Today, during a multi-family garage sale on my street, I met a rather vocal Republican (no shocker there) and his wife. They were taking quite an interest in a painting I had leaning against my car — that is until the man saw my Obama 2012 bumper sticker.
He stood up, pointed at it and grumbled. I asked with a laugh if the bumper sticker was a deterrent to buying the picture and he replied, “Sorta. Yeah, it is.”
He continued, much to his wife’s chagrin: “Just do me a favor. Just watch the movie, and you can see the direction he is trying to take this country.”
The movie I can only imagine he’s referring to is Dreams From My Real Father, an anti-Obama DVD of which 1.5 million copies have reportedly been sent — unsolicited — to voters.
Oddly enough, his wife responded to him by saying, “That movie is only one person’s opinion.”
To be honest, I can only stomach about two minutes of that film. It’s an incendiary piece that takes cheap shots by pairing pictures of President Obama next to Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party USA propagandist, in similar poses or wearing similar swim trunks. Yes, swim trunks. It seems to be based off the ignorant idea that all African Americans look the same. It holds the same weight on my political decision-making process as Us Weekly Magazine.
There was very little I could say to the man while keeping matters civil and respecting his wife’s wishes not to get into it.
But I wanted to tell him that I am voting for Obama because I have a vagina and like the rights it has in this century.
I wanted to tell him that I am voting for Obama because I believe in all equality — whether it be race, marriage or wage related.
I wanted to tell him that I am voting for Obama because I believe in universal healthcare and the importance of making education available to everyone.
Romney has made a series of grave errors during his embarrassing campaign. He has spit on 47 percent of the American people, made it clear the submissive position he thinks women should have, taken advantage of the system when it comes to paying taxes and eagerly stepped on the backs of others to make his wealth. He will not get my vote. It surprises and dismays me that there are women out there considering him.
Here’s a recent review of the Romney campaign … for the record, it wasn’t a very good week.