Why this election makes me proud

by singlemomseeking on August 29, 2008

I’ve never gotten very political on this blog — except when it comes to issues of single parenting — but it’s time for me to speak up. If you read this blog regularly, you know that I’m not the pushy type. But if you’re on the fence this election, I do hope you’ll read this.

I just got an email from MoveOn, please read on if you’re not sure who you’re voting for this election:

Yesterday was John McCain’s 72nd birthday. If elected, he’d be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for ‘inexperience,’ here’s who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people.”

“Who is Sarah Palin? Here’s some basic background:

She was elected Alaska’s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.

Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.

Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.

She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.

She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.

How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.

In 1993, our former vice president Dan Quayle attacked Murphy Brown, the sitcom, for featuring a lead character who decides to become a single mom.

I was 21. I wasn’t a single mom (yet). Still, I couldn’t understand Quayle’s distress. Why was he scapegoating this mom for raising her child with an absent father? What was his problem?

Unfortunately, when I became a single mom in 2000, the stigma against us — single moms — was still strong. That’s why this current presidential race is so exciting. Are you with me?

In his acceptance speech last night, Barack Obama said:

“We measure the strength of our economy not by the number of billionaires we have or the profits of the Fortune 500, but by whether someone with a good idea can take a risk and start a new business, or whether the waitress who lives on tips can take a day off and look after a sick kid without losing her job, an economy that honors the dignity of work.”

“…In the face of that young student, who sleeps just three hours before working the night shift, I think about my mom, who raised my sister and me on her own while she worked and earned her degree, who once turned to food stamps, but was still able to send us to the best schools in the country with the help of student loans and scholarships.

Sure, Obama is using his experiences in a single parent home as a way to relate to voters. But why shouldn’t he? Clearly, his mama did something right when she raised him on her own.

For the first time ever, the candidates are talking about single moms positively. Instead of blaming us, as politicians have been known to do in the past — by showing that kids of single parents do poorly in school, use drugs, you name it (without any acknowledgment of how economics and wealth affects families) — this campaign has put us in a positive light.

It’s about time. Don’t you think?

Thanks to my single mom friend Deesha Philyaw and her sweet boyfriend for letting me borrow this cool Obama logo!

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laurakim123 August 29, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Obama has made politics interesting again!

I can only hope we have such a dynamic hopefully here!


liz August 29, 2008 at 11:46 am

I am thrilled with the Obama/Biden ticket!

(McCain’s pathetic effort by picking a woman VP candidate makes me just shake my head…)

I love that Obama was raised by a single mom. I love that Biden was a single dad.

I was moved to tears more than once during the convention. This is historic and it’s amazing.


Kat August 29, 2008 at 11:01 am

I totally agree. It was a great speech, he showed that the strength and hard work of single moms works, that the kids can grow up to be greatness.

How awesome and historic is this election?!
In January, we will either have our 1st black president, or our 1st female vice president.
But I know where I’m putting my vote, and it certainly won’t be on the team that is anti-gay, anti-choice, even if 1 of the 2 teem mates is a woman. 😉


Phil August 29, 2008 at 10:26 am

Right on! Great speech last night!


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