Now that I’m done with my ECE 290 LAS hw it feels good. I guess this week I’ve been revealing information on myself. Today, I’m going to explain why I became a Democrat. In the United States many people believe we have a winner take all system. There are winners and losers, a simple fact of life some might say. If you are lucky enough to be born in a well-off family you may attend Harvard or some other college that costs 40,000 a year to attend. You’ll get a six figure job and not have a care in the world. The question is how many Americans have 40,000 a year to spend on college when most people barely make more than that amount. Our society tells us that we should get an education but who’s going to pay for it. If you get into a good college, you have to take out loans. If you can’t qualify for a loan you end up in community college, if you can’t afford that then too bad. I use to have the attitude that it didn’t matter what was going to happen to anyone else outside of my family and friends. Which I believe is the republican argument, if you are making it, its too bad if someone else isn’t.
I felt really sick after I realized this was the type of mentality I had embraced when I about 12. It wasn’t until I took history in 11th grade with Dr.Aldo Regalado also a professor at the University of Miami, I realized all my beliefs about society and government were ill-founded. I started to notice the republican party was a party comprised of rich people that were not as ethically or economically diverse as the democratic party. As an Asian friend of mine pointed out Elaine Chao the first Asian person appointed to a cabinet position doesn’t do anything to help Asian people. Condi Rice hasn’t done much to help black people. Of course the appointments of Chao and Rice are historic first, but what has it done to help the people from the ethnic backgrounds they come from.
I don’t understand how the republican party can call it the moral party of the United States when it helps the wealthy. It does not look after the poor. Yes it does stand strong on wedge issues. Which if you notice I will not reveal how I stand on these issues. However I thought a party that had a religious compassionate edge to it would care about the social well-being of people. No one can tell me George Bush has done anything to help people that really need help right here in the US. The mother without health insurance. The guy who needs to see a doctor but can’t afford it. The people that want to go to college but are burdened by large loans. I see some many problems in the US its overwhelming. I hate to believe we are thinking on terms of class these days.
My good friend Luciana and future co-blogger took a huge interest in politics when she started going to college in DC. I hate to admit shes often a step ahead of me on current issues now days, but that is the life of an engineer. Luchy has spent an enormous amount of time working at the DNC looking at women’s issues. I enjoy when we talk about issues facing our country and how the democratic party is trying to answer these issues. We both believe that the Democratic party has the most concrete ideas to get this country back on track. By raising people out of poverty, getting our economy back on track, and making the US a country that’s once again held in high regards around the world. Barack Obama says he often gets people whispering to him saying, Barack I support you, and I’m a republican. And he says why are we whispering. Bill Clinton once said people want to join our side but their scared to jump off the diving board. My friend is scared to abandoned the republican party but I keep assuring her she has to follow what she believes is important to her, and I think the democratic party will suit her well.