First off, I would just like to express how proud I am that Ice Auditorium was packed for the Presidential Debate viewing on Oct. 3.
To me, it shows that my generation cares. I saw passion and interest in my peers, and that really meant a lot.
At this point, it seems to me like Governor Romney is leading the way. Many agreed that if the debate last week were a high school debate tournament, Romney would have been the winner.
He was passionate, well-spoken, composed and persuasive. He rebutted statements made against him that weren’t true and made many great points concerning our economy.
But for me, it’s not the economy I’m worried about. Sure, the economy is an important issue to be thinking about and trying to fix. It’s something that my generation will be directly faced with in a few years.
It’s something we’ll have to live with.
In my opinion, no matter who we choose for president, they’re going to do somewhat of the same things regarding economic policies, social security, taxes, etc. And there will always be people who blame the economic downfall solely on whoever is the president.
What matters to me are the things that shouldn’t even be in question in our country right now.
What matters to me are people and our basic human rights. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights and women’s rights aren’t even addressed on Romney’s website. They’re not on his platform or agenda. He has no visible plan for either of these issues. And it’s no secret that he isn’t a fan of these things.
Additionally, he opposes giving opportunities to illegal immigrants that could help them become legal, namely the DREAM Act. Plus, he only wants “highly skilled” immigrants to come to our country.
What about artists and writers, dancers and athletes?
Those aren’t the skills that qualify a person to be in Romney’s country. This stifles diversity and ethnic richness.
He wants a uniform country of assimilated Americans who speak English and contribute to the “American dream” and workforce.
And I can’t stress the importance of gay rights and women’s rights enough.
Women are half of this country, and the population of lesbian and gay people is a lot larger than I think he realizes or wants to admit.
I can’t help but feel a little helpless, like the outcome of this election is out of my control. I feel overwhelmed with Romney love on Facebook and everywhere else I look.
This is fine. Maybe he’ll be what our economy needs.
But I stand strongly behind who I’m voting for. I stand strongly for what I believe in. And no matter who wins, I will fiercely advocate for women’s rights and gay rights.
I pledge to work for the obvious rights of humans that some of us do not have, and will not have, with Romney as president.
Kelsey Sutton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.