Barack Obama, Once More

For whom will you vote for President, and why?

I intend to vote for Barack Obama for president because he has done and said many things that matter to me.  His commitments reflect mine, and his accomplishments have improved the lives of millions of Americans.

Here is the beginning of a list:

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Women’s preventative health care services

Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Sonia Sotomayor

Ending the war in Iraq

Repeal of the Global Gag Rule

“I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

Ending deportations of Dream Act eligible youth.

Elena Kagan

Auto industry bailout

This:

“This is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s health care decisions. … Women are capable of making these decisions in consultation with their partners, with their doctors, and for politicians to want to intrude in this stuff often times without any information is a huge problem.”

American Reinvestment and Recovery Act

“Rape is rape.”

This, from his first inaugural address:

“For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.  We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and non-believers.  We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”

This:

To what extent did your tradition shape your decision?

In my previous Patheos Election post, I noted that “as a Lutheran and as a feminist, poverty and economic inequality are key issues that I am considering this election because of their impact on women, families, and their communities.”  The list I provide here is just a snapshot of some of Obama’s accomplishments and commitments related to this, and just some of the reasons that I will proudly and happily vote for him again.

(If you want more reasons, and don’t mind the f-word, check out this site.)

Picture via Kittens for Obama (hq = my living room)


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About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and also teaches Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

  • pagansister

    Am going to vote for the President, because I can’t imagine Romney being the leader of this country. Most certainly things are not perfect right now in the country, but if Romney was elected, we’ll be going backwards. The idea that Romney could put a judge or two on the Supreme Court is also scary. His statement regarding Obamacare being removed on his First Day in office? Seriously? He is the man who put that type of system in MA, and now a similar plan is not good for this country? Vouchers for health insurance? Roe V Wade in danger of HIM—–no—no Romney as leader for this country. President Obama has done many good things in the sort 4 years—you listed many above—-all good.


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