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Support’s Obama for reelection

After watching both Republican and Democratic conventions, reading the platforms, and following the shenanigans of the last few months, it is clear that the choices offered in this November election are starkly different.

One party will destroy women’s reproductive/contraceptive rights that have been won over the last two or three decades, including preventive care and choice regarding pregnancies. In state after state where they gained control of the legislature, they have passed numerous restrictive laws and inflicted their “conservative” beliefs on others and sought to control women.

One party will destroy the earned future Medicare and Social Security benefits of citizens younger than 55 to give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, while we are still in a war no less. Why would anyone younger than 55 vote to deprive themselves of guaranteed health benefits in their elder years? Why would any senior citizen vote to destroy for their children the benefit programs they enjoy?

One party proudly introduced democracy to Iraq. Yet they are actively seeking to disenfranchise voters at home with unnecessary voter ID laws, early voting restrictions, and purging voter rolls. Why would one support these scurrilous activities? Every citizen should be encouraged to vote, not discouraged.

One party would cut education spending, and repeal/reduce legislation on our environment and financial industry while insisting on tax breaks for the wealthy.

One party, in state after state, where they gained control of the legislature, campaigned on one thing and then legislated on something else, i.e., union busting, abortion laws, voter restriction laws, etc.

Can we really trust any candidate supported by the Tea Party to do what is right for the population at large?

Finally, do we really want a leader who has openly expressed his willingness to start a land war in Asia, to send our young men and women to die in battle to support his bully mentality?

Do we really want a president whose only goal in life has been to make money and prestige for himself?

For me, the choice is clear already.

D. Rand Hillier


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