Danville & The Presidential Election of 2012
Original post made by American on Sep 12, 2012
I do not know anything about Atherton or Hillsborough(other than they are wealthy communities), but have resided in Danville for almost 15 years, so I feel have a pretty good pulse on what makes up your "normal Danvillian".
First, we tend to be highly educated, value family, community, public safety, and are actively(sometimes too much) involved in our children's activities, whether school, sports, or social events. Very few of us are divorced, and most families have a mom and a dad, who both are involved in raising the children. We are patriotic, love a good fourth of July parade, and fully support our military, and law enforcement, and their families. Most of us are actually doing better than our parents did financially, and we want our children to do even better than we have done. We are optimistic, and believe that if you work hard, play by the rules, you can achieve success. We suffer losses just like anyone else, but we do not blame others for them, and we celebrate when our neighbors succeed, and are not envious of them, or their success.
Finally, we are fiscally conservative and do not live beyond our means. We save for college when our children are born, we save for retirement when we are young, and we carry plenty of insurance, whether auto or life, in case a casaulty strikes. We do not expect the goverment to do much more than provide roads, military, police, courts, schools, etc., and we certainly do not expect the government to take care of us financially.
Looking at the above, I think I understand why Danville voted for Mr.Obama last election. We knew we needed a change, we knew the economy was in trouble, and we were concerned that Mr. McCain was in poor health and that Ms.Palin was not qualified to be Vice President(or truthfully anything else) Mr.Obama also said all the right things, did all the right things during the campaign, and we followed our gut more than our brains.
Four years later, in 2012, I am very confident that Danville will return to the Republican party and vote in favor of Mr. Romney. With his business background, his fiscal conservatism, his view on the government being too big, and his need to cut the deficits and make our country live within our means, is right on point with values we have in Danville. We have also seen Mr.Obama fail to keep most of his promises, and in four years there has truthfully been little to no economic recovery. When he talks about the "Evil 1%" he wants to blame for "not paying their fair share", he is talking about us Danvillians, and we all know, we pay our fair share and more. We take care of our families and our neighbors, we live within our means, and we play by the rules, and value success and hard work. Moreover, the fears we had about Ms.Palin, are seen in Mr. Biden almost every time he opens his mouth.
Danville is not the problem in our country, even though Mr.Obama likes to blame us "1%" people. In fact, if more cities and towns were like the people in Danville, America would be a much better place.
God bless Danville, and God bless America.(and f.y.i., do not mention God in the Democratic platform or Mr. Obama will be upset)
on Sep 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm
I've lived in Danville for over half of my 62 years. I very much like many of your comments about our little town!
I was one of the conservatives who voted Obama, and I may vote for him again. If Romney comes back with some sort of meaningful plan to make sure access to health care is available to all, that my daughter will not go back to being denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition that she was born with, and that includes optional end of life counseling that is covered by Medicare (I work in health care and was appalled at how my own party picked apart that benefit and named it "putting granny out to pasture" - ridiculous!) - then I will reconsider. To be honest, I'm not a Romney fan OR an Obama fan. I'll undoubtedly be voting against someone rather than for someone.
on Sep 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm
Vicki: governor Romney has made it clear that he also favors getting rid of pre-existing condition exclusions, so your daughter would be covered under his plan as well. I agree with you that pre-existing conditions should be covered.
on Sep 13, 2012 at 8:56 am
Thank you for your well-expressed thoughts, American. As a Diablo resident, I can assure you that many, if not most, of our residents agree with everything you have said.
Romney represents the American dream. He worked hard and made his success in business. Obama is a career politician. He decries the success of people like Romney and encourages class warfare, justifying confiscatory tax levels on the basis that the government should get all the credit for anyone's success. He encourages the victim mentality and that one's circumstance is never his or fault, eroding the notion of personal responsibility that has made our country great.
At this point in our nation, we are at a tipping point. Almost as many people are on the government as dole as are not. This election may very well show us which side we will be on for the rest of our history.