The upcoming election is the most important in the recent past and near future. The issues at hand are many and ideologically challenging. It is important for every voter to understand what is at stake on Nov. 6.
The most obvious, and arguably most important to college students and future workers, is the state of the economy. Twenty-seven months of consecutive private sector job growth and continuously promising future are what the current administration has done over the past two years.
In a report issued last week by the Department of Labor, there are actually more Americans working now than before the Great Recession. Yes we are still in an uncertain global climate, but the global climate is not what matters, the fact that the unemployment rate is below eight percent and that more people are working is a testament to the leadership and hard work of President Barack Obama and his staff.
Second to the economy in this election is the ideological war that is raging. Across the country, conservatives, who tout as the main component of their platform fewer regulations and smaller government, are trying to regulate and expand the government to affect more than half of Americans.
Women’s issues. Those two words should resound in everyone’s minds, because despite what the phrase implies, they are important for men too. If you have a mother, a sister or plan on having children this issue should take precedence for you.
Put frankly, the Republican Party is making it harder for women to get the health care they need and they are doing it not in the name of science or medicine, but rather because they are “morally bound” to. It is not alright for the government to regulate what goes on in the bedroom or what happens after.
Why is it then that the “Grand Old Party,” which is not acting grand so much as is it old, is trying so hard to deny the women of this country the right to regulate their own health?
In the 1960s the fight for equality was the frontrunner in American politics. Southern hardliners wanted to deny the God given rights of African Americans to vote, be paid the same and to not live in fear of being lynched for speaking out. Our party, the Progressive Party, passed the most historic piece of non-constitutional legislation ever devised, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For our generation, discrimination does not occur because of skin color or gender, but rather on the basis of sexual orientation. The Democratic Party is the party of progress and has fought tirelessly to return the rights to those citizens affected by backwards thinking and ideology.
Bluntly, the issue of inalienable rights is what the Democratic Party fights for; equality, for all people, is the goal of our party.
Essentially, you should vote for the Democratic Party and your president because you believe in equality, justice, fairness and the right of all people to inhabit this country, work here, raise a family here and die in peace here after living the best life they could. America is about these things. We are the most advanced society the world has ever seen and the Democratic Party intends for America to retain that title for centuries to come. God bless you, the voter, and God bless the United States of America.