Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I am WOMAN, and I vote

Tonight I saw a bumper sticker, I am WOMAN, and I VOTE.

Congratulations, woman. I am woman, too, and I vote. In every election - local or national. And I'm assuming by the candidate your other bumper sticker was endorsing that my vote cancels out your vote.

Are you implying that if I don't vote for your party or their ideals that I am less than a woman?  That seems like name-calling, attacking another woman. That  doesn't seem like a very liberated thing to do.  For someone who claims to be pro-choice, you don't seem to like my choices of protecting life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

See I'm a miscarriage survivor.  I have known no other heartache like that loss, and honey, I've had some pretty big heartache in my life.  I know that baby, even at just nine weeks gestation, had a life and a soul. And no man or woman can convince me otherwise.

You know what else?  My firstborn was born 10 1/2 weeks early.  Under the people you vote for, I could have killed him if he hadn't decided to arrive ahead of schedule.  He was just over three pounds and was 16 1/2 inches long.  He was skin and bones - looked like an alien-ish old man.  He is three years old now, and he is a funny, smart, beautiful little boy. And you want me to believe that he wasn't a human with some rights at that point had he stayed in my uterus just a little longer?


But here's the thing, woman.

My hoo-ha doesn't determine how I vote or who I vote for. My brain and my conscience do.

I vote for more than just free birth control pills, and I even vote for "more" than just the life/reproductive issues stuff.

I vote for religious freedom for all, not just select groups.

I vote for the government to get out of the way as much as possible so that small businesses and big businesses can create jobs for people.

I vote for things that will allow private organizations and charities to do the work they were intended to do, rather than burdening the tax payer with it all.

I vote for parent accountability just as much as teacher accountability - and believe me I know both need it.

Believe it or not, I vote for things that will allow people to do pretty much what they want to do as long as they aren't hurting others (that's my libertarian side).

I vote for government accountability and term limits and balanced budgets and stopping spending because I want a great country for my boys to inherit.

I vote for people who want to keep me safe rather than play the popularity game on late night tv.

You see, fellow female, I am WOMAN, and I VOTE, TOO!

6 comments:

  1. Yes, you are a strong woman. Hear your roar! Way to write. Expressive thoughts linked together in a blog. So, how do you accomplish that with two little ones? I am in awe that you find time to write and share. Fabaluss.
    --joanie b

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Joanie. This one just poured out of me after seeing it tonight on the road.
      I write (usually) when the kids are sleeping and Mike is working or studying. It helps me keep my sanity, and through blog-land I've "met" many inspiring women, even those who I don't always see eye-to-eye with. It's my small way of connecting and conversing with people, strangers even, from my couch.

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  2. Well said, it's like you read my mind! Brandy

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