Move forward

Sheila Raghavendran | Staff Writer

The inspiring slogans of “Change we can believe in” and “Yes we can” motivated Democrats in 2008. In this election, President Obama hopes to secure votes through his vision of “Forward.”

From what I’ve heard in this white-Republican-suburbia community of Mason, Ohio is that our President is not moving forward, but has in fact stopped America dead in its tracks. He hasn’t fixed our huge economy problem; we’re still unemployed; our kids are turning away colleges because we can’t afford them.

So sure, we’re not moving forward.

But actually, we are.

Let’s see here. Fact: In 2008 the economy took a turn for the worst, and there wasn’t much that Obama could do to flip that around. He tried, though. For example, when Republicans criticize the President for raising taxes, they seem to be forgetting that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan reduced taxes for everyone earning less than $250,000. That’s 98% of us. President Obama’s plan benefits almost our entire population. Since most Americans are paying fewer taxes, the president looks quite likable.

Abortion is not to like, you say. Unemployment and gay rights!

Mr. President is a firm believer in giving women the choice to have an abortion. I support this idea, because I feel that all people have the right to make decisions for themselves, women included. I guess the Statue of Liberty serves as a type of societal figure by being a woman. It’s kind of ironic that she is built into the ground and physically has no freedom.

But let’s get back to the problem: denying abortions to women is unfair.

Women incapable of caring for children and not permitted abortions would be left stranded. This brings up the question: isn’t it unfair to give birth to a child who is doomed to have a terrible life because of its mother’s financial, medical, economical, occupational (etc.) situations?

There are about 132 million orphans in the world — adding to this number is about as beneficial as raising the unemployment rate.

Speaking of that.

When President Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009, 7.8% of America was unemployed. Yes, this number has fluctuated since — even reaching 10% — but in September of this year the rate was back to what it was on the President’s first day in office. And since March of 2010, 5.2 million jobs have been created.

When distinguishing how many zeroes come after one million, I know I’m not alone when I say I’ve had to do a double-take once or twice to make sure it was really six. Or is it nine? Anyway, I think it’s fair to say that 5.2 million new jobs is a significant step up.

Moving forward? That he is.

During the second presidential debate, President Obama talked about the strong consistency of his views throughout his career. Four years ago, our country faced two candidates who both opposed same-sex marriage. Apparently, President Obama was a closeted gay rights supporter because in May of 2012, he jumped sides and is now the first president to be pro-gay during his term. Mitt Romney, being flamboyantly anti-gay, offers opposition to the topic of gay rights.

But no matter what the candidates say from now to November 6 – no matter how obviously they point out each other’s flaws — the people’s votes are what matters in the end. It’s up to you to decide who is better-fit to run this country for the next four years.

Who’s it going to be? There’s the “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” guy — who maybe doesn’t realize that Obama’s vision is just as clear; his heart is just as full; and he wants to win just as much.

Then there’s President Obama, who actually has a plan for our country and is making a legitimate stride onward.

Look to the future. Move forward.

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