In 2008, those of us who voted for President Obama (rightly) felt like we were participating in a once-in-a-lifetime event. Four years have passed, and undoubtedly we have all been disappointed by some aspects of his Presidency. Much to our surprise, we found out he is just human after all.
Some people have developed an apathy, or even an antagonism, towards the President they once wept over seeing sworn in. Some people think their vote doesn’t count, or they think Obama has it in the bag anyway, so why should they bother?
Tomorrow, we have too much to lose for anyone not to show up to the polls. We partnered with the inspirational activist Sandra Fluke to publish a pledge to vote for President Obama. Here are a few of the reasons why we all know it is essential to turn up to the polls and support our President.
1. Romney has stated, in no uncertain terms, that he will defund Planned Parenthood. What he hasn’t stated, but what will clearly happen, is that he will reinstate the Global Gag Rule, and assign justices to the Supreme Court who will overturn Roe v. Wade. If you value a woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body, and to seek affordable care to affirm that choice, then you must vote for President Obama.
2. Because the DREAM Act continues to be stalled in a partisan Congress, President Obama’s executive order granting DREAMers temporary status is the only reprieve for young people who were brought here as children. If Romney is elected, this executive order will be overturned, and Romney has promised to veto a comprehensive DREAM Act. If you believe that young people brought here before they were able to make their own choices deserve to live outside the shadows, then you must vote for President Obama.
3. If you believe that love is not defined by gender, that it should be illegal to fire someone for who they love, or how they identify, then you must vote for President Obama.
4. If you believe that everyone deserves protection from domestic violence, not just straight, white US citizen women, then you must vote for President Obama.
5. If you believe that women and men should receive the same pay for the same work, then you must vote for President Obama.
6. If you believe that there is only one definition of rape, and no such qualifiers as “legitimate,” then you must vote for President Obama.
7. If you think that first responders are important in times of a natural disaster like Sandy, then you must vote for President Obama.
8. And especially if you believe that letting the wealthiest people in this country pay less and less taxes while the rest of us struggle is wrong, then you must vote for President Obama.
These are just a few of the things progressives stand to lose if President Obama is not re-elected tomorrow. Get to the polls and support our President. Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are able to get to the polls and show their support as well.
Remember how you felt four years ago, and vote like our movement depends on it.