3 Questions I'd Like to Ask President Obama & Mitt Romney

obamaIf given the chance, here are three questions I would ask the presidential candidates.

1. Can you recount a moment with one or more of your children that changed your perspective on life?

Things change when you procreate. Parenthood sharpens your focus and gives you a sort of foresight that you didn’t know you had. It makes you prioritize and realize what’s important in life. Things that seemed like huge problems before having kids all of sudden don’t demand as much energy or attention as they once did.

When you raise children, you have to learn the delicate balance of helping them succeed versus trusting them to learn their own lessons. I want a president that knows the difference between helping those that really need it and creating a welfare lifestyle. People need help from time to time, but just like we don’t expect our children to be dependent upon us forever, neither should the government expect anyone to be indefinitely on the dole.

2. As a mom, I worry about my kids’ safety and the rising cost of gasoline. How important is energy independence for America in terms of national security, and what is your plan to get us there?

We import nearly 60 percent of the oil used here in America, and much of that comes from the Middle East, where tension runs high. Iran is constantly threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz, where 20 percent of the world’s traded oil passes.

Worldwide demand for oil is increasing, and renewable energy sources like solar panels or hydro-dams or wind farms seem like a pipedream. The United States has three times the amount of oil in Saudi Arabia in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. There’s more off the coasts and buried in the Alaskan tundra known as ANWR. Then there’s the crude oil that Canada wants to ship to Texas via the Keystone Pipeline to be refined.

We have the resources -- now we need leadership that won’t block us from getting to them.

3. Do you believe that rampant racism still exists in this country, and if so, could you give me a specific example?

Having been called a racist more times than I can count for disagreeing with a political ideology that is bankrupting my country, I’m tired of the term. Not only is it not true, but also it devalues the real struggle that many people once faced in the United States. 

Of course there will always be nutters that hold a grudge against another person for their skin color, but racism in general ceases to exist as it did in the Jim Crow era. It’s now wielded as a tool for creating chaos and division, and used often as a power grab and excuse to manufacture change. It’s not fair to anyone to claim racism where it doesn’t exist.

This post is part of a weekly conversation with our Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers. To see the original question and what the other writers have to say, read What Would Like Most to Ask the Presidential Candidates?

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nonmember avatar Lexi Jordan

"It’s not fair to anyone to claim racism where it doesn’t exist." What a ridiculous comment. Do you see the world through rose colored glasses or what? Maybe racism isn't expressed as freely and *might * be slightly less prominent but to pretend that entirely doesn't exist like you suggest in your last paragraph is unbelievably naive. I don't know why you even bothered to write these questions as it is fairly obvious that their answers would never be satisfactory to you.

And P.S. Cry me a freaking river about you high oil and gas prices. The USA is LUCKY! Try buying gas in Canada, any country in Europe or Australia and then tell me it's so expensive. Get over it! Gas prices aren't going anywhere but up all over the world!!

moose... mooselegion

Lexi, Jenny clearly stated that there is still racism in this country. She was simply pointing out that it is not rampant like it was 40 or 50 years ago. I'm Hispanic with a daughter who is black, and for the most part neither of us has to deal with racism. I do believe there are places where it is a bigger problem than in others, but in those places it's just as much the fault of the minorities as it is anyone else, and remember I'm a minority. As for your assertion that gas prices must rise, that shows a lack of understanding of the free market. Gas prices do not have to rise. In fact, they can go down if we can increase the supply and supplement oil with renewable sources. The reason gas prices continue to rise is because global demand for oil is increasing. This increase is being lead by china and India. If we tap our own oil, we can decrease our dependence on foreign sources. This will help to protect us from countries like Iran. That is the point she was making.

MsRkg MsRkg

You do realize oil is a finite resource right. There is only so much of it left in the world , that's why the price is going up and why you have to invest in alternative methods now instead of waiting for the last moment. As for the racism , it is everywhere and it does exist, no matter how hard you try to refute it.

nonmember avatar Shine

I love it when white people talk about racism in the past tense. How on earth would you know?

nonmember avatar ele4phant

I'm white, my brother is not. Raised together, similar education, similar everything. You bet we're treated differently, you bet there's racism still.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

The article says that racism is not rampant as it was in the Jim Crow era, it doesn't say its nonexistant. I think discussing racism with the first African American president would be pretty interesting actually.

Dana E Armstrong

A racist pig in a southern state has "I hate the ni**er in the White House" posted on a sign outside of his bar,

Now type that into your google search.......racism is alive and well....


bills... billsfan1104

Omg, Do people know how to read? She doesnt say racism doesnt exist. Please for the love of God, Buddha or whomever you believe, REREAD THE ARTICLE.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

I swore I posted to this already.....anyway....... It doesn't say racism doesn't exist. It says its not rampant like it was in the time of Jim Crow. I think discussing racism with the first black president would be fairly interesting.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

Ok, now both posts are there.........

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