I used to be a pro-life voter.
By Becky Wyatt | Gilbert, AZ
My story is that of the traditional American girl next door — student body president of her high school, a student of political science and religious studies in college, and upon graduation entered the world of real estate and became a mother.
I used to be a single-issue voter: pro-life. In college I wrote a paper defending President George W Bush and the war in Iraq/Afghanistan. I watched Fox News; especially Bill O’Reilly. I baptized my kids in the Catholic Church. In 2008 I voted for Senator McCain, not President Obama.
I was a registered Independent, but I am a Democrat now. A hardcore Democrat.
I have come to understand that abortions happen less under democrat policies. I support Maggie’s Place and other organizations that lead with love, instead of judgment.
I still find President Bush endearing. I loathe Bill O’Reilly now. The Catholic Church has betrayed me personally, but the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have not. I voted for President Obama’s second term. I am a proud #NeverTrump-er and believe history will look back at his presidency — and those who supported him — with shame.
This year I am doing more than voting — I am volunteering, donating and doing everything I can to be part of the change I wish to see in this world. I want servant leadership. I want a leader who is a collaborative problem solver. I want a leader who resembles the character traits I try to instill in my kids. I want a giver, not a taker.
President Trump cares only about himself. He is getting in the way of American ideals — acceptance, equality, integrity, compassion. Americans deserve a leader that doesn’t require loyalty tests to further their own power grab.
I use the Girl Scout Law as a guide when I think about our elected officials; perhaps it will help you too.
The Girl Scout Law: I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place and be a sister to every Girl Scout.