Opinion: The Case for Four More Years
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Though the upcoming Presidential election this November pits two starkly different candidates against each other, it is easy to tell that President Barack Obama is the far superior choice. His record as commander-in-chief speaks for itself; he helped save the Detroit auto industry from near bankruptcy, fought for homosexual civil rights, and was crucial in the killing of Osama bin Laden. The list could go on and on.
One of the most notable achievements of the Obama’s tenure has been his signature legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Among its many provisions, this law will no longer allow insurance companies to deny coverage due to a preexisting condition and will allow children to remain on their parents’ health plan until the age of 26. While the Republicans have vilified this act, it will bring coverage to millions of previously uninsured Americans.
On social issues, President Obama again proves himself to be far superior to his opponent. He has been adamant in his crusade for women’s reproductive rights, from providing affordable contraceptives to protecting a woman’s right to choose abortion. For many years now, Republicans have been waging a war on women with attempts to restrict access to affordable contraceptives and reduce abortion rights, yet President Obama has stood strong against these attacks on women’s health.
Obama has proven himself to be an adamant crusader for gay rights as well. He was instrumental in ending the military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, which forced homosexual soldiers out of the military if they were found out. He has also become the first president in history to state his support for same sex marriage, a historic position for a president to take. President Obama’s social policies continually illustrate his desire to protect and increase the civil rights of certain groups in this nation.
Perhaps Obama’s most effective weapon in winning this election is his opponent, Mitt Romney. To put it bluntly, Romney is a horrible candidate. He is so far out of touch with the American people that the thought of him being president is actually quite scary. On practically no policy is his position clearly known, due to his notorious nature of flip-flopping on everything. It seems interesting that during the 2008 election, the right was hammering what they considered Obama’s lack of political experience, and yet nothing has been mentioned about Romney’s lack of experience as a politician. He was a one-term governor of Massachusetts, and has done nothing else in politics. Why this is not being addressed is baffling. Those who laud his experience of buying out companies and firing their employees with Bain Capital need to understand that a country is not a business and cannot be run as such. Romney is a weak candidate, and can be a very effective tool in helping Obama win this election.
This November a pivotal choice will be made. The United States’ voters will have the choice between a candidate who has brought affordable healthcare to millions of citizens, and one who will supposedly repeal this law on day one. A choice between a candidate who stands firm in his opposition to the Republican war on women, and one who will restrict abortion rights and access to affordable contraceptives. A choice between a strong and dynamic leader, Barack Obama, and a weak and out of touch man, Mitt Romney. Choose wisely, America.