Romney right for Independent

I am a violent, pistol-packing, woman-hating, fund-cutting, greedy, money-grubbing Republican.

Not really, but given some of the conversations I surreptitiously hear around me, I have no doubt that is what people would think of me if I wore my politics printed on the front of my shirt. I tend to use my journalism as an excuse to avoid political conversation, claiming the need to remain impartial.

The truth is that I’m an unaffiliated voter. I don’t give my loyalty to any political party. But I tend to vote conservative, and I may as well have “Republican” stamped across my forehead. If I have to pin down a political philosophy, I’d say I am a Libertarian.

I am pro-life. I own a gun. I am a capitalist, and I don’t see a problem with making money, being rich or doing exactly what I want with the money I make. I reserve the right to be frustrated about how much of my tax money goes into welfare programs. I am an Ayn Rand-inspired objectivist existentialist (eat your heart out, Jean-Paul Sartre).

Does this mean I’m voting for Romney? Most likely. There are things about Romney that bother me. I am bothered that he was elected by a state that kept re-electing Ted Kennedy. What does that say about Romney’s politics? I can guarantee that Kennedy wasn’t leaning toward the right in any of his political opinions.

What I do know is that I’m not voting for Obama. With those 11 words, I’ve just put a target on my back. Obama’s supporters are, if nothing else, loyal. I have been surprised at the venom of Obama’s supporters when someone dares suggest that he’s not the man to run the country. I like discussing issues, but not if it means I’m going to be screamed at. And to be fair, I know Tea Partiers I’m every bit as reluctant to talk to. Rabid political loyalty is not party specific.

I don’t tow Romney’s political line. I don’t agree with his xenophobic stance on immigration. I don’t agree with how much he’s cutting from certain programs that would be considered liberal. I support the regulation of marijuana.

But check out the stats. A record number of immigrants — many of them legal — have been deported under Obama. His shiny new healthcare policy will fine me for being poor. As a person who has had to lift a gun in self-defense, I’m not all that wild about Obama’s position on the Second Amendment.

So, to make a choice between the two of them, I’ll vote for Romney and call him the lesser of two evils. You don’t have to like my choice. I probably won’t like yours. I understand that colleges are notoriously liberal and I am not.

It’s a free country. But I’m under no illusion that either of our parties are going to keep it that way.

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Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko

Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko

Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko is The Metropolitan News Editor. She is majoring in convergent journalism and expects to graduate in 2014. After earning her degree, Kelli would like to profile cold cases with the hope her work can help solve them.
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Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko is The Metropolitan News Editor. She is majoring in convergent journalism and expects to graduate in 2014. After earning her degree, Kelli would like to profile cold cases with the hope her work can help solve them.

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