Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

November 3, 2012

Vote Democratic to defeat the GOP’s John Birch agenda

Like gnats, election predictions fill the political air. Politicos work to sway the voter, as sophisticated computer programs are devised to predict election outcomes.

TV commentators let slip over heard gossip and pundits place their bets.

At a time when everything is up for grabs, there is a doubt that will not go away. The Democrats could lose the presidency.

With a commitment to repeat the Bush years of inane economic plans, unbridled federal spending, and unrestricted corporate and financial activity, Romney and Ryan continually prove they are a danger to the positive social and economic strides of the last 70 years.

Sadly, they represent additional issues that directly affect the basic rights of all citizens. Under the guise of voter fraud, the Republicans brazenly attempt to rig state and local elections. Congress is stymied by mindless TParty inaction.

With Taliban-like strategy, Christian extremists work to impose religious tenets into State and Federal law. The Republican Platform endorses a small non-intrusive government until reproductive and women’s health issues are raised.

A secreted video tape shows that only a select few, certainly not “the 47 percent”, gain Romney’s confidence and can share his true “class warfare” vision. With political vengeance, Republican Sen. Darrel Issa publicly releases the Libyan papers. His irresponsible “gotcha politics” jeopardizes the lives of hundreds of agents/collaborators and compromises government intelligence in that region.

This is the new and improved version of a right wing America. It is the vestige of Richard Nixon’s Southern Strategy that gave credence to such nonsense. A Georgian once said to me, “In Georgia, the period of calm since the civil war is known the interim peace.” I see what he meant as the interim gives way to this new southern strategy.

There is a singular reason to vote Democratic. Health care, federal spending, National debt, and women’s issues are all important concerns. Yet, nothing is more critical than defeating the rise of a corporate sponsored religious extremist John Birch agenda.

Robert Llewellyn

Cumberland

 

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