I met Adrienne during my college years atÂ American University and soon after graduating, I lost all contact with her.Â Facebook reconnected us many years later.
Adrienne is still the beautiful, smart woman I knew back then and her liberal views have changed little. Not surprising considering that during our college years, she considered herself a woman first; the personality and the looks package that came with her only accentuated her womanhood and served her will. I admired Adrienne back then and I am still one of her admirers today.
Like many American women ready to vote this November, Adrienne is an avid supporter ofÂ ObamaÂ because ofÂ Obama‘s liberal views and because of the position of theÂ Democratic PartyÂ on women’s issues that mirror her own. Within the context of her priorities, Adrienne has chosen the incumbent candidate. The fact thatÂ ObamaÂ is an African-American and has a foreign background that many Americans identify with, given we live in a country of immigrants, have added value to many voters because when people are about to experience history, they tend to write it too if given the chance.
To millions of Americans, this November vote is like any other. It”™s a choice between liberalism or conservatism, between young or old, between a certain set of priorities as compared to another set of priorities.
But is it really?
We have watched Obama presiding over our country for almost four years and so we have some idea who he is. When we consider whether to vote him back or out of office, we have a record to consider on many domestic and foreign policy issues. Yet, there is a malaise hanging over Americans today that no one can really explain. If we are convinced he is the man for the job, why are we experiencing thisÂ phenomena?
Could the malaise be the result of certain bizarre actions that remain inexplicable to many Americans? What does it mean to return the bust of Winston Churchill back to the British? What does it mean to empower the Islamists and the enemies of America in the Middle East? Why did Obama help the Libyans achieve freedom but not the Syrians or the Iranians? What does it mean to dismantle the Missile Defense Shield in Poland without any negotiations with the Russians? What does it mean when he tells Medvedev, over a private conversation, “I will have more flexibility in the second term”? More flexibility with what exactly? The American public has the right to know what is Obama up to if he is elected again. With the power of the Executive Office and no more accountability, don”™t you think this is of utmost importance? We want to know the truth, not just watch the magic act of a persuasive speaker.
Why does Obama keep spending more money than America can afford? He is wrapping wars, not starting new ones. He is shrinking from foreign interventions, not initiating new ones. Obama has added $5.4 Trillion to our debt. No other President has ever achieved this ignominy before him. What will happen if we elect him and he is unable to control his appetite to overspend and he adds another $5 or $10 Trillion to our debt? Are we willing to take that risk? He has a record now, so let’s base our questions on his record.
This is not about being a conservative or a liberal. This is about asking who our leaders are when we have to vote and what are they up to if their history shows someÂ anomalousÂ behavior. This is about the well-being of our country, our economy, and our future. The same tough questions must also be asked of Romney.Â It”™s above and beyond partisanship or politics or platforms or agendas or priorities.Â No one should be excluded from this vetting and questioning.
If American liberal women feel that their rights may be usurped under Romney, the good news is that these liberal women have survived a Reagan and two Bush presidencies. My question to them (And Adrienne) is: Are liberal women voting for Obama because they want a free contraceptive or a free abortion just in case they will have no jobs? If Fluke is voting for Obama because she wants her $9 a month contraceptives for free but is willing to risk her job, that’s her choice. Come to think of it, it’s really about choices.
For any American voting during this election, the really tough questions to ask are: What if Obama cannot deliver in 2016? What if we give him a chance but he fails us? Are we willing to take that risk? Are we willing to risk it all to feel good for him?
It”™s about our lives, not his skin or the magic of his oratory skills. Don’t let this magician blindfold the crowd in the theater.