posted on Sep, 3 2004 @ 01:50 AM
I, too, am a female (52 years old), a devout Catholic, an Independent politically, and am opposed, personally, to abortion. With that said, I don't
feel I should impose my religious beliefs upon the majority of the American people. The Supreme Court has ruled abortion constitutional and so shall
NO WAY is the abortion issue what drives MY vote and never has. It's a single issue among a myriad of other major issues that also deal with peace,
war, death,and human suffering.
I have never understood how people can be rabidly pro-life, yet uphold the death penalty. I guess my Catholicism does show on that issue.
What ARE the issues that interest me and influence my vote:
1. the economy..not just for my husband and myself but for our children and grandchildren and those down the line.
2. Security. We cannot live in fear forever. Nor, can we be involved in wars for decades. Almost 1000 young men and women have died in Iraq and they
are almost forgotten, in a campaign, that is still debating Viet Nam.
3. This should be tied for # 1. HEALTH CARE!!!!. We are not rich, but we are very, very comfortable. But, because we are self-employed, we spend
thousands a year for purely catostophic health insurance. The costs of my medications are always rising (yes, I've bought my drugs in Canada and
Mexico). We live in fear of what could happen if we were to become sick. We also worry, constantly, about having our insurance not renewed. Because I
had a pre-existing condtion (panic attacks lol...it would be truly hilarious if not so damn serious), I was turned down by 10 companies even though I
am in good health and under treatment for panic disorder. I'm actually penalized, by the insurance companies, for seeking preventive care! That
doesn't make a bit of sense!
4. The cost of fuel, food, etc is skyrocketing. Here, in Phoenix, we are paying 2.00 a gallon for gas. We worry about rising prices, inflation, the
stock market, the bond market, the money market (yeah, I get "great returns" on my money market investments...NOT)
5. Lastly, something subjective..a return to a more optimistic tone in American life. Not to a utopia that never existed, but to a place where fear
doesn't rule our every moment and flight..where we are not pitted against one another by race/religion/lifestyle. There is just so much rancor today.
The Zell Miller speech last night really hit home and showed me how angry some have become and it scares me.
I'm sure I've left out some issues, but those are biggies...and of course the war in Iraq. Enough said.