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Letter to the Editor: Re-elect Obama, pressure him to pursue progressive agenda


Why Barack Obama? First let me suggest the need for a large dose of pragmatism here. Despite the understandable disgust with the state of politics in this country and the equally understandable urge to not vote or cast a protest vote for a third party candidate, come election night it will be Obama or Romney who will be elected. To believe otherwise is simply wishful thinking. It behooves you to vote for the candidate who will most likely enact policies that are in your best interest .

Obama's record is not as rosy as his supporters would have you believe nor are they so disastrous as detractors claim. On the positive side: health care; financial reform to reign in the excesses of Wall Street; student loan reform; repeal of "don't ask don't tell;" the Liliy Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; a mini dream act that prevents immigrant youths from deportation; got Bin Laden; and the end of the war in Iraq.

On the downside, health and regulatory bills are not as strong as we would like; failure to hold Wall Street accountable for crashing the economy; failure to help homeowners facing foreclosure; failure to enact climate change ; failure to end Bush tax cuts for the wealthy; and failure to deal with the radical policies of the political right.

On the other side we are faced with the most radical movement in modern history that is dedicated to roll back the progressive gains of the 20th century. If elected, there will be a ruthless effort to end women's rights; privatize or eliminate Social Security, Medicare; end Medicaid; close Planned Parenthood; deny basic rights of workers to organize and eliminate collective bargaining. This agenda is reflected in Paul Ryan's proposed budget that borders on Social Darwinism - survival of the fittest.

It is important that we re-elect Obama and apply relentless pressure to pursue a true progressive agenda that will create jobs, protect Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, end tax cuts for the wealthy, pass immigration reform, protect our environment, protect women's rights and enact legislation to get money out of politics.

Gene Rigelon, Front Royal


As usual Mr. Rigelon you have clearly presented the case. Obama is not perfect, but he's all we've got. It is scary to watch this Republican party's quest for POWER! They have an agenda and it's not about putting Americans back to work.

And you are correct, this is no time for a "protest" vote or a third party candidate. Let's all remember Ralph Nader's attempt (I have a lot of respect for that man) to run as an independent: it certainly helped throw the election the WRONG way!

Those of us who realize our county has become a greedy, corporate controlled nation know the road ahead will not be easy, but we must re-elect Obama and start raising some hell for change.

"Those of us who realize our country has become a greedy, corporate controlled nation know the road ahead will not be easy, but we must re-elect Obama and start raising some hell for change".

(corrected typo)

Left-wing, right-wing, liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans. Rich, powerful men have served their own interests while controlling the course of this nation for more than 200 years
so what makes it a bad thing if a wealthy man is elected president.
Martha Stewart went to prison for the same thing members of the House and Senate have contiued to do. Making thousands and even millions of dollars from inside information. Profiting from the knowledge of legislation they will be voting on while the opportunity exists.
In general, Americans are lazy at politics. Standing idly by while elected so-called represenatatives fleece the tax payer for everything he or she have worked hard for.
A president who believes the government made any private enterprise a success didn't spend sleepless nights wondering if he would lose everything if it failed. He didn't pay the bills or feed, clothe and educate the children. Except for the ones who refuse to work and try to make a life of depending on government handouts (thank you Mr., Mrs. or Miss Taxpayer) and pertepuate that lifestyle.
I am confident that more people who vote Republican work for a living. Not just the wealthy but hard working family men and women.
I am equally as confident that more people who vote Democrat depend on government assistance in some form. I'm not saying all so don't get your knickers in a twist. Their are an abundance of wealthy Democrats in the nation, too. This is not an election between the haves the have nots and we don't need to take up arms against one another as our ancestors did 150 years ago.

The irony here is that it's progressivism that is bankrupting this country. The irony is it was not liberalism that created and grew this great country. What price individual liberty, private property rights and the freedom to create prosperity and wealth by your own abilities and talents? I miss the Democratic Party that I grew up in that espoused "ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country". B. Obama's agenda of "fundamental change" and "forward" is clearly the other way around and about empowering the state over the individual. I understand now what another great patriot meant when he said "give me liberty or give me death".

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