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Election 2016: I’m with . . .

My opinion doesn’t matter. You’ve already dug in your heels, put up your blinders, and decided that, no matter what, you will not be swayed –  not by facts, not by conjecture, not by emotion. So my opinion doesn’t matter. But my vote does.

My vote matters, and almost more importantly, I’m not voting against someone. I’m not between a rock and a hard place. I’m proudly and firmly voting for a candidate.

While it’s unlikely I’ll have children, I have plenty of bountifully fertile friends. I have a nephew on the way. And I want to be able to look at those children – those perfect little humans, untainted by the prejudices, fears, and judgments of adulthood – and tell them that I voted with my heart, for them.

By the time they’re old enough, I hope they’ll be voting in a third- or fourth-party system, with a Congress that acts to benefit society because each senator and representative, finally subject to term limits, craves a better world to which they’ll return once their service is complete.

But more than that, I want them to be in a world where there is objective accountability for our police force, where all lives finally do matter and those important distinctions no longer need to be made. Where people can be intimate and share their lives with whomever they please without judgment and belittlement. Where religion isn’t used to divide, but to bring together.

This new world is going to have a scary transition period. There are so many white men who are terrified of losing their place of power and privilege and will do literally anything they can to keep a fingerhold on the edge of superiority. But eventually, one by one, they’ll fall, and an era of gender and racial equality will arrive.  The rest of us will know that there was never anything to be scared of at all.

Your children deserve a world where each person is valued the same. Notice I didn’t say a country. A world. We’re humans. Citizens of Earth. Homo Sapiens. We live in a global society, and we should embrace the move to globalization as a species. The only downside will be those who cling to nationalism in lieu of depth, or a personality, and in the long run, they’ll be just fine.

In this world that I can almost see, squinting my eyes against the dark, terrible sides and focusing on the bright, beautiful potential, we won’t assign more rights to a piece of barely viable tissue than a black adult man or someone from a religion different than yours. We’ll use the scientific tools and massive advancements at our disposal to better our society as a whole, not profit off of the weak and needy, building a home for all of us, where science, discovery, exploration, and expanding knowledge trumps superstition, fear, and ignorance.

As your children grow older, they’ll strive for greatness, getting the quality education they deserve without the yoke of student loans beating them into an early grave. And when they get sick, your children and their children can see a doctor without having to prioritize their health over groceries.

This future will still have the right to bear arms, but with some long overdue reasonability and understanding. Just like our First Amendment right to free speech, limited by being in a private home or workplace, by being obscene, by yelling fire in a crowded theater, by creating a clear and present danger, the Second Amendment needs some perspective. Bear your arms, but with limits, if only to prevent the deaths of children at the expense of those who misguidedly grasp at liberty.

Your children will be in a world where those who make the most money and who have benefited the most from the benefits and strengths of capitalization also contribute the most in taxes and support for others. Where nobody is afraid to report a sexual assault, where punishment is representative of the crime, and where we’ve decriminalized the drugs that do less harm than the pharmaceutical industry. Where our veterans get the medical treatment they deserve, educators get paid as they should, and the people have the power, not the corporations and sinking captains of industry.

I will be able to look your children in the eyes and say that I voted with my conscience and my heart for the betterment of humanity, not with my wallet. Not with the shadow of fear and hatred that can be dispersed with knowledge and research. I voted with an eye to the future, not a desperate need to return to the rose-tinted memory of an awful past. I voted for equality, acceptance, love, and generations to come, not for posturing and fearmongering, pride in belittling others, and a lack of accountability.

I have already cast my vote, and I sleep soundly at night with the confidence that when my candidate wins, our era of progress and achievement will continue, not have its flow staunched by ignorance and unintelligence.

I’m with her. I hope you will be too.

Not for yourself. For your children. For everyone.

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I’m aware this may end up getting some controversial responses, but keep it civil. Any hateful speech will result in deletion and/or blocking, at my own discretion. Be the reasonable adult I know you can be.

 

 

Why I’m Voting For Barack Obama In The 2012 Presidential Election

I try to avoid political discussions. Religions and politics tend to be topics where the arguments are filled with passion and blind faith backed by little factual evidence, and convincing the other party to change his or her mind has an almost infinitesimal chance of success. Typically, when the conversation turns to politics, I turn away.

So why write about my choice for President of the United States of America and start this conversation? It’s not for the undecided voters – if you still haven’t made up your mind about where your vote is going, you’re an idiot. It’s not for the decided voters – as I said above, I’m not going to change your mind if you disagree. It’s for me.

This post is the beginning, the end, and the extent of my political conversation. I’m going to vote, I know who is getting my vote, and here’s why. I’m not going to argue about it, and I’m not going to engage you in any other way beyond this post and its comments.  Read my words and react how you will – agree, disagree, be indifferent, get enraged, whatever. I’m making my opinion clear and I’m leaving it at that.

At first glance, I would seem to be the perfect Republican. I am a highly educated single white heterosexual male who owns a small business and earns an upper middle class income. I come from a traditional family with a mother and father who are still happily married after thirty-seven years. I want to get remarried someday and have children of my own, and I want them to grow up in a world of security and prosperity.

However, I place more importance on my children growing up in a world of tolerance and unconditional love where we respect the differences of others, not fear and hate them. Where someone’s race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation doesn’t make them an object of ridicule or prejudice. Where the Bible isn’t used inappropriately and inaccurately as a weapon of hate. A world that prides itself on being a global community of human beings, not a jingoistic xenophobe’s paradise comprised of us versus them.

I want a government that is there to support me, not tell me what I can or cannot do in my own home and bedroom. I want to know that if I were to become destitute, I could count on my government to make sure I stayed healthy, nourished, and motivated to change my situation. And I want a government that actually works together to improve our way of life instead of engaging in ideological saber rattling that hurts us all.

Over the past four years, I have seen President Obama try to compromise and work with Congress to help this country, and I have seen his opponents act ignorantly and prevent him from accomplishing as much as he could, just because they are from a different political party. Who are these people that are so arrogant that they put their own ideology ahead of the desperate needs of the American people? When did the welfare of our own country become second to the aspirations of those in Washington?

I remain impressed that, despite the blatant bigotry, machinations and illogical actions of an opposing party that has gone off the rails, President Obama managed to stop our economy in mid-freefall and reverse its direction. He has demonstrated a foresight and wisdom that saved both the automotive and banking industries even while fighting an uphill battle against members of both parties who were focused purely on re-election. But that’s not why I’m voting for Barack Obama in November.

I am voting to re-elect President Obama because of the future. Years from now, I want to be able to tell my child that yes, there was a time when some Americans were treated like second-class citizens and provided fewer rights just because they happened to be homosexual. And yes, all Muslims used to be called terrorists even though the religion of Islam is a peaceful one. And yes, as strange as it may seem, in the past, you could actually go bankrupt and die from a perfectly treatable illness because not every American had comprehensive medical coverage. I want my child to be able to look in my eyes and see that during that time of ignorance, intolerance, and blind hatred, I voted with my heart and my conscience, not, as some will this November, with irrational fear and misplaced indignation.

Our world will never be a perfect one. It can, however, be a tolerant and loving one, and in my opinion, that’s the only type of world to vote for.

I am voting for Barack Obama for President in 2012

I need your votes!

I need ten seconds of your time.

The “Outrageous Interactions” Video Contest is a contest designed to “acknowledge the sometimes uncommon nature of customer interactions in the call center, and encourages anyone with a customer service experience to create and submit short videos of an unusual customer interaction, real or imagined, based on a phone call, voice mail, email, letter, or web chat.”

My friend Casey and I entered said contest, wherein we ended up a finalist, with a grand prize of $5,000. Here is how I would like you to allot the ten seconds:

Seconds 1-2: Click here and vote for “Chicken Sandwich”.

Seconds 3-4: Ask anyone in your general vicinity to use their computer and vote.

Seconds 5-8: Tweet and post this on Facebook and ask your followers and friends to vote for us.

Seconds 9-10: Relax and pat yourself on the back for being awesome.

See? 10 measly seconds.


In other Avita-news, today is the birthday of the beautiful, funny Miss! She and I have enjoyed each other’s blogs for awhile, and I was disappointed that I didn’t get to say more than two words to her at BlogHer last year. However, in December, I took a trip out to Vegas for a Blogger Birthday Bash, and got to hang out with her (along with three other bloggers, not to mention Ren and Whall) for most of the weekend. She has managed to find love through the power of Twitter, which is pretty awesome! Miss has become a good friend over the last few months and even forgave me for using her camera and taking a photo of my nuts when I was a wee bit drunk. Happy birthday Miss!

A very crunk Avitable and Miss
A very crunk Avitable and Miss