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Here’s what mamas are saying today!
Question: Without getting into nasty politics (and candidate bashing on either side), what is the most important issue to you in the upcoming election?
I would really like to say something witty and profound here, but I just walked in the door after a 5 ½ hour car ride with three small children, and I don’t have any brain cells left (please ignore any typos). I also have no energy and am in danger of saying something crazy like, “I’d vote for someone who mandates that all minivans have built-in DVD players, automatic kid-friendly snack dispensers, and magic ‘go-while-you-go’ potties for kids, so you don’t have to stop for 512 potty breaks while on the road.”
But if you pressed me for a serious answer, I would say the economy. At the end of the day, if our family doesn’t have money coming in, we can’t pay for food, shelter, and other basic needs. I do think it’s crazy to try and pick a single issue though, because there are many that are important to me, but again, if pressed I’ll vote for the candidate I think will do the most for the economy. Well…either that or the candidate who will get me one of those minivans…
*Shannon Hembree is the co-founder of Mamas Against Drama. She is the mom of a kindergartner and twin toddlers. You can follow her on twitter @shannon1hembree.
That I won’t be here? We hope to be overseas by November 1st 🙂
Seriously. This is my answer.
(Sound cryptic? It is all explained on Farrah’s blog…)
*Farrah finds sporadic moments to jot down her adventures at The Three Under. Her 3 year old and 15 month old twins are all boys. Someday she will own nice furniture again. Catch up with what she’s dealing with on Twitter as @momofthreeunder and Facebook.
Women’s reproductive health and health care access. It will determine the future of women’s earning potential, political significance and the validity and the presence of our voice in the fight to protect education, families and quality childcare. If you deny women the right to determine the health of their bodies, you deny women rights.
*Wendy writes truthfully about life in New York City with twins plus one at Mama One to Three. She includes many references to wine and coffee. Find her using bad judgment and even worse language on Twitter, @mamaonetothree, and Facebook.
Laura Bedingfield Herakovich
My mantra of late is that if you robo-call me, I will not vote for you. No way, no how. Not even if you promise me the world, because not only am I smart enough to realize that it’s not really the senior Senator from the state of Wherever on the phone, I also know that there’s not a politician out there who can or will keep all his promises. I also take serious issue with all the back-scratching and behind-the-scenes deal-cutting that politicians favor as ways to grease the wheel and get what they want. Thus, my husband and I have joked around that we are not voting for anyone who has an “I” by his or her name–I’d send all incumbents packing. So I guess you could say my main issues are over-zealous campaigning and nepotism.
And taxes. Definitely taxes
*Laura Bedingfield Herakovich is the mother of three rambunctious, yet adorable boys. You can read her personal blog at http://www.jtandtheob.com/
How sad it would it be if I said I didn’t have an issue that was most important to me because all the issues feel hopeless with the leaders we have in place now and the ones from which we have to choose? Of course, if I have to choose, the issue is food safety. Both political parties are in bed with Monsanto, a chemical company that is now responsible for genetically- or chemically-altering most of our food supply in some way. I would love to see a candidate who could rise above that and make real change in the USDA and FDA for the good of all our children. While I wait for that miracle, I will continue my fight to get synthetic petroleum food dyes out of America’s food supply — especially foods purposely marketed to children.
*Brooke Bernard is a mother of two and a freelance editor who blogs here at Mamas Against Drama almost every Wednesday. She can be found trying to tweet @BrookeBBlogs.
It’s too difficult for me to name the one or two issues that are most important – they are ALL important to me. I want to vote for a candidate who listens to others’ opinions and has good judgment.
*Jennifer Griffin is the mother of two very active and very adorable little boys.
That’s all the mamas have to say this week. Check back next Monday for another wacky (and yet profound and insightful…) round of answers from the mamas!