Okay here’s the deal, these are the choices you have this election year. On the one hand. you have candidates who believe women should still be kept chattels and not allowed any say whatsoever as to their health and welfare. You have candidates who would instead of fixing what’s wrong with our educational system, strip away our nation’s child labor laws and put kids back to work at 8 or 9 years cleaning the schools they should be attending and learning from.
You have candidates who would deny workers both public and private the right to bargain collectively. Who would strip them of not only their rights, but their benefits and lower their wages in the process. Essentially creating a workforce more reminiscent of the 19th Century than of the 21st Century. They would deny some of our most important and necessary professionals, i.e.., teachers, police, fire fighters, letter carriers the right to join a union, thereby ensuring that they would have to go back to them ‘good ole days’ of collective begging.
These same candidates would strip our seniors of the buffer created by social security and Medicare and let them fend for themselves in the market place that we all know is stacked towards the rich and uber-rich and the corporate world. Social Security and Medicare has allowed millions upon millions of our elderly to lead long and productive lives well into their 80’s and 90’s and even beyond. But, these candidates are having none of that.
These same candidates would deny health care to the most vulnerable members of our society, simply because they are poor and disadvantaged. And yet they prattle on about ‘family values’ and building a future for all America. What kind of America do they envision?
A very scary one. One in which no one could be gay. They want to push some of our most caring and productive citizens back into the closet and take our nation and the world back to a time when minorities and women were less equal than all of those ‘old white guys’ they so love. Back to a time when a woman’s only way to protect herself from getting pregnant was supposedly by placing an aspirin between her legs. They would deny a woman the right to decide for herself whether or not to have a child created by rape or incest. Their answer to that one is a woman should just grin and bear it!
These candidates want to take us back in time to a time called the ‘good old days’. It was a time that did not exist, except maybe in their own deluded minds. They want to do away with all of the social programs designed to make sure that the least among us are protected. They want to let millions of our children go hungry and put millions more out of a job. In short them want to destroy our socialist Democratic Republic and create a fascist Plutocracy where only the rich would be equal and all of the remaining 99 percent would only receive what they could pay for, which wouldn’t be much, because if these candidates have their way only the upper 1 percent would be protected and they rest of us would have to wait for the wealthy to decide what they wanted to have trickle down to us.
It is not a scenario that bodes well for America and its citizens. If we want to end corporate welfare and tax cuts for the rich then we need to stand up and say no. To the people fueling these candidates coffers, The America they are seeking does not exist and it never did, but it is up to us, every single us, to make sure that their vision does not come to pass! We can do that if we get out and vote! The right to vote is the most precious right we have, but only if we exercise it. As Franklin Roosevelt said,
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
We do have a clear choice and if you bother to take the time to think about it and listen to what these candidates are saying making the right choice should be easy. We are a socialist nation and have always been so. That is clearly stated in the Preamble of our Constitution, which despite what some like to say, is a part of the Constitution. Without the Preamble our Constitution could not exist.
We should be about making sure that every single citizen has enough. Enough to eat and the chance to have the same opportunity as every other citizen to be all that they can be. That should be true regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, gender or sexual orientation.
As Franklin Roosevelt said,
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.”
Voting is the way we can still make a difference in our lives despite what the 5 Supreme’s did by foisting Citizen’s United upon us! But, we must get out and vote or otherwise we will hand our nation over to forces who would destroy the basic principles on which it was founded!
—– Bob Bearden