All the single ladies, all the single ladies…please stand up! On Tuesday night’s presidential debate, Gov. Mitt Romney was talking to you. When he dodged a question about gun violence and instead chose to go after single parents, he was talking to US. And when he claimed that people should think about marriage before having kids, we know what he was implying. We get it Mitt. The unwed, single Moms like me are not in the 1 percent. Are we then part of the 47 percent that you don’t care about? Tell us, Mitt, what percentage are we? One thing you should know, we damn sure are part of the female vote that will undoubtedly decide this election, and guess what, WE HEARD YOU.
When James Holmes, the alleged Colorado movie theater shooter, went on his rampage, I wonder if Mitt Romney checked to see whether his parents were still together or not. When Jared Loughner attempted to kill Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and took the lives of other innocents in the process, I wonder if Mitt investigated whether or not he grew up in a two-parent household. And when George Zimmerman, the killer of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, walked around freely for weeks, I wonder if Mitt called into question his upbringing.
Instead of deflecting the very real problem of gun violence on to single parents, Mitt probably should have taken the time to acknowledge the many factors that contribute to our “culture of violence” – not the least of which is poverty.
All across the country, there are countless two-parent households with an unemployed Mother, Father, or both. There are parents unable to find work, pay their rent, keep the lights on, and keep food in their children’s bellies. They can’t afford to take these kids to the doctor, let alone think about a college education. And when you have these young impressionable minds (often in our urban areas) with no programs and activities, no sense of hope, and no shot at the American dream – what do they end up often doing?
Turning to destructive behavior.
But we won’t hear Mitt talk about this. We won’t hear him talk about the high percentage of guns that are flooding in to our communities, and we won’t hear him talk about the “culture of violence” on film and on TV.
Instead, he’d like to blame the single Mothers.
There’s literally only days left before this important election, but we’ve got to ask ourselves, what exactly is Mitt Romney offering? When we know a bunch of factors contribute to the rise in violence across this nation, Mitt would like to eliminate/decrease many of the programs that stop kids from picking up a gun in the first place. He would like to cut Medicare, Medicaid, health care, student loans, and the list goes on and on and on.
Mitt doesn’t realize that the President of the United States doesn’t just govern the 1 percent, he/she is responsible for the well-being of the 100 percent — oh, I forgot, he recently changed his feelings about the 47 percent. Now he cares about everyone. So while he’s quick to throw single Mothers under the bus and can’t figure out what percentage they belong to, it’s a good thing that hard-working women will likely be the ones to decide who our next commander-in-chief will be.
I’m dropping the mic! Time to make our voices heard.
“Don’t boo, VOTE.” – President Barack Obama