What This Election Means To Me

For me, this election is personal.

When a candidate and the party that backs him set out to legislate what goes on in the bedroom (telling us who to love and marry) and in the doctor's office (making decisions about my reproductive health and that of my wife) it's an affront to me and every like minded American.

Mitt Romney has vowed to do everything in his power to repeal Roe V. Wade. I do not understand even from a common sense perspective as a reasonable adult how this makes any sense. How will returning to an era where women lived in fear and abortions were grisly deeds performed in back alleys with coat hangers benefit the American people?

I have Catholic acquaintances who speak of advocating for the baby, yet they leave out the bit where all these children are carried to term and brought into a life lived in squalid conditions and being cared for by people who are neither capable nor willing to do so.

Then there is the issue of marriage. I find the mere idea that an aspirant to rule would attempt to dictate the gender of the person I choose to take as my life partner repugnant and offensive to the core.

Some of my best friends in this world are gay. In fact, one of them actually performed the marriage ceremony for my wife and I. Just thinking about the fact that Mr. Romney would try to sever the holy bonds of matrimony that he shares with his husband makes me angry.

In my ideal world, government would not be in the business of marriage at all, but that isn't the world we live in today. I applaud the Obama campaign for having had the courage to stand up and say “This isn't right. Let's fix it.”. The naysayers will be quick to point out that this change in attitude was politically motivated, and maybe it was, but really? Who cares? That makes it no less right.

I have been hearing a lot of unhappy people of late expressing dissatisfaction with president Obama and his administration, particularly around jobs and the economy. To my mind, he inherited some of the worst economic conditions of any incoming president in the history of our nation, and while many would dispute this point I feel very strongly that the president has done and will continue to do a bang up job making the best of this awful mess the last 8 years of Republican rule have left us in.

Economy aside for a moment, I am proud to be doing my part to give the president the time he needs to get the job done. This isn't about politics for me, it's about fighting the good fight because it's the right thing to do.

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3 Responses to What This Election Means To Me

  1. Frank Kim says:

    I think it’s an unfair characterization to say Catholics “leave out the bit where all these children are carried to term and brought into a life lived in squalid conditions.” I think Catholics are one of the most concerned about all life issues. Consider how much they are involved in foster and adoption groups. One could argue no other group is more involved in these areas.

  2. Frank Kim says:

    Also if you believe that an unborn child is a life then your reasoning that the child will be born into squalid conditions is unreasonable. Should we kill all poor people? People suffering? Homeless people?

    And if you don’t think an unborn child is a life then it doesn’t really matter whether the child will be born into squalid conditions. At that point it’s a routine surgery, no different than having a wart removed.

    Btw, I’m not Catholic in case you’re wondering. :-)

  3. Chris Patti says:

    Hi Frank! Thanks for the reply. I welcome any and all opinions to this blog. Sorry for the late response, I’ve been incredibly busy at work lately.

    You’re right, Catholic charities *do* undoubtedly do a lot for children born into awful conditions, and I applaud them for it, but that doesn’t change the fact in my mind that taking away young women’s choice to carry their child to term or have an abortion if, after careful consideration they’re sure that’s the right option for that is a huge mistake.

    People are going to do this whether it’s legal or not. If we’re truly pro life, shouldn’t we be concerned about the life of the mother as well?

    From Wikipedia:

    Unsafe abortion is a major cause of injury and death among women worldwide. Although data are imprecise, it is estimated that approximately 20 million unsafe abortions are performed annually, with 97% taking place in developing countries.[31] Unsafe abortion is believed to result in approximately 69,000 deaths and millions of injuries annually.[31] The legal status of abortion is believed to play a major role in the frequency of unsafe abortion.[32][33] For example, the 1996 legalization of abortion in South Africa had an immediate positive impact on the frequency of abortion-related complications,[34] with abortion-related deaths dropping by more than 90%.[35] Groups such as the World Health Organization have advocated a public-health approach to addressing unsafe abortion, emphasizing the legalization of abortion, the training of medical personnel, and ensuring access to reproductive-health services.[33]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsafe_abortion

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