Mitt Romney is not like you or me. Neither is Newt with his million dollar credit account at Tiffany's. , Mr. Santorum has a heart-warming story, but elections shouldn't be about stories of one family, their life and struggles. It's about so much more. It's about each and every one of us. Every one making up the 99% has a story. We are what this election is about - individually, and together. Unlike the 1%, we can't foot the bills for an advertising blitz to get the word out, but we can talk to our neighbors. One to one.
There are still blocks of passionate voters who zealously cheer any self-appointed savior of America who claims to be God-annointed and pro-life. Sarah Palin is their queen. She is the female embodiment of the Tea Party movement and far right wing so-called Christian Conservative block. (BTW, Sarah is probably delighted that Michelle Bachmann fell by the wayside. Our society typically only allows one women at a time to be in the spotlight. Sarah, the beauty pageant contestant, understands that. Now the Ms. Bachmann has been cast aside, watch for Ms. Palin to come up with some plan to make news. It will happen.) She hasn’t lost her voice, she’s buying some time while other voices dominate the microphone, but have you noticed how many news broadcasts have included her comments about Newt? That camel has her nose in the GOP tent again.
When I encounter someone who embraced Sarah for her courageous "choice" and seeks out only candidates that are "pro-life," I challenge them to think of choice and life in the broadest sense. I'm confused by those who are staunchly pro-life and also vehemently opposed to providing healthcare to the poor. If life is the pivotal issue to them, then wouldn't they support the candidate who shows concern for life from birth until the grave? Sometimes, my pro-life friends will change the subject to "the Constitution." Fine. Support the candidate that shows concern for the things affecting the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. I will ask - are you pro-life enough to put your money where your mouth is? Or does your support of life expire when the first breath is taken? When it comes down to voting yes to help save lives through medical assistance, food, and housing, what is the real pro-life vote on these issues? If children, once they pass through the birth canal and take their first breath, are born into poverty, or develop an illness, or have neighborhood schools ill equipped to meet their needs, are those things not our Constitutional concern? How about our moral concern?
If future generations of your family face health, financial, and educational challenges, how will they make it through? If your grandchildren are sick, will they have healthcare? What quality of education do you wish for them to receive? Do you care about future generations of your own family? It's up to the voters of 2012 to wrestle with these problems. There isn’t anyone else. We must press on.