Nothing has changed my politics as much as having children. After witnessing the arrival of three young souls into this world, it was impossible for me not to take a hard look at the world and how I relate to it. Issues that had been grey to me suddenly became black and white. Here is a glimpse of how this father's politics have change since having kids:
I had always opposed the death penalty, but since having kids I've moved solidly in favor of it, particularly in cases where children are hurt.
I had always opposed higher taxes, but now I'm willing to pay more in order to help children get medical care and a good education.
I had always been pro-choice in abortion matters, but after feeling my children moving in my wife's womb, I have moved to the right of this issue. Although I still respect the right to choose, it should only be a last option. There should be more options for women who are contemplating abortion, a better support structure to help reduce the incidence of abortion.
My interest in a clean environment and renewable fuels also changed after the kids came. More than ever I want our legacy to my kids to be a land with fresh water streams with edible fish, and a country less dependent upon oil. I know we can do this if only the political will to do it existed.
As an undecided voter in a "battle ground" state, I've decided today to lock in my vote.
I will vote for John Kerry.
I'm not voting so much for John Kerry as I am against President Bush. This is hard for me to accept, because I voted for Bush. There is much I admire about Bush and many areas with which I agree with him on. I even agree that Kerry is a "flip flopper." But enough is enough.
I feel that I've been lied to about the urgency to invade Iraq, even as recently as last week Condoleeza Rice was saying that there is a link between Al Qaida and Saddam, even after the 9/11 commission report flatly stated that there was no link. How can they just keep on lying? It boggles my mind. Even if Bush has us headed in the right direction, I want to get there a different way.
Thats my opinion, and I'm sure you have yours. God bless you, and Americans, don't forget to vote Nov. 2.