Yahoo! News asked voters ages 23 to 27 whom they'd choose, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, if an election were held today. Here's one perspective.COMMENTARY | In 2008, I cast my ballot for Barack Obama, participating in a presidential election for the first time in my life. I am a 25-year-old currently living in Ann Arbor, Mich., and in these past four years, I have finished school and earned a master's degree; I now find myself struggling to start my career and pay off my student loans. I plan to vote for Obama again in November because Obama's policies and values reflect the America that I desire. Obama and the Democratic Party fight economic inequality and embrace diversity in America, while Mitt Romney and the Republican Party promote policies that concentrate wealth and power into the hands of a few elites.
In school, I studied urban planning, focusing on community and economic development. I would enjoy working in a local government office or at a nonprofit to help struggling communities empower themselves to find solutions to their economic woes. However, if the Republican Party continues to push to defund government services, finding a job in my desired field will only become more difficult.
Outside of economic issues, one issue very important to me is the issue of same-sex marriage. I am currently in a long-term same-sex relationship, and I look forward to the day when I can get married without having to worry about losing my rights the moment I cross state lines. The Obama administration has shown its commitment to equality through its outreach to LGBT organizations, its refusal to defend DOMA, and its success in repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The Republicans, on the other hand, have demonstrated a firm commitment to denying equal rights to LGBT Americans.
Although I believe that Obama is the better leader, I am not naive enough to believe that re-electing him will make everything perfect. For Americans to truly create change we can believe in, as the Obama slogan goes, we will need to continue working within our communities to organize on the grassroots level and make our voices heard. If we sit back and expect our leaders to make decisions for us, then we have lost, no matter if we win the election or not.
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