the most liberal states in this country. It can be so liberal that at times I find it sickening. Yesterday as I stood on line to vote, I saw the typical Obama supporters, standing on line talking about how crappy the “republican white man” is. All this “white man bashing” happening while I stood on a line among some “white people” that also were supporting Obama. The racial divide is ridiculous.

As I stood there, hundreds of thoughts crossed through my mind, thoughts that ranged from “why am I even bothering”, to more trivial things like “I wonder if my registration actually went through”. My son’s last school was an insane madhouse, it was packed inside and the line outside was huge. I was glad to see so many people taking a stand and voting, though once inside I only encountered more chaos. Ultimately I found my designated place in the madness and filled out a paper affidavit vote, apparently my paperwork had not gone through.

As I stared at the little vote bubbles, I thought “we are facked no matter what happens”. Regardless of my choices, I know that President Obama is taking NYC, so why am I even bothering?  There were 29 electoral votes all for the President, regardless of my vote. Well here is what it came down to for me, and I truly, truly, truly  hope that I did the right thing, though I still believe my vote didn’t mean sh*t, at least I got out there and voted. To me it came down to the lesser of the two evils.

On this website I have been very verbal and outspoken about problems that I have with the Obama administration, problems ranging from “the fast and the furious” to his saying that we have “57” states. However, I also have problems with Mr. Romney and the current far right leadership. Major, major problems that simply cannot be overlooked.

Let’s examine a few of the major key points in why I went with Barrack Obama.

Mitt Romney openly said that “marriage” was a union between a man and a woman. He was rock solid on his stance on this matter and didn’t seem open to negotiate at all on this. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do believe that the word “marriage” is a religious term that indicates the ‘”marrying” of a man and a woman. I believe the religious people should keep that word, I don’t care, I am not “married” to the word “marriage”. See what I did there?  However, I also believe that my gay friends should be able to have a civil union to protect and honor their loved ones if they want to take that path. I don’t care if you call it marriage, civil union, or if you call it hakuna matata, but it should exist. This was a major factor in my decision making.

Though I don’t think he ever blatantly said “I’ll ban abortion”, as a religious man, it’s pretty clear that this was on the agenda. Pro life in essence means against abortion rights which means that you are against a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body. And though I hate abortions as much as the next guy, I believe that women should 100% have the right to choose. To be honest with you, except for the filthiest of trash, I don’t think any woman “likes” abortions, but they should have the right to choose. Especially when it comes to rape victims and so on. This is non-negotiable and yes, some of my republican friends have made some amazing arguments against abortion. Citing items such as “when is it murder”, and “is it the baby’s fault”?  However, I cannot support a world that would be led by a leader that would even entertain the thought of a rape victim being forced to have a rape baby. I’m sorry, I cannot, and will not support this.

Now, let me say this again, I know that NYC belongs to Obama. I hate that the election is a given in that way, but that’s a fact. As I stood on line I knew that Obama had this, but still I had to do my part. I have many complaints about Obama, however, with the exception of when Giuliani was mayor, and when Clinton was president I can’t recall a time when a politician’s actions directly impacted me or my loved ones.

As much as I mock “Obama Phone Lady“, and as much as I complain about “Obamacare”, those two programs have helped people I love. My dad is a senior citizen collecting chump change from social security after nearly 3/4s of a century busting his hump working for scraps. My wife, thanks to greedy business practices ended up getting laid off at least 5 times in the time we have been together.  Up until we got married she was always on her own company medical insurance, and since she kept getting laid off, she had to rely on “Obamacare” at one point to help keep her costs down. From paying potentially $600 a month, Obamacare helped keep her costs to about $100 or so a month.  Don’t quote me on the month aspect, I made that assumption but I could be wrong, her words were “Instead of $600 I had to pay $100”.

What would happen to good, hard working people like these if those programs went away? What would my mom have done when she was here alone by herself, struggling to try and raise two kids if programs like section 8 didn’t exist? I mean I understand that these programs are not free, I know “I am paying for them with my tax dollars”, and I get that this “may” hurt us long term, but we are here now and we have to live. And maybe, just maybe Obama is on to something?

I went to school, earned several college degrees, I served the country, I work full time and I earn a decent living, but even so I cannot afford to pay for phones for everyone in my family. Between my expenses, helping my mom, my sisters, my dad and my son, having the government give my old man a cheapy minutes phone helps!

Now it’s not as simple as black and white, and I don’t agree with Obama on everything, as would be evident to anyone that reads on this site. However, when it came down to some crucial points, I had to go with Barrack Obama.  I pray to God that I did the right thing.

CONNECT ON OUR CHANNELS




NYCTalking


Growing Up Bronx


Please note the date on a post as it may be an old point of view. If you learn that your views are wrong, yet they remain the same, you are a fool. We should always seek to grow and learn. I keep the old posts visible to show my evolution. Finally know that the opinions and views expressed are solely those of the author.

Continue Reading

Covering fitness, social issues, biz reviews, news & more! Veteran, Tech, Certified Fitness Pro featured on Huffpo, Fox News, NatGeo, NPR, NY1, ZLiving, HLN, Men’s Fitness, MTV, & other major platforms.

20 Comments
  • Very well written angel. The greatest thing about you is your ability to express yourself. I too voted Obama. As a woman and a minority, my freedom to make my own decisiona about my body are important. Controling a woman’s right to choose is wrong and I feel it can lead to dangerous consequences if they don’t have the resources to get the help they need. And my president has struggled in his lifetime. Who better to bring us thru another 4 yrs than someone who knows first hand what it felt like to live paycheck to paycheck.
    God bless America.

  • Even though I voted for Obama, as noted above. All this gloating from Obama supporters is getting really annoying. Bunch of sore winners. Makes me think of the Obama phone lady http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio and then I get pissed. Damn freeloaders. But I had to support the good people out there, and I didn’t want to let my dislike for the MOOCHERS punish the good people that just need help.

  • I completely agree with you! Very well-written!

  • “On this website I have been very verbal and outspoken about problems that I have with the Obama administration, problems ranging from “the fast and the furious…”
    • So the Obama Admin gives all those guns to Mexican drug cartels – which killed hundreds of Mexicans as well as U.S. Border Patrol Agents – and then Obama uses “Executive Privilege” so he won’t have to release any documents on ‘Fast and Furious’ – and you still vote for the guy? Would you still vote for Obama if your brother was a Border Patrol Agent that was killed with a gun that that Obama admin gave to drug cartels?
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/20/obama-asserts-executive-privilege-over-ff-docs/?page=all

    “Mitt Romney openly said that “marriage” was a union between a man and a woman.”
    • Same thing Obama said in 2008. (Not that I believed him when he said it) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3dxSCu–Z8
    “my gay friends should be able to have a civil union to protect and honor their loved ones if they want to take that path. I don’t care if you call it marriage, civil union, or if you call it hakuna matata, but it should exist. This was a major factor in my decision.”
    • Romney said he opposed civil unions but “would look to protect already established rights and extend basic civil rights to domestic partnerships”

    “I cannot support a world that would be led by a leader that would even entertain the thought of a rape victim being forced to have a rape baby. I’m sorry, I cannot, and will not support this.”
    • And when did Romney say he wanted to stop women that were raped form having abortions? He didn’t say it! Here a link to the very LIBERAL website that says just that. “Mitt Romney: Abortion Should Be Legal In Cases Of Rape, Incest, Mother’s Health” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/mitt-romney-abortion_n_1834888.html
    As much as I mock “Obama Phone Lady“, and as much as I complain about “Obamacare”, those two programs have helped people I love.
    • We will no longer have the best heath care in the world if we don’t somehow repeal ObamaCare (chances are slim to none that we’ll be able to repeal it now). There is reason why people from all over the world come here for the best care. There is a reason why most medical innovation happens in this country. I really feel bad for the people of Canada. When they’re told they’ll have to wait 6 months for a medical procedure they’ll no longer be able to come here and get the care they need. (Canada: Short course in brain surgery. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_Rf42zNl9U )
    My wife, thanks to greedy business practices ended up getting laid off at least 5 times in the time we have been together.
    • I can’t say why your wife was laid off, but I do know this. Business can and will always lay people off if they feel they can get by without them. People go in business to make the most money as possible, not to hire the most people. They hire more people as a byproduct of a growing business. In some countries they ‘protect’ workers by making it very hard for businesses to lay them off. (I can see Obama doing this). The result – people are afraid to hire people, knowing that if they feel to lay that person off later, the almighty state my not allow them to do so. My wife was laid off too. And I have NO ISSUE with the company that laid her off. The hired her, thinking that they wanted her help get a greater market share in a certain business – and they then had new leadership which didn’t have the same vision and let her go. That’s life.

    I also know this. Business is trying to get as lean as possible because they fear Obama, especially the costs of ObamaCare. Expect more of that now.
    Up until we got married she was always on her own company medical insurance, and since she kept getting laid off, she had to rely on “Obamacare” at one point to help keep her costs down.
    • FACT: Since Obamacare was enacted, family premiums have climbed nearly $2,000. http://www.forbes.com/sites/sallypipes/2012/10/01/another-broken-obama-promise-the-healthcare-cost-monster-emerges
    I went to school, earned several college degrees, I served the country, I work full time and I earn a decent living, but even so I cannot afford to pay for phones for everyone in my family. Between my expenses, helping my mom, my sisters, my dad and my son, having the government give my old man a cheapy minutes phone helps!
    • Here is a novel idea. How about you help your own family with your own money, rather than vote for someone who will steal money from OTHER people, to give to causes you support – or in this case, your family? That is something that Romeny has done. Has given millions to charity, while Obama and Biden give next to nothing. And Obama has a brother living on less than a few bucks a month – and he doesn’t help him one bit! http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/08/16/how-became-george-obama-brother/
    I had to go with Barrack Obama. I pray to God that I did the right thing.
    • You really pray to a god? Does this god support homosexual marriage? Does this god support partial birth abortion, where at full term a baby is born feet first, and the doctor hold the baby’s head in the mother, cuts a hole in the baby’s skull, and sucks it’s brains out? (WARNING: Graphic Demo of Partial Birth Abortion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g46hlT_2804 ) Does this god support denying medical care to babies that survive abortions? http://bluecollarphilosophy.com/2012/09/when-obam-lied-about-tolerating-infanticide-in-2008-campaign-video/

    Final note: Obama has no problem borrowing money, printing money, and increasing our debt by $6 Trillion for all kinds of Federal Programs that the Feds have no business in (should be left to the States in most cases, see 10th Amendment). But he does want to cut the U.S. Military spending, which will prevent us from being able to fight on 2 fronts.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2158129/Cuts-mean-fight-fronts-says-ex-Army-chief-2-600-roles-axed.html http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/04/panetta-ending-two-war-strategy/

    “To be prepared for War is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” ~~ George Washington

    I’m sure you already know who I voted for, but just in case you don’t know I’ll give you a BIG hint…
    I voted for the guy that the military supported overwhelmingly.
    Military Times Poll: Romney bests Obama, 2-1
    http://militarytimes.com/news/2012/10/military-times-poll-romney-bests-obama-2-1-100712/

    Be sure you tell Anthony at GFH who you voted for any why, and let me know what he says to you.

    • Chris, you make great points, and to be honest I’m simply too tired to check into all those links. I’ll say this, I just followed my gut man. Something just didn’t feel right with Romney, and though I wanted to believe he could do great things for the country, my gut said otherwise. I could have easily gone either way, but the far right would have had too much influence on him, (opinion) and they scare me. As does the far left. Again, I just went with my gut. Bottom line, I could have voted for Romney 1000 times over in this state and it wouldn’t have made a single shred of a difference. I just went through the motions because I feel it’s a right I have no fully exercised.

      By the way, I’m looking for a small town where I can run for city council. Make sure you vote for me!

  • Very well written feature Angel. One of your best. I felt you were heartfelt, and I applaud you for getting out there to vote. I strongly agree with what you are saying. The Romney’s of the world just are not part of the true populace of this country. I am sure is a fine family man and loves his wife & kids but his stance/platform on women’s rights, gay marriage, and healthcare just rubbed too many the wrong way. I hope we can all move forward now and make this country come together and grow strong. It won’t be easy though with a divided Congress.

  • Angel,

    You want me to vote for a you…a guy who fell for lies we got from Obama and the media – and doesn’t want to look at the FACTS that I posted above that FACTCHECKED your FALSE reasons why you voted for Obama?

    Fat chance my friend.

  • As you know, you emailed me saying:

    “you were gone during a critical time due to the Hurricane, so I reverted to my roots. Lol. I am still pro-gun though!”

    Way to go there Angel….

    Hours After Obama Win, U.S. Backs New U.N. Arms Treaty That Could Trample Second Amendment Rights
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/us-arms-treaty-un-idUSBRE8A627J20121107

  • Pingback: Why I don't believe Obama should be "Times Person of the year". - NYC Talking()

More in Rants

Follow Us

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusrssyoutubetumblrinstagramFacebooktwittergoogle_plusrssyoutubetumblrinstagram

Listen On iTunes

Podcast via Email

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor

Zumba Licensed Instructor

Trending

To Top