Jo Rhett (jorhett) wrote,
Jo Rhett
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Our political differences are not trivial, they are life threatening.

Numerous people over the last week have challenged me for ending my friendships with people who are voting for Romney. They keep returning to the idea that we should be able to sit down at the same table and either

* debate politics at leisure with respect for one another

* avoid politics so that we can remain friends

I would like to make something very clear. I would LOVE that either of these choices were possible for me. I would really, really like the idea that four years from now we could be sitting at a table debating economic or foreign policy. I am not kidding you when I say that this is something I enjoy, and would be happy to do with respect for your point of view.

But that isn't what this election is about. This election is about whether or not the federal government of the united states disenfranchises its own citizens.

Neither one of us can make this decision as if we will both be sitting at the same table discussing topics in four years. The decisions that Romney is clearly stating he wants to enforce would very likely kill me, or kill people whom I love. I am facing a situation where staying in this country would be courting suicide should Romney be elected.

I hate to pull up a hitler reference, but I haven't found any other analogy that people seem to grasp:
Consider the question this way: if a Nazi and Jew had debated politics at the time that Jews were required to wear armbands identifying themselves publicly, and Hitler had proposed the creation of the concentration camps, should the Jew have accepted the Nazi's point of view with respect? No. Because further political debates were impossible after the Jew was hauled away.

If you are thinking of voting for Romney, then you need to understand that you are voting to disenfranchise me and people whom I love. You are threatening our support by the US Government, and thus our safety. In all likelyhood, I won't be available to you for any future debates because I will either be dead, or living in a country where I am safer as an ex-patriot than I am as a US Citizen in my own country. I cannot be your friend when you are voting to send me away.

I would like to take this moment to say that I will never, ever, ever vote to disenfranchise you within the US Government. I will never vote to deprive you of the services that you have paid into and fully expect to receive their benefit. I will never vote for any person who expresses the desire to turn the government's back on you, or tries to segregate you into a different group for specialized treatment. Please don't do this to me. Please don't vote for Romney.

And if you vote for Romney, then you need to understand that you have chosen to send me away or kill me. You have voted for me not to be here. So please don't feign surprise when I stop considering you a friend.
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