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1. Romney would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned. According to his website, mittromney.com, “Roe v. Wade is a case of blatant judicial activism that took a decision that should be left to the people and placed it in the hands of unelected judges.” By unelected judges, he is referring to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. I believe a woman has rights and jurisdiction over her own body—this does not make me anti-life. In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court held that, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” Hear! Hear!

2. Because Romney thinks he knows best how people should love one another and he thinks love should be legislated. Romney believes our Constitution should be altered to include a Federal Marriage Amendment; he believes limiting the rights and privileges to men and women only in support of these views is “critical for the well-being of civilization.” What? See above: “…liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence…” Isn’t defining for oneself who one loves very nearly the same thing?

3. Because Romney would pursue an energy policy that moves us backward, by doing things like amending the Clean Air Act to exclude carbon dioxide and pursuing almost entirely carbon-based energy-sources. He eschews green technology as pie-in-the-sky; he believes that since it has not produced some kind of economic boom, it has no value. He is missing the point; he is missing it because he does not believe in climate change. That he denies the consensus of the scientific community, facts and the overwhelming evidence that clearly demonstrates that human behavior is having a negative impact on our planet is troublesome indeed.

4. Because Romney’s policies around the health and well being of the populace do not support the health and well being of the populace. Romney would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For the life of me I cannot comprehend why so many Americans don’t understand or support this legislation. Health insurance is unbearably expensive for most, unaffordable for many, or completely out of reach for countless Americans. Prescription costs are rising. Benefits are diminishing and people with pre-existing conditions are being denied care. Why is it that the United States lags so far behind a great host of countries who successfully provide their citizens care through broad-based nationalized programs? How come we can’t figure this out? Also problematic for me is Romney’s plan to end stem cell research, potentially preventing the discovery of treatment or cures for countless diseases and illnesses. He would ban medical marijuana ending critical access to many who are suffering. I know this topic is extremely controversial and exceedingly complicated, but I believe Romney’s prescription for our country will do more harm than good.

5. Because when it comes to foreign policy, Romney is vague: he doesn’t really have a foreign policy. Case in point: he seems too eager to engage Syria but has no real concept of exactly what that means. It is true Bashar al-Assad is a very bad man. No doubt he is evil incarnate. However, do we really want to kick this beehive without having any real plan for dealing with the angry bees we’ve unleashed? On the subject of Syria, Romney’s contention that “the entire world looks to the United States for American strength and American leadership” is something someone who wants to look presidential says. Everyone agrees Assad must go. But Romney has no clue what a Syria without Assad would look like. And Lord knows we really don’t need another demonstration of American power overseas. As Bruce W. Jentleson says in the Huffington Post, “Threat-mongering doth not a sound and savvy foreign policy make.”