I’m a conservative.
I am not stupid or ignorant or brainwashed.
I believe in small government & the power of the individual states.
I believe in separation of church & state & that while my faith shapes my character, it should not define our country & those who may not share my faith.
I am not automatically a bigot or a racist or an asshole because my voting card reads Republican. Despite what some in my party believe, I know that we all deserve the same rights, no matter our race, sex, or sexual orientation.
I am a woman & I have a vagina but that is not the only issue I vote on. I vote for social issues for the health & protection of our nation’s economy & people.
I think it’s cool that Obama fist-bumps janitors but it doesn’t bother me if Romney has his shoes professionally shined. (for the record, that’s a security check.) I vote on foreign policy, not if my president seems “down” with or “above” the middle class.
I believe that red lines must be drawn on foreign policy. I believe that war should always be a last resort but sometimes it is necessary. I believe we should have a strong military to protect ourselves & those who cannot afford their own protection.
I have faith in capitalism & free trade.
I hold dear the right to pursue happiness & the American dream, but that our Declaration is not a guarantee of that happiness.
I wish for private social security. I know that the current social security is not what was intended when it was formed, that people are living longer & larger.
I want healthcare reform & believe that portions of Obamacare are good, very good. However, I have seen both personally & professionally what a mess Medicare & Medicaid are & I have little faith in a government-endorsed health care policy.
I am not a conservative because my parents raised me that way or because my church indoctrined the ideals into me, but because I sat the better part of my college career in economic lectures, spent six years working in a senior living community, & now work for a private global company owned by a very rich man.
I believe it’s okay if you don’t agree with me & that’s what makes this democracy work. I don’t have all the answers but I know that one man is not the solution, no matter who is elected today.
I hope that you vote today, friends. Hold the doors open for each other & smile, even if the person behind you is voting for the opposition. Be kind to the poll workers. & if you’re still undecided, pencil in Tuck. Her policies include peeing on anything she can’t eat or hump & she doesn’t care about healthcare reform because her humans pay the vet bills.
For the record, I voted for ninjas.