EDITOR: I am a lifelong liberal and Democrat. Last presidential election I did not like the inexperience of the Democratic candidate, Obama. So I was thinking that I might vote for John McCain — very experienced, a hero even, and definitely a thoughtful man. Then the Republicans added Sarah Palin to the ticket and I backed away from even thinking about voting for McCain. I also thought that maybe the Republicans did not want to win the election, with the economy showing all signs of tanking in the worst way since the Depression.
This time around, I’m not really thinking about anything but re-electing Obama, who is now experienced. I place very little blame on his administration for the existence of the current economy, and I believe that he has the best plans for moving forward, rather than downward. I think that the U.S., having spent the years since Reagan was elected eliminating all of the reforms made to clean up after the Great Depression, is reaping what was sown in the economy. Wall Street traders used the acronym: IBGYBG, “I’ll be gone, you’ll be gone,” to be comfortable with their practices.
But I am convinced that the Republicans actually do want to lose the election this time around. Newt Gingrich? A ghost from the 90s, right? Santorum, a very admirable young man with some deep convictions, none of which match my deeply held convictions. These two started me wondering about the Republicans again. And now, Mitt Romney, one of the “1 percent,” says that he will “get rid of” Planned Parenthood. And his advisor said that Romney could change his stance like an Etch-a-Sketch. Well, that last one is the simple truth about any candidate.
I thought that we decided about the separation of church and state in the 1700s, and freedom of choice was worked out in the last few decades, and now the Republicans are running these guys? Come on now, they are kidding, aren’t they?