Don’t Let Your Vote Hinge On One Issue

Posted By Debbie on October 24, 2012

I’ve noticed something very strange during this Presidential campaign season. There seem to be many people who have chosen Romney because of his (latest) stance on one issue. Romney has flip flopped, but it sounds like in general, he’s against abortion. He might even want to outlaw it. My anti-abortion friends love this, and are happy to vote for him.

Well, what do you think about him on foreign policy? What do you think about Romney on other women’s issues like fair pay? Funding for PBS? Access to contraceptives (many of my anti-abortion friends seem to be OK with contraceptives being available to people)? Views on the military? How do you feel about Romney’s specific plans to fix the economy? How do you feel about Romney’s approach to health care? How do you feel about how many US companies he’s hurt while sending jobs overseas?

And given some of the wiggly stances and “Romnesia,” do you really know what you’re getting? In 2002, he was going to “protect” a woman’s right to choose. In 2005, he said he was Pro-Life. In 2007, he wanted Roe v. Wade overturned. In March 2012, he was ready to shut down Planned Parenthood and overturn Roe v. Wade. In early October 2012, he was claiming that he didn’t know of any agenda in his binder 🙂 that would push to limit abortion. He said he wants to make sure federal funds aren’t used for abortions. Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/mitt-romneys-abortion-evolution/story?id=17443452#.UIa2bcUopp4

So you may not even be getting the gallon of milk you think you’re buying, abortion haters. Are you sure your vote to end abortion is going to the guy who will really end abortion? Because I’m listening to him, and I’m not so sure he’ll do that.

Which means that the best way to go is to look at ALL of the policies. Look at everything the person has said and plans to do. Make sure that you are voting for the policies you want in place. Romney is about SO much more than his flip-flopping on abortion. Make sure you like what he stands for because you don’t get to pick or choose. You get the whole package deal when you vote for it.

For a full disclaimer, I’m a more liberal person. I believe that people need choices. I believe that not everything has to go a certain way because it’s the way I believe. There are plenty of things I want or feel are morally right, but I do not want to see anybody’s choices legislated based on what I would prefer. I can imagine being you and wanting what you want, so I want you to have access to those things even if I’d never choose that.

That means I tend to be against candidates or the style of thinking that says, “We don’t like this that way. Therefore, let’s make it illegal or make people unable to get it that way.” I’m not going to marry someone of my gender and I’m not going to have an abortion (I’m also happily not going to ever have children). But I can imagine being someone who wants an abortion. I can imagine being a gay person wanting to be married. And I want those people to safely have those choices available to them, even if they’re things I wouldn’t choose for myself.

I’m Debbie Levitt, and I approve this message. Please don’t let your vote hinge on one issue. Please look at everything any candidate is saying he or she will fight for or against. Make sure that is the world you want to live in.