I've shied away from posting anything political on this blog because I haven't been able to write anything even-handed. I've got many half-written rants in my "Drafts" but really, what's the point? If anyone reading agrees with me, I'm not saying anything new. If they don't, well, I'm unlikely to change their minds.
When B finally got the vague sense of what were doing, that there were two men running for president and we picked one, he predictably asked "why?". I gave him a quick age-appropriate answer, but realized I've never actually articulated the reasons behind my vote.
So here are a few reasons, briefly stated (and heavily edited to remove most rage and rantiness).
- that the measure of a society is how it treats its weakest citizens...not its strongest.
- in equal rights for all, straight or gay, rich or poor, male or female...
- that basic healthcare is a right for all humans, including reproductive healthcare for women.
- in science. and the teaching of it to our children, and the use of it to improve our health.
- and finally, that the most critical aspect of our leaders is character and integrity. Yes, policies about specific issues are important, but life is full of the unexpected. We may know how a candidate will deal with A and B, but what about the X, Y, Z we never anticipated? I want someone honest, compassionate, and fair in charge.