I'm Nadia, affectionately known as "Justice Jonesie" by my bloggy friends, founder of Niche Mommy Conference and co-founder of Blogalicious. I'm a savvy mom to three, law professor, and blogger since 2006. I blog at JusticeJonesie.com about motherhood, food, travel, and more. I became politically active at the age of 30, after I became a U.S. Citizen. Since then, I’ve volunteered for Obama for America and as a Voter Protection Attorney. When I am not working or chasing after my kids, you may find me training for a half-marathon or enjoying a chic night out on the town with my hubby.
It's been over a week since President Obama won re-election and some Republicans are still unable to accept the win with honor and respect. They're apparently suffering from post election shock and have resorted themselves to unpatriotic, racists tantrums.
Since my candidate won, I thought that I would be spending the following days happy for our victory. While I had moments of joy and excitement at Obama's win, and the progress we can now make these next four years, I find myself increasingly saddened by what I have witnessed from my fellow Americans.
Within minutes after President Obama was declared a winner on election night, angry Facebook posts and tweets starting flying through social media streams. Statements varied from subtly racist to downright racist and then just completely ignorant. People were fast to react as "friends" unfriended each other and ugly tweets were retweeted by the tens of thousands.
President Obama earned my vote in 2007 and continues to earn it today, even more so than four years ago. The reasons for me became clear back then when I saw a candidate that was motivated by helping the majority of Americans, not just a segmented group of voters. I also saw a candidate that was interested in the well-being of the majority of families across the nation; families that faced similar hardships that President Obama’s own family had dealt with before. What stood out to me in 2007 and continues to today is the message that we heard during Mrs. Obama's Democratic National Convention speech in September -- the personal experiences that Mrs. Obama and President Obama experienced in their own lives and within their own families have been the bedrock for the issues and platforms that President Obama has rallied for these last four years.
Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, whom Mitt Romney has and still endorses, said recently with regard to pregnancyand rape that, "I struggled with it, myself, for a long time, but I came to realize life is a gift from God. And even if life begins in a horrible situation of rape, it is something God intended to happen."
Let's be clear on what this all means ... Republicans want to overturn Roe vs. Wade -- which currently ensures that a woman can have a safe abortion if she finds herself in the unfortunate situation of an unplanned pregnancy. One that may have been the result of rape or incest.
In the infamous hidden video of Mitt Romney that surfaced in September, the world watched as Mitt dismissed 47% of voters as being entitled, non-tax paying citizens that would never vote for Romney. While this video and the now infamous 47% statement has made repeated international headlines, there were a series of other comments that seemed to fly under the radar. Until now, at least.
In the same video, Mitt Romney shared with the audience that his father was born in Mexico and that if his father was "born of Mexican parents, [he'd] have a better shot at winning [the election]." Mitt goes on to say that "being Latino would be helpful" which is followed by a series of laughter in the audience.
Right, because poking fun of the hardships that Latino-Americans have endured is something to laugh at.
Voters have had an opportunity to digest their reactions to the first presidential debate and the fact that Big Bird may have stolen the show.
As I watched the debate, I'll admit that by the end of the first round I started watching the clock tick with nervousness and anxiety. Time was running out and Mitt Romney had a clear strategy and plan of attack for the night. To win the debate using the "fake it until you make it" and smoke and mirrors approach to try and fool the American people into believing the falsehoods he was saying were true. Romney had great stage presence; he was confident, comfortable, relaxed, was even joking and laughing at times. For the first time in the last 18 months, I found him almost likable.
As for President Obama, I'm still trying to figure out what his strategy was. Obama did not challenge Romney enough, he didn't dismiss Romney's false claims and at times the President seemed aloof.