I was a Republican most of my life.
I’m still a registered Republican. I was raised in a very Republican, conservative
family. I voted for Bush, and Bush before him.
I voted for Ronald Reagan eight times. Four primaries, four major elections.
I voted probably as many times as Republicans got elected.
I’ve been a Republican since I was 18, I guess. But something’s happened in the last couple
years that’s just completely turned everything upside down.
The Republican party has gone too far to the right. I feel like I’m more of a moderate,
I don’t feel that there are many moderate Republicans out there anymore. If they are,
they’re not speaking up. I think I just became more aware of the things
that they were saying, and what that meant and how it affected me and my life.
It’s just hard to understand, it’s hard to talk to people about it, and it’s divided
our nation, these new attitudes. One of the things that makes me really upset about it
is the attitude toward birth control, contraceptives and abortion.
If you truly believe in a small government, that government shouldn’t be deciding what
I can and cannot do with my own body. I am very concerned about Mitt Romney’s policies
concerning women’s rights. He wants to reverse Roe v. Wade. Mitt Romney
has endorsed a governor that overturned equal pay for women.
We have worked long and hard to get where we are today as women. I don’t want all that
to go by the wayside. People like me and my family have realized
that the Republican party once was in line with our views but are no longer.
After being a Republican for so long, that was quite a change. I almost felt like I was
turning my back on my friends and my family. And then I stopped and thought, no, no I’m
not. There’s no way on God’s great earth I would
consider voting Republican. I don’t want to even think about them having
control, as a woman, I don’t. If you’re a conservative woman, and you believe
in small government, then Barack Obama is your candidate, because he’s keeping the government
out of the decisions that should remain between you and God, and you and your own conscience.
This is personal now. I am doing what I believe is right.
If we don’t look out for our best interests, then how can we expect someone else to?