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If Republicans win, where are you?

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VotingAt my advanced age, I’m entitled to being a political junkie. Even more so as a military brat and an Army wife of a Vietnam Vet.

I’ve had the opportunity to travel the country over and learn who our people are and how they think and what their cultures are. I remember the Deep South before Civil Rights legislation when the best job an African American person could hope to achieve was as a housekeeper or garbage collector. I remember when mid-west corn fields stretched for miles on end to feeds cows, and when Silicon Valley was acre upon acre of orchards and Seattle was little more than a logging town and home of Boeing.

We are not a homogeneous nation. We are a nation of different cultures, backgrounds, ideas, and thoughts – from the individualistic puritan beliefs of New England to the gentleman farmer of Jefferson’s south to the sturdy dirt farmers of the mid-west and the gold seekers of the west coast. We are all immigrants from every nation on the planet.

So, Democrats, Democratic leaning voters and Independents, I’m going to ask you one simple question: will your life be better if Republicans win the upcoming election?

Is this the economic story you want to be told after the next election?

GOP Pledge to America.

If you’re still not sure why you should vote in this election, read the attached paper.

The Lunatic Fringe — Barry Goldwater and the Conservative Revolution.

The TEA party is the political descendant of the Goldwater movement. Is this the direction you want the country to go? If you’re not convinced that your vote counts, remember a few short years ago when Iraqi Shiites chose to stay home on voting day as a protest? Instead of voting their preference, they stayed home and gave the election to the Sunnis. Did that help their cause? Not bloody likely!

If you don’t vote, the other side wins! And not only do they believe they have won, they believe they have a mandate to change whatever they don’t like and install whatever policies they do like. Will that be in your best interests?

Neither will Democrats and Democratic leaning voters help their cause by staying home in the upcoming election.

Sure you haven’t obtained everything you wanted. But that’s the nature of politics. The nature of compromise. Keep in mind that FDR’s Wall St. reforms weren’t gained all in one piece of legislation. It took years to achieve the reforms that stabilized our financial markets for over 60 years.

So, you have to “stay the course” you believed in (as both Reagan and Bush 2 said) and come back again to fight yet another day to gain a few more strides in your fight for justice and freedom and equality for all Americans.

Remember, too, Paul Ryan’s Road Map for America? This plan is where Republicans will work to lead America. They’ll first take on Medicaid (poor people don’t vote and have no power, so….), then work to change Social Security (invest in another 401k instead – great news for Wall St!) and then begin cutting/changing Medicare to eliminate it (great news for private insurance companies!)…along with eliminating every middle class tax deduction while at the same time eliminating and cutting every tax on the wealthy who already own 55% of the nation’s wealth.

If the current crowd of Republicans assume control of Congress, let alone both Congress and the Presidency, the Gilded Age – those Robber Barons – will be back in spades!

And don’t forget the remarks of Darrell Issa (R-CA), Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member, should Republicans retake the House: “I will use [my authority] to get the very information that today the White House is either shredding or not producing.” In other words, he’s vowed to tie up Congress in one hearing after another, spending billions of tax payer monies on unwarranted, vain investigations when Congress should be focused on fixing our economic competitiveness.

Sorry, I just don’t trust these new crowd of Gingrich Republicans to do what is good for the country, the middle class, our global competitiveness, or the deficit. I’d rather have some of those Republicans of previous generations.

The American people deserve better.


Written by Valerie Curl

October 5, 2010 at 5:49 PM

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  1. Nice thoughtful post.

    I agree with most, but feel the Goldwater movement was, dare I say , more nuanced and culturally libertarian, than today’s Tea Party.

    Again, nice write.



    October 5, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    • Thanks, Doug, but I’m not sure the Goldwater movement really was all that nuanced given all that has been written about it. I suspect it was a harder right, far more conservative movement than most people are aware of…a movement back to the pre-WWI days of isolationism and protectionism as well as a state’s rights movement that no longer fit with a modern global society.

      Valerie Curl

      October 8, 2010 at 8:28 PM

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