Sometime during my first semester of college when I was 18, I registered to vote and I registered as a Democrat. Looking back, I don't know why. I was pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and I didn't like Bush. I had heard the "Republicans don't like black people" and "Republicans only want to help the rich" a thousand times, so I guess I had bought into it. A few months later, the first Sunday of April 2006, I went from an atheist to a baby Christian. I spent that summer learning how to pray, study the word, evangelize, and all that fun stuff all the while trying to hang on to my pro-choice and pro-gay marriage views, even though I knew it wasn't quite right. I don't remember what was said or what happened, but sometime during the second semester of my sophomore year, my heart did a one-eighty and I wasn't so liberal anymore.
My conversion to conservatism had more to with Christ than policy, the rest just came with research and common sense. 2008 came around and it was time to make a choice. Like most Evangelical Christians, I was drawn to Huckabee, but that didn't work out. John McCain wasn't my pick and I wasn't enthusiastic about him, but I voted. I didn't vote for Obama because I preferred smaller government and his "spread the wealth around" comment to Joe the Plumber scared me. I didn't like his pitch for universal health care, and, frankly, I wasn't buying a word he said. There was something about the "Hope and Change" rhetoric that wasn't sitting well with me. I didn't like how he supporters viewed him. Kids were singing about him like he was Jesus, someone actually called him "The Black Jesus," and my mom told me his first name was in the Bible...like that meant something. The hero worship made me sick. Not voting for the black man in 2008 was something I had to deal with, but the more Obama talked, the easier it got.
Nevertheless, Obama was elected and I dealt with it. I gave Obama the benefit of a doubt and kept a positive outlook, which was hard. I kept my head up about the stimulus, and was disappointed. I kept my head up about Obamacare, until I started to learn what was in it. I was grateful he gave the order to kill Osama Bin Laden, until he put the lives of those Navy SEALs in danger. I didn't like him inserting himself into the Fast and Furious scandal, nor did I like him going around congress to give illegal aliens amnesty (but it's not amnesty, or whatever). Having had a roommate who was on food stamps, I understand why the work requirement is important, so the waiver pissed me off. Lastly, I was ready to rally around him after what happened in Benghazi, but was pissed when he started blaming the video. Then I was really pissed off when everyone in his administration started lying about it. Let's not forget the $16 trillion debt and high unemployment, and don't tell me it's Bush's fault. Obama didn't inherit a bad situation. He asked for it, campaigned for it, and paid for it. It's his responsibility now and he's been a terrible steward.
So why Romney? Romney was not my pick, not in 2008 and not this time around. I thought he was too moderate, and I still think he is. I wasn't excited about any of them. I wanted to take pieces of Herman Cain, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum and make my own candidate, or force Allen West or Paul Ryan to run. What it came down to was one question: Did I want another four years of Obama? When it came time for North Carolina's primary, I voted for Mitt Romney because I thought he had the best chance of beating him. I wasn't enthused or all that happy about our Republican nominee, but I wanted Obama gone and that was good enough for me. It wasn't until he picked Paul Ryan as his running mate that I started to get excited about the election. Paul Ryan is an open book. There's no trickery or "man behind the curtain" with him. He is who he says he is and I know where he stands. What Romney's decision said to me was that he was serious about the economy and getting it back on track. Standing side by side, they looked like a father and son running a successful company. I was officially sold on Romney/Ryan, not just as a way to get Obama out of the way, but team to lead America back to our founding principles.
Why am I voting for Romney? Five reasons:
- He's not Obama, first and foremost. Obama has not given me a reason to give him a second term and what he's done so far, and his lack of second term plan, shows we'll just get more of the same stagnant mediocre hot economic mess we've been experiencing these last four years. "Four years isn't enough time..." is a crackhead excuse. Reagan did it, so it can be done. Obama promised he'd do it. He promised he'd cut the deficit in half and he promised unemployment would be around 5.4% by this time. He could have done it in four years, he just put all the wrong policies in place. He's not proposing anything new or better, so he's gotta go. Obama being black is a biological truth and an observation; it's not a reason to vote for him.
- I don't like Obamacare. I'm too damn old to be on my mother's health insurance and if I can't afford it, then I can't afford it. That's my problem. It's caused her premiums to go up and it's taken more out of her paycheck. It's not worth it. Obama's goal was to lower the cost of health insurance and he ended up doing the exact opposite. In 2013 and 2014, Obamacare will cost people jobs, hours, and wages. For some, it will cause prices for food, clothing, and other goods to go up. We can't afford that right now. In a perfect world - or a communist country - Obamacare is a great idea. Right now, it's too expensive.
- Romney has experience in the private sector and in government. We need someone who not only understands business, but someone who understands the relationship between state and federal governments. Better yet, we need someone who has a track record of creating jobs and working in a bipartisan environment. Obama's disdain for underground energy has cost us jobs and money. I want that keystone pipeline, no matter what Hollywood says, and I want people in those coal mines doing whatever it is they do in coal mines. I want us to invest in natural gas, because relying on the middle east isn't going to work forever.
- America doesn't have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem. Spending money without a budget is reckless, and I know this from personal experience. We need to reform our entitlement programs, look into programs where we're wasting money or spending too much, and yes, we need to defund Planned Parenthood. Any business that can spend millions of dollars campaigning for Obama doesn't need federal funding. Plus, Mitt Romney believes in peace through strength and I'm counting on him not to give our military the very best because they deserve it!
- Abortion. I'm pro-life without exceptions and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's platform is pro-life with exceptions, which bugs me, but whatever. What makes me happy is when Mitt Romney said he won't pursue any "abortion-related legislation." Many liberals call it a flip-flop, but conservatives know better. Abortion should be a states issues, which is why I want Roe v. Wade overturned.