What Matters to you during this Election?

I’m excited to report that Parents.com has asked me to offer the perspective of a political moderate through a series of personal reflections on the upcoming Presidential election. Along with Sharon Lerner (the “liberal” voice) and Suzanne Venker (the “conservative”), I will comment upon issues ranging from health care to education to whatever else comes up between now and November 6th. As I explained myself to readers:

We discovered that Penny has Down syndrome a few hours after her birth, and perhaps as a result I am increasingly concerned about political responses to issues including education, prenatal testing, health care, and support for individuals with disabilities. I am also interested in policy measures that would support both women and children, especially in relation to abortion.

Especially if you are a parent, what issues matter most to you as the election approaches?

To read an introduction to the series and to each writer, go to “Meet our 2012 Election Bloggers.”

About Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker writes and speaks about family, faith, disability, and culture. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, A Good and Perfect Gift (Bethany House), and Why I Am Both Spiritual and Religious (Patheos Press).


  1. What a great opportunity for you to influence people as part of the process of choosing and overseeing our government, AJ. The most important criteria for me in electing anyone is integrity. Proposed programs and platforms are secondary, and gain importance only as they help me identify who has the soundest judgment and the fortitude to carry it out.
    After all, most people running for election seem to be promising to solve our present problems. I’m looking for the ones I’d trust to handle the problems we don’t even know about yet.
    P.S. Aimee Byrd just posted a guest piece I wrote about singing praises off key. Hope you get a chance to take a look: http://www.housewifetheologian.com/singers-arent-only-ones-who-can-sing/

  2. For me, health care is the biggest issue. My husband and I are both self-employed, and the oldest of our four kiddos has special needs. Happily WI has a program that allows self-employed people with kids to buy into (unless it gets cut–ack!), but otherwise we’d be stuck, like we have been before. We make too much money for medicaid, but not enough to pay for insurance plus oldest’s medical care. :-/ THAT has become my biggest political concern.

  3. For me it’s:
    1. Out of control health care costs and government control of health care continuing to drive costs way up.
    2. Jobs and the Economy, government simply needs to get out of the way and reduce the enormous demands they’ve placed on small business owners like myself.
    3. Fast & The Furious and government run criminal activities that MUST be investigated and prosecute the law breakers. (200+ dead and counting, we need answers!)
    4. Federal and State Governments that have simply grown too large and need major reduction. The Constitution and it’s amendments all limit the power of the Federal Government but is no longer of any consequence.

  4. Unless something changes, this will be the first election that I will walk into the booth and leave an empty national election ballot. It shouldn’t be the first, but it will.
    I cannot support a man who claims to be a Christian, yet eschews many of the core values and tenets of scripture–besides carrying the traditional arrogance of our current politial culture that cries out that all we have is from the strength of our own hands rather than the favor of the Father.
    I also cannot support a man who shares my values but not my God. A man who holds to the tenets of a religion that claims men will be gods will act like the rest of the hosts of demon-gods in the end. We cannot trust ourselves to be god–or anyone else. Humility is a prerequisite to the highest office in the land. Anything else is a license to abuse.
    I keep hoping and praying for something else, but there may not be. It grieves me. I pray–there is no other choice. There never has been. No king but King Jesus.