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