My husband informed me last night that my post regarding the president wasn't very good.
This caused an emotional kerfuffle, which has now been resolved. However, it made me want to defend myself here. So, I wanted to say first of all that I wasn't trying to be particularly intelligent, or articulate, or pose any sort of argument to sway anyone else's opinion. I was just answering Tonya's question with what came to mind. I rarely have time for long posts at this juncture in my life, so the longish ones come out unedited just as it comes out of my mind.
The reason I brought up the abortion debate was for two reasons. (1) It is an example of a domestic issue that I think is less important than international issues and human rights issues, and (2) It is an issue that those of a more republican frame of mind tend to get wrapped up in. Personally I have no idea what the personal opinion of my country's leader regarding abortion is. I have no idea what any of the contenders' opinions are. I don't much care, unless there is pending legislation regarding abortion. Which there isn't. And if there were, I would expect said leader to make a decision based on Canadian values, rather than his or her own personal ones. Anyways. That was why I brought up that issue, because I tend to think some Americans get tangled up in that one issue and not devote enough energy to other issues.
And my answer to Tonya's question wasn't deep or intelligent. It was simply that I am a global citizen and I care about what happens in the world as a result of the actions of our world leaders.
Thus far, Obama has earned my respect by pledging to unite Americans regardless of party politics and tackle the problems at hand. He has strengthened that respect by starting the process of closing Guatanamo Bay and issuing a ban on torture tactics and a clampdown on CIA tactics. I like that in his inauguration speech he included 'non believers' in his list of diverse American religeons. I love that he is charismatic to the point that I stop remembering that his speeches are written prior to being presented, and I just settle in to listen and engage as if he were speaking off the top of his head about something he is passionate about. And he has a more temperate approach to international relations than his predecessor.
And thank you to those who responded. Very thoughtful! I found it interesting that two American friends responded that they preferred less government involvement in their lives and that Obama represents a MORE involved government paradigm. This is incredibly interesting to me. I am Canadian. Everywhere I turn, the government is involved in something to do with my life. Taxes are high to pay for our many programs. But I never feel constrained by this. I am free to homeschool my children, or send them to private school if I choose. If I choose these methods of education I recieve tax credits to offset those provincial taxes I pay towards public education. I enjoy a mandatory 52 week maternity leave paid for by the same government agency that pays out employment insurance and welfare. So although I pay into it I benefit from it. Not to mention those who are unemployed and/or need financial assistance whose income I don't mind contributing to! Health care is free. Free. To everyone. We all have access to it. No user fees, no deductable, no nothing. Actually, depending on your income you do have to pay a monthly fee for 'health care' but it is a maximum of $54 per month, but if your income is low or you can't pay for some reason you still get access to health care. Maybe I don't understand exactly why government involvement is a bad idea? As long as we continue to have freedom of speech and the freedom to opt out of state education (as long as we replace it with something), isn't government involvement okay?
Help me out here!