Let's Get PoliticalWhy I Care About VotingRachel Hastings

When you think about it, it doesn’t seem like casting one vote matters all that much. Elections are rarely decided by one vote, even in a swing state. But what if everyone thought that way? What if a large group of people were all, ‘hey, you guys got this, right?’ Someone would get it, but it might not end up being the guys (and gals) you wanted to get it.

This year, I feel, more than I’ve ever felt before, that either outcome of this election has the potential to make our country very different. Sure, both candidates seem fairly similar towards the end of the campaign, but it’s because they’re doing it on purpose. They’re trying to appeal to everyone. But deep down, they each have a strong set of opposing beliefs that can and will have an amazing impact on all of our lives. And “our” includes you. Yes, YOU!

As a young lady who’s been in the working world for a few years now, the things on my mind are my health care, good jobs for brilliant college graduates, which are still very difficult to come by (the jobs, not the brilliant college graduates), and y’know, the future. Energy sources. Schools for my maybe-future-children. My own ability to decide when I have maybe-future-children. Whether or not all of my friends can marry whomever they choose.

Here’s what we’re up against. We’ve got a President, with an adorable family, I might add, who promised us a lot four years ago. A President who came into a tough situation, and did his best to turn things around. And then we’ve got a candidate who, from what I can decipher, doesn’t have anything more than a “5-point-plan,” a decent smile, and a platform that will set us back, socially, at least 50 years.

I say “from what I can decipher,” because even in trying to look at all of the facts with a level head, I really truly honestly cannot imagine what a Romney presidency would be like. And sure, Obama hasn’t been perfect, but I was able to stay on my parents’ health insurance when I was unemployed because of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare. I was just presented, this past week, with a list of health care services that will be free for me under Obamacare. Free. No co-pay, just a doc tellin’ me I’m a-ok, and me not having to pay to make sure I’m healthy.

But the truth of the matter is, we’ve got a long way to go, and the opportunity to decide who will choose which way that will be. We can decide whether we should keep going in the direction we have been going in, a.k.a. slow but steady improvement, or we can start over again with something that seems completely different, but really, something we kind of had from 2000-2008. It takes a long time to make change for an entire country. I can barely decide where to go to dinner with one other person, I can’t even imagine what it’d take to make and implement a policy that would affect hundreds of millions of people.

One way or another, something’s going to happen. But the good thing is, we get to have a say in it. We do. Together. Our many votes. But that means we have to all decide to vote, and then get out of bed on Tuesday and make it happen. And then maybe take care of one or two of those other errands you’ve been putting off. That laundry’s not going to do itself (note: please someone find a way to make laundry do itself).

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  1. The article is called “Why I Care About Voting”, not “Why Everyone Cares About Voting” or “Why You Should Care About Voting”. This isn’t a news site, it’s an opinion site. One run by women, women who believe in women’s rights and equality for all so I don’t think anyone should be surprised when they have a Democratic bias. And no, women shouldn’t vote just based on “women’s issues” but I think it’s fair to say that a candidate who doesn’t trust women with their own bodies probably isn’t going to care too much about my opinions on other matters.

  2. I love this site very much and value it for progressive ideas. It would be silly to ask a site devoted to women’s issues to cancel bias. You can’t do that. But I agree with what Cristina and others say. Let more opinions flow. I value opinions, so long as the title or attention grabber isn’t misleading. Change the title, possibly, or rewrite the article. News sources do this all the time – give a seemingly biased or unbiased article and then alter the message in the article.

  3. I’m glad I’m not the only one who wants to see less biased or at least more diverse political articles on Hello Giggles. I dislike that this site is suppose to be a positive place for women but alienates women with more conservative/republican beliefs.

  4. Sorry, but I think you should inform yourself on the details of, “Obama hasn’t been perfect.” The way that was whimsically stated should alert every reader of the quality of your knowledge over that subject. I think that people should vote if they are educated enough in the matter to do so. Get your facts straight, and consider the IMPORTANT matters, such as the great financial ruin that Obama has consistently made. Sorry, but this post was not educated in the matter.

  5. I read this article as, “Everyone needs to vote. I think that one candidate is this way, and the other is that way so I am voting for this candidate. It’s your job to vote for what you want.”

    It has been annoying reading article after article on here about Obama. There are women who plan on voting for Romney, and since HelloGiggles is about all women together and not just liberal women, it should stand to reason that they present articles representing both sides (or all sides, I know quite a few libertarians.)

    For the record, and correct me if I’m wrong here, Romney has not actually said anything that would make me believe he plans on putting in place anything to restrict the rights of women. Sure, some really idiotic repubs have said some truly atrocious things about women, and Romney did start the awesomeness of “binders full of women.” But I have yet to hear Romney himself suggest he will put any restrictions on the rights of women.

  6. I too agree with Rachel Lam. You had a great opportunity of writing an article about why voting is important and you managed to turned it into a stereotyped “why obama is better than romney” classic article. From a foreign perspective, reading such kind of articles all the time tends to make us think that Obama is good and Mitt Romney is as bad as dark vader without the whole black outfit. Maybe Obama is indeed as great as people say and maybe Romney is the big bad guy who’s going to destroy America but somehow I doubt it’s that simple and I don’t think presenting the situation in such a manichean way will help convince people. Voters are not children and such kind of argumentation will simply annoy them, just like it annoyed me…

  7. Do your democratic duty and vote! Everybody has a right to their opinion. Hello Giggles is one of the best sites out there. I think this young lady typed a fine article.

    • This is my last comment for the day here. No one will disagree the author is entitled to her opinion, and entitled to share it. I think what some of the comments, well maybe I should just stick to my comment, is venting about is the one-sidedness of the political articles on HelloGiggle’s website in general. It would be great to hear from various viewpoints on various topics that are important this election season. I think there is no harm in educating potential voters by showcasing different political beliefs and different candidates. It is almost insulting to think that all women are represented by one polical viewpoint. Even though we are of one gender, women are quite a diverse group. To lump us in one line of thought would be foolish.

    • I agree.. everybody has a right to their own opinion & has the freedom to post it wherever they like. I loved her article! GO OUT AND VOTE!! :)

  8. I enjoy this site, but despise all the articles relating to politics… Another article that is biased towards a particular candidate in a string of political articles biased towards one candidate. Grr. It would be nice if there was an article that just looked at both sides of several issues and presented them clearly. Then let the reader decide. That would be interesting!

    And by the way, it would be nice if we could look beyond the “women’s issues” only. Yes, I am a woman, and I am of course interested in issues relating to my ability to obtain contraception and affordable health, but I am ALSO interested in foreign policy, the economy, the environment, affordable education, and several other social issues. It is absurd to think the only issue I care about is women.

    I always remember what my social studies teacher said during an election year after we asked him who he was planning on voting for. He said it was not his place to tell us his views on why he is voting for, but to inform us on the candidates’ positions, and for us to make an educated vote based on that. I wish HelloGiggles would have done the same. :(

  9. Of course it’s biased, no one claimed for it to be neutral. I will admit, I’d like to read something from a Republican Giggle’s viewpoint, it’d be very interesting. Here, all she did was state general facts. If the facts are making one side look worse than the other…well then…

    Hello Giggles is a wonderful, female driven site. I’d like to think that women would look at the candidates, their stand on womens rights, and make a logical decision.

    • Thanks for that, Laura. You’re right, I wasn’t claiming that it was neutral. But I do think that everyone, no matter who they support, should get out and vote!

  10. I’m not an American, and I am a little sick of these apparently neutral articles which somehow manage to slip in a political message.
    But I echo that everyone should go out and vote! It’s a right and privilege at the same time – it’s your right as a citizen of a democracy, but also a privilege – look at the many countries around the world that don’t have free and fair elections.

    • Turn off your computer and turn Fox News back on. That way you will get to hear exactly what makes you feel comfortable. Just be aware of something. Many in the conservative base are still a little pissed that women are allowed to vote much less actually have a say in their own matters.

      • Whoa whoa whoa. Although I have no standing to say this since I’m not an American, but IF I were an American, I could find multiple reasons and side with multiple arguments to vote for either side. I’m not attacking Rachel Hastings’ opinion per se. I think it’s great she’s participating in the national debate about the direction your great nation is taking – much better than being disillusioned or disengaged. Believe me, coming from Singapore (where the ruling party has been in rule for the entire independent lifetime of this country so far, thus disillusioning many of the electorate), I greatly admire the unpredictability of your elections.

        I also agree that these issues shouldn’t be reduced to ‘women’s issues’, but I also agree that not all women who care about their reproductive rights necessarily have liberal views on them.

        I’m neither a Republican or Democrat, but I’m just saying there is a lot more room both in the online and offline world for neutral and honest debate, and opinions based on real facts. Let’s have more of that, instead of dismissing everyone with conservative views and shafting them into the ‘Fox News’ category of your worldview.

        Ok I think I’ve said enough! Enjoy your elections America :D

      • Yikes! I guess asking for articles to try to present both (or however many) sides of an issue, is something to be upset about??? Maybe you should turn off your computer.

    • Agreed, Rachel Lam. I love this website, but lets be serious; every article is completely biased. Everyone has a right to believe what they believe, but can we get some variety up in here? Lets be honest, this article is only here to encourage votes for Obama. Not to make people “care about voting”. If we want to be fair and free, check out some Libertarian stances.