It has been written that the Presidential election this year will feature the most ideologically polarized election since the race in 1980 between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. But as Jeb Bush so aptly stated, President Reagan wouldn’t make it with the current bosses who control the GOP. Those who control the Republican Party, backed by big-money interests, have put the party under the tight fist of the radial right. Those men will do great damage to America if the GOP is able to take control in Washington next year. This is a threat that I believe should concern the overwhelming majority of Americans. Once folks figure out who is controlling Gov. Romney – financing and running his campaign – I am convinced they will reject him.
But no one should discount the potential destructiveness of a victory by Mitt Romney. It definitely could happen because of the massive SuperPAC spending on his behalf. The widespread media assumption that the Robotic Romney is really a “Massachusetts moderate” who adopted extreme positions to placate the Republican bosses would be irrelevant even if it were true. A Romney victory would most certainly be accompanied by GOP control of all three branches of government, with the party’s right-wing majority in the House driving the agenda. Grover Norquist, who is sort of like the GOP’s version of the Wizard of Oz, made this statement related to the party’s nominee:
We are not auditioning for fearless leader…. We just need a president to sign this stuff.
That pretty well tells me that it doesn’t really matter who the GOP nominee is. The Koch brothers, Norquist and Karl Rove will even take Gov. Romney as their nominee, a man they wouldn’t really want – that is, if his record made any difference. But clearly it doesn’t. The “stuff” they would pass—already endorsed by Gov. Romney—includes repeal of the modest reforms enacted over the past few years:
• rules to police corporations after the Enron scandal and banks after the financial collapse;
• repeal of healthcare reform, stripping some 30 million people of coverage;
• budget cuts that would gut almost all domestic functions of the government, from education to child nutrition to safeguarding clean air and water; and
• an end to Medicare and Medicaid as we know these programs.
If Gov. Romney is elected, those making over $1 million a year would receive an average tax break of $250,000 under his plan. A Romney victory would also allow the Republican extreme right to roll back social progress, constrict voting rights, continue to destroy the middle-class and exacerbate racial divides. We would see the offensive against labor and workers’ rights get even meaner and the restriction of workers’ rights curtailed even more. Corporate America would be rid of any semblance of effective regulation, resulting in manufacturers of products and drugs being able to completely ignore safety and health concerns. That would mean more defective products and more dangerous drugs getting to the market. I don’t believe any of this would be good for America by any stretch of the imagination.
President Obama has fought the extreme right’s proposals, arguing long and hard for public initiatives to save the middle class and to revive the American dream. He has made equality with fairness and justice for all a central theme of his campaign for reelection. But the President has made it clear that he will defend needed tax hikes on the wealthy and will attempt to make Corporate America pay its fair share of taxes. He will make investments in areas vital to our future – from education to new energy – an absolute necessity for the American people. The leadership of the National Republican Party set out on the very day Obama was elected to make sure he was a one-term President. Since that day they have opposed the President on every single thing he attempted to do for the American people.
We will now experience the most expensive election in our history for the highest office in the land. I only hope that middle-class citizens fully realize that which is at stake for them and become fully engaged in the campaign for the candidate of their choice. If they support a candidate and vote according to what’s in their best interest, their candidate surely won’t be named “Mitt.” The future of our democracy depends on the middle-class picking the right man. There is no room for error this time!
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