Social Network of African American Conservatives & Moderates
My name is Teresa, and I voted for Obama. And I regret it.
Like many Americans, I was at the edge of my seat during the 2008 Democrat presidential primary, when it was neck and neck between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. I was rooting for Obama. Between his Ivy League background, his inspirational "Hope and Change" rhetoric and, well, his race, I wanted him to make history.
Through his landmark victory at the polls to his inauguration, my heart swelled with pride at knowing that in my lifetime, a black person was elected the most powerful leader in the world. It was a momentous occasion for schools too. Students gathered in auditoriums to watch his historic inauguration on TV and big screens. My daughter wore a blue sweater with the American flag on it that day.
Immediately after taking office, Obama rolled up his sleeves and set to work fixing the economy. He passed the $787 billion Stimulus Act in February 2009, and I thought, This man is really getting down to business!
No surprise Republicans didn't feel this way. In February 2009, when I was covering an NJ GOP gubernatorial candidate's visit to a local Republican club, I felt like I was in a lion's den as a Democrat. Republicans I spoke to after the candidate's address said they didn't like what Obama was "doing to this country." Did you forget we're in this financial hole because of Bush's decision to launch a meaningless war? I thought. Did you forget that he green lighted an $800 billion bank bailout? Did you forget it was Bush's fault we're in this mess?
And I was thrilled when I learned from watching CNN that the Democrats passed the healthcare reform in 2010, realizing every liberal's dream for all to get affordable, accessible healthcare coverage. Apparently the Republicans thumbed their noses at this, but those selfish jerks didn't care about the 46 million people in the US without health insurance, I figured.
When the media was flooded with images of Tea Party members -- stereotyped as uncouth, backwoods, standard English-challenged white people -- with their protests signs demanding to "take their country back." I thought what any "free-thinking" liberal would think: "RACISTS!" It wasn't until a few years later, when I watched online videos (notice, plural) of black people at these rallies I realized the movement wasn't rooted in racism, but a genuine interest in saving the Constitution from a man who is seeking to alter its purpose for the sake of "liberalism."
Over time, Obama's "Change we can believe in" mantra lost its luster to me, starting with the administration's $80 billion auto industry bailout. Later, the government's bid to stimulate the alternative energy industry by loaning Solyndra $535 million went under when the company filed for bankruptcy in 2011. These turning points made me wake up to the fact that this nation's condition under Obama's leadership was a freaky roller coaster that wasn't going to end any time soon. Stop the ride -- I wanna get off!
The last straw for me was Obama's insistence that religious institutions cover employees' contraceptives with insurance -- a clear undermine of freedom of religion. Continuing his failure to understand these institutions' viewpoints, the Obama administration is strong arming these institutions by fining them $100 per day per employee. This could "bankrupt religious institutions that do not qualify for an exemption," LifeSiteNews.net reports.
Looking back at Obama's actions in the last four years ... now I get where his opponents are coming from. The Stimulus Act -- not a good idea; to keep debt down, you rein in spending, not throw it away. ObamaCare -- this is only going to hike up taxes. According to Real Clear Politics, ObamaCare already taxes by $400 billion over the next 10 years. But of course, all this is no surprise to anyone who protested his ideas to begin with;)
Yep, that "change" Obama promised did this country something, all right. At the dawn of Obama's term, the national gas price average was under $2, the national debt was about $10.7 trillion and national unemployment rate was 7.6 percent. Now the gas price average is almost $4, we're $15 trillion in the hole and the unemployment rate is 9.1 percent. What's more, the number of children in poverty ballooned by 2 million in the last two years and food stamp use spiked 70 percent during Obama's term.
I'm throwing my support to the Republicans, namely Mitt Romney, whom I'm voting for in the New Jersey June 6 primary. Even if Romney doesn't win the presidential nomination, I'm still voting Republican (even if it's Gingrich, whom I despise).
I'm tired of seeing Barack Obama running our precious Constitution through the shredder, steamrolling it and setting it on fire.
I'm tired of his mission and mandates eradicating what makes this country so great: actual hard work for gainful results and freedom to be what you want to be and do what you want to do. As an American daughter of an African-American man and a Filipina who emigrated and became a U.S. citizen, this country gave me and my family so much.
Most of all, I'm tired of knowing my daughter -- my precious, naive soon-to-be 10-year-old daughter who has no idea what she'll get into in 10 years -- is an unwitting debtor of a steep national IOU resulted from a broken economy and incompetent politicians.