Coronavirus election confusion

By Mary McFerren
Posted 11/2/20

My father was a Republican and my mother was a Democrat when they got married. Mom voted for Kennedy but soon after election, she changed her party to Republican, to get along with my father. They …

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Coronavirus election confusion

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My father was a Republican and my mother was a Democrat when they got married. Mom voted for Kennedy but soon after election, she changed her party to Republican, to get along with my father. They were both active in Jefferson County politics, fundraising and giving coffees for candidates they liked, both Republican and Democrat.

As their daughter, when of age, I voted for various candidates. I still vote for Independent, Democrat and Republican candidates depending on the election. I was, and still am bipartisan. I don’t understand people who only vote for one party no matter what. Both parties have problems and strengths in their own ways.

As a bipartisan voter I am especially confused about the coming presidential election. My values, beliefs close to my heart, are represented by both parties.

I liked what President Trump said in his closing speech at the Republican Convention. He talked about protecting the unborn child, especially the ones who are almost born but then aborted legally.

But I also liked things Joe Biden and Kamala Harris said in their talks during the Democratic National Convention.

They support Dreamers, or DACA for short, allowing children to gain citizenship who were born and raised in the United States by undocumented parents. President Trump is against this and supports deporting these children.

Here’s my struggle. How can a president who is for protecting unborn children, at the same time want to evict Mexican children raised in our country, children who know our country as their home from the time of their birth? And how could he orchestrate babies and children being separated from their parents at the border, many never to be reunited?

Why would he want to punish these innocent children?

And how can Democrats who care about children of undocumented parents, not care about the same children if they aren’t quite born yet?

Unfortunately, the abortion issue has become totally partisan. “Pro-choice” is the Democrat’s baby. Many Republicans, such as President Trump, are proud to say they are “prolife.”

Now for me, I love DACA and many things the Democrats stand for. But if I tell friends, who vote for Democratic candidates, if I tell them I can’t stomach partial birth abortion, if I say that they will jump on me. They will throw me under the bus as a “right wing fanatic religious conservative.” Excuse me, but has anyone got a brain anymore to consider important issues of life in depth?

Labels, labels, and more labels. My father, who graduated from Yale with a degree in economics, told me “The purpose of college is to learn how to think and get along with people.”

To me the people who say, “Abortion rights are sacred up to the time of birth,” to me these people do not choose to think or feel. The unborn baby is what is sacred.

As you may guess, for this presidential election I will struggle with my voting choice.

Some people say I should vote. Vote, vote, vote, they say.

But what if neither candidate for president seems consistent enough to be my choice?

Mary McFerren grew up in Golden. She would love to hear from you about any of your concerns, or what you think about the issues raised in this column. Contact her at mry_jeanne@yahoo.com

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