I know this is going to sound a little "crazy".....
Posted Nov 05 2012 12:00am
Let's face it, we're an under-represented population, folks. We don't have a lot of powerful lobbyists in Washington. We have NAMI, and that is about it for us. We do not have big rallies or marches, and there are no people waving signs very often to raise awareness for our cause (although there was recently for a woman with a mental illness in my area who was shot by a law enforcement officer and the sign waivers received criticism for their efforts to raise awareness). So, what can we do? We can go to National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America meetings. We can go to support groups. We can write letters to our Senators and Representatives, and we can create petitions. We can join community boards. We can use our voices. We can do public speaking.
And one thing, one simple thing, that we can all do is vote.
So if you are of age to vote, and if you live in the United States, and if you have not already voted early, then please get up tomorrow, go out and exercise your write to speak on behalf of everybody who relies on Social Security Disability and SSI benefits to survive, everybody who needs Medicaid or Medicare to get their medications or see their doctors, or receive therapy, everybody who lives in an ALF or group home or HUD housing, or other government subsidized living facility, everybody who uses food stamps, everybody with a kid in public school, everybody with no health insurance at all who will have the opportunity to receive healthcare under Obamacare, every woman who receives gynecological healthcare through Planned Parenthood or uses birth control, every man who expects the women he has relations with to use birth control, everybody who can't afford to raise a child, everybody who is gay and wants to maybe get married someday and not be shunned, everybody who is female and wants equal pay for equal work which she can get under the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed by President Obama, everybody who is a little person and on of the 47% that Mitt Romney famously said he does not care about. Us. Speak on behalf of all of us.
So go vote tomorrow. Please. Do it for yourself. Do it for your ancestors who could not vote because they were women, or they were black, or they were immigrants, or they were uneducated and didn't know they could. Do it for the people in the world who don't have the right to choose their President and wish they could. Do it for the people who want the change that we can create. Do it for them. Do it for every country that is affected by the actions of the foreign policy of the United States. Vote for them. Vote for yourself. Vote for your mama, and vote Obama.