I, like most people, have priorities and personal rankings with regard to the numerous concerns of my daily life, and I worry about each accordingly. At the top of the list is my family, my wife and two young boys, and then it all kind of dwindles from there until it works its way down to that moment in which I must decide which pair of socks I should wear for the day, if any.
Also placing high on the list is the heated discussion of politics, which admittedly ebbs and flows in importance based upon the issues in focus and the impact of each upon my family; however, these days the coming election affects us all, and I have considered the platforms carefully.
There are a number of topics currently bouncing around the media and across the water coolers of America, from fixing the economy to the importance of health care, and all are valid and each meanS the most to somebody. There are matters regarding women, seniors, the military and its veterans, the LGBT community, all sides of education, the creation of jobs and the subsequent retention they require, the findings of science, international relations, and the case of the environment—the list is long, and unlike the one I outlined above it does not give much ground in terms of importance. Everything deserves our attention.
And yet I have based my decision to support President Obama, not on any single hot-button issue, but rather the way in which he approaches them all. President Obama makes his decisions with a combination of intelligence, experience, and compassion. He addresses situations with determination and fairness. He treats Americans, and all citizens of the world, with honesty and respect. These are qualities lacking elsewhere, and they provide the perfect source of inspiration when discussing such things as character and leadership with my boys.
Generally, the President's approach produces the type of results that have proven best for my family. We are middle-class, concerned about education and social issues like same-sex marriage and a woman's right to choose. We want our parents to enjoy the benefits of a Medicare program that they have paid into, and for other Americans to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they are able to maintain healthcare regardless of the curveballs life throws at them. We want that for ourselves, and for the generations to follow.
Parenting is its own reward, but it is also full of worry and challenges. President Obama and the policies that he endorses make it easier to put some of those worries to bed so that we too, can sleep better. There is comfort in knowing that the future of our children is growing stronger because, as an active father himself, Mr. Obama gets it.
The challenges are also proving less difficult, though there is still much work to be done. When I speak to my boys about every person being equal, I can now point to the advancements in civil rights for women, people of color, and same-sex marriage as a beacon of doing the right thing—a hope for a better tomorrow.
This is the result of character, education, and understanding, both from President Obama and those of us that agree a world more just is a world better for everyone, but especially my kids—after all, they are on the top of my list.
Whit Honea is an award-winning writer and blogger living in Los Angeles with his wife and their two boys. He writes about parenting, travel, and current events all over the Internet. His personal website is Honea Express, which seems much more clever when you know that Honea sounds like pony—see? Now with tweets: @whithonea