The Right Wing is Destroying the United States of America

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In the not too distant past, lighthouses were the beacons for those traveling on troubled waters. When a ship’s captain and crew saw the warming light of a lighthouse, through the misty fog and torrential downpours, they knew felt assured that safe harbor was not far away. In other words, captain and crew were given hope, when it seemed at times hope was beyond their grasp.

A LIGHTHOUSE OF HOPE

President Abraham Lincoln was the first lighthouse of the Republican Party. He provided guidance to a sinking nation. “Honest Abe” had an honorable vision for this country and literally and figuratively brought this nation to its knees, with a vision that we could all stand tall again. He was a president who saw people as humans and not some as commodities, who were bought, sold or traded. The hills, valleys, pastures and streams of this country were red with the bloodshed in a hard fought battle to end slavery. President Lincoln showed honor and courage as a Republican and he transformed the course of moral acceptance which sanctioned man’s inhumanity to man. Unfortunately, I don’t think the Republican or Tea Party members would have anything to do with this historic first Republican president sailing on the political seas of 2015.

Calvin Coolidge, a Republican, became the 30th president of the United States of America in 1923 and he held that position until 1929. He garnered favor with his party because of his strong dislike for unions, being a conservative, favoring business (although he offered no assistance to farmers), small government, a belief system that involved tax breaks for the wealthy, reduced estate taxes, and isolationism. Thus, the “trickle-down” theory of economics was born and this flawed Republican ideology continues to this day. Calvin Coolidge stepped down from office and in 1929 until 1933 Republican Herbert Hoover took over the helm as President.

As it turns out, President Hoover was the unlucky guy to follow Coolidge’s failed laissez-faire policies. Unfortunately, within just a few months into his presidency, the United States experienced the Wall Street Crash of 1929. America had fallen into the depths of the Great Depression, with over 25 million people unemployed and over 2 million people homeless. By the 1930s over 9,000 banks had failed and because bank deposits weren’t insured. People witnessed their entire savings evaporate. Subsequently, Americans lost their homes. Finally, there was the Dust Bowl which occurred along the Mississippi Valley, leaving millions of acres of farmland in ruination. Hundreds of thousands of people were being forced to leave their homes. In major cities, those who had lost their stocks, money, jobs and houses erected shanty towns, known as “Hoovervilles.” Soup kitchens sprung up like dandelions in springtime and the food served was as “Hoover Stew.” Additionally, automobiles in disrepair were being pulled by mules and labeled “Hoover Wagons.” Seeking survival, many people called cooked rabbit “Hoover Hogs.” A “Hoover Blanket” was a person covering up with old newspapers. Needless to say, Hoover was not elected to serve a second term.

Even before Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt took over the White House, he had made a pledge for a “New Deal” for the American people. FDR whirled around the country like a tornado…blowing down the old buildings of conservative thinking and rebuilding America almost from the ground up. Instead of focusing on the elite, he vowed to help the “forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.” Within the first 100 days of office, President Roosevelt took aggressive and progressive moves to reform and relieve the U.S. from the economic collapse that had happened under Republican rule. In these initial 100 days there were the enactments of the Emergency Banking Act, the Economy Act, the Tennessee Valley Authority, he legalized and taxed beer and wine through the Beer-Wine Revenue Act, he put 3 million young men to work under the Civilian Conservation Act, the Federal Emergency Relief Act was formed, he tightened regulations on the securities business through the Federal Securities Act, and established the Agricultural Adjustment Act. The following 100 days were just as ambitious. During that period of time the country saw the enactment of the Farm Credit Act, the creation of the U.S. Employment Service through the National Employment System Act, the Emergency Railroad Transportation Act, the Farm Credit Act, the Homeowners Refinancing Act, and the creation of the Federal Bank Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), along with making many reforms in the banking industry through the Glass-Steagall Banking Act. FDR served two (2) terms as president and also instituted the Social Security Act. His accomplishments are too many to list in this article. FDR creatively devised one way to pay for much of these changes through higher taxes on the wealthy and lo and behold, America recovered. Apparently, taxing the rich doesn’t stop economic growth or businesses from expanding. Huh, who would have figured?

From 1981 to 1989 the GOP idol, Ronald Reagan served as president and introduced us to “Reaganomics,” which focused on lower taxes, supply-side economics, and a reduction in government spending. We now had another conservative occupying the Oval Office and again the country was reintroduced to a laissez-faire philosophy of governing. Of course, you can’t be a good republican without being a union buster and Reagan did just that when he fired all of the Air Traffic Controllers who were on strike. Given the current climate of the hard line right wing, neoconservative/Tea Party Republicans and especially “Mr. Pledge” himself, none other than Grover Norquist, President Reagan would not qualify for their endorsement. For you see, much to the chagrin of these well-intentioned folks (a cough, cough) Reagan found out soon enough his ideas really didn’t work and he raised taxes ten (10) times during his presidency. Yet, the Tea Party/Republican Party would be proud of Ronnie’s attempt, while governor of California to ban gays, lesbians, and those who supported LGBT rights from employment in any of the public schools. When Democratic President Jimmy Carter left office in 1981 the National Debt was $900 billion. When “Mr. Reaganomics” term in office ended in 1988, the fallacy of his ideology was all too present when he left us with a National Debt of $2.6 trillion…more than twice what every single president in 200 years…from Washington to Carter…had accumulated. By the time President George Bush #1 left office in 1993 the National Debt was now at $4 trillion. Thankfully, just like FDR, President Bill Clinton brought along progressive ideas and when he left office this country no longer had a deficit, but instead had a national surplus of $127 billion. However, by the time George W. Bush departed the presidency he had erased the surplus and instead replaced it with a $10 trillion + deficit.

So here we are in another election cycle and you would think based on past performances and flunking out miserably on economic issues the GOP would adopt a different philosophy. Oh, no…that’s not happening with them, by golly. Instead, the republicans are rehashing the same rhetoric of yore…with tax cuts for the rich, deregulation of businesses, less regulation on banking, eliminating social programs for the middle class and poor, trying to get rid of Medicare and Social Security, attacking education, higher education, teachers, loathing everything and anything union, not recognizing gays or lesbians, declaring war on women’s rights, calling anyone who wants health care for all a socialist, profiling anyone who isn’t Caucasian, drill baby drill, humans have not caused climate change, only the wealthy are responsible for making jobs, corporations are people and they utilize tax cuts to hire more employees, science is opinion, racism doesn’t exist, the government doesn’t create jobs, the majority of welfare recipients are either drug addicts or drug pushers, a free market answers almost everything, buy more guns, don’t separate church from state, as long as it is a Christian church and finally, attack all media outlets except of course Fox News.

So when you are deciding which way to vote, remember one party has a track record of fear and failure and as of March 30, 2012, under President Obama, the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard and Poor’s 500 posted the biggest 1st quarter gain in 14 years. I’ll go with the winner, thank you.

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Janbird 4 years ago from Northern England

Passionate and very well researched, Dennis. As far as I'm concerned Ronald Reagan can never be forgiven for presiding over the HIV/AIDS crisis - had that been young American girls dying in droves and not gay men, no stone would have been left unturned and no dollar spared in finding a cure in his first term. Six years from it appearing in the press to mentioning it in a policy speech. Six years and thousands of deaths.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

You are correct Jan. In 1983 I handled disability claims and AIDS was as foreign as speaking Martian. Reagan's policies failed...his philosophy failed...and he failed as a president in my opinion!


HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Great Hub, Pagesvoice. I totally agree with you. We need to vote the GOP and those Tea Party clowns out in November.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you for stopping by and reading my rather long article. I must confess, I get a tad "fired up" when I hear the right wing talk about their virtues, while taking away the rights of everyone else and ruining our economy in the process.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Dennis - as always - detailed, factual, and laid out in such a way that the reader is helplessly hooked! You actually make politics interesting. I must be dumb or something because i cannot for the life of me figure out how any female, or male who cares about females, or gay, lesbian, poor, black, small business owner, teacher, sick person, old person, SMART person..ETC - would ever vote for these clowns! They've gotten WAY worse since Reagan - they don't even try to hide how anti-everything they are - how elitist. HOW much do you owe Tiffanys? How many caddy's does wifey drive?? It's incredible that there are more than oh, say - ONE PERCENT voting for them. That is the ones that aren't gay, female, sick, that is! pantpantpant...need tequila lol


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thanks for sharing your feelings with me on this article Ms L. I get so darn frustrated in trying to reason with some of my right wing friends...actually, some are relatives...so I can't avoid them. LOL There are those in this society that feel "I've got mine and to hell with you." Of course those comments are made on their way to or from their Christian churches. Also, how can anyone vote for Romney when the man is applying for the most patriotic position and yet feels our country isn't good enough for his money and he keeps it in off shore accounts? That's not very presidential to me. These, in fact, are extremely frustrating times.


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mperrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

Great article that I am going to bookmark so that I have facts to back me up when I argue these points with Republicans. Very well written and researched.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you for reading this rather long article and for you reply. I am flattered that you would want to use this as a point of reference. It seems as though there are elements in this country that want things to be regressive, rather than progressive. A good example is all of the influence and money the Koch brothers keep throwing into the already polluted waters of politics. I find it all very disturbing.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Disturbing...that's one word...I tend to use less...PC words, myself...lol..xx


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A K Turner 4 years ago from West Yorkshire

joined Hub pages so I can actually comment now! Good stuff, you have obviously done your research, although we have to remember that Obama has been printing money, buying up dodgy debt and so on. He is still my favorite though. It's interesting getting a view on the politics and history from your side of the fence. The document appears sound, although we must recognise that the deficit continues to grow under Obama. There is no such thing as a free Lunch, and America will have to pay eventually.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

First, let me say "Welcome" to Hub pages. We are certainly a diverse group and we do have a lot of opinions. Secondly, thank you for not only reading my article but also for leaving your comment. I do understand how the deficit continues to grow and that is disturbing. The less we have to do with China the better...in my book anyway. I'm reminded of the old adage that you have to spend money in order to make money. With that in mind, if the republicans would let Obama put through a minor "New Deal" package, focusing on our infrastructure, i.e., roads, bridges, rail, etc., then we would see the creation of astronomical new jobs, thereby adding to the tax base and subsequently reducing the debt. Unfortunately the GOP and Tea Party only think that reducing debt comes from less government and tax breaks for business and the wealthy...which history has been proven wrong, over and over again. So, we have a stalemate of sorts and the debt continues to grow.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I learned so much from your article. Thank you. How any woman could vote for a republican is a mystery to me, even the poor will vote Rep., believing they are Godly. The crurch teaches that Gays are sinful, unions are bad, a women's right to choose is ungodly, etc..My Mother was a faithful Republican because of Abraham Lincoln's fight to free the slaves. She would be sick today, and i am sure she would change parties. Thank you so much. We need people like you to write the truth and to back it up with facts...


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ always exploring - Thank you for reading and commenting on my story. Things keep getting worse and worse as far as the right wing goes. Now, just today, all 5 Republican Supreme Court justices say it is okay for law enforcement to strip search anyone for any minor offense. Essentially it means if you have a 16 year old daughter or a 76 year old grandmother and they have been stopped for a minor violation any police agency in the country can now strip search them. Disgusting is the only way I can describe this latest assault on women's rights.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

Well said and oh so true. You stated facts that can't be denied. Very informative and intelligent hub. Vote way way up


Terri Waddinton 4 years ago

one word. EXCELLENT


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

I appreciate you stopping by and leaving your comment. I tried to break things down in a simple chronological order which would be easy to follow. However, I know the hardliners will still find fault with facts and figures.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thanks Terri...I thought you may like this one.


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Gemini Fox 4 years ago

Wow, thank you for this hub! Voted up and shared!

I knew a little about what FDR did and a little about what Reagan did (undid?) but you pulled this all together in such an understandable way. I was going to write a hub about this topic but title it in a much less 'pc' way: "Who Needs Terrorists to Destroy America When We Have the Republican Party?", "Terrorists Fired; Republicans Hired" . . .

Why they have so many lemmings following them is beyond me. "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it," - Sir Winston Churchill. Yeah, but how do you teach a lemming?


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you Gemini Fox for reading my rather long Hub and for your kind words. If people would just look at history, along with the facts and information out there, then I really don't know how they could vote for a right wing, neoconservative, Tea party republican. Now, as far as your title goes...wow...that will certainly be an attention getter. LOL I like Churchill's quote and I like FDR's as well..."The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself."


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Well stated, and a good reminder why I've been a card-carrying Democrat all of my life (or at least since I was old enough to carry a card).


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you Deborah for you review. Maybe I sound like a broken record, but seriously I have no idea whatsoever $6 why people with a clear mind and an awareness of historical facts would still vote republican. Why would people want to support the GOP that attacks women's rights, wants to gut Social Security and Medicare and yet continue to give tax breaks to the wealthy? There simply isn't even any logic in that. These are indeed very frustrating times we live in.


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Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Bravo PV:

You said: When “Mr. Reaganomics” term in office ended in 1988, the fallacy of his ideology was all to present when he left us with a National Debt of $2.6 trillion…more than twice what every single president in 200 years…from Washington to Carter…had accumulated.

Don't hear much from today's GOP about this tarnish on the white knights armor.

The GOP is for the wealthy and powerful only, they cloak that will all of these sideline social issues to destract the mentally deficient. The plutocrat is a distinct minority so they must use subtlefuge to get those to vote against their best interests.

When we decline into a serf/lord society, and the very annihilation of working people having righrs disappear only then will they be satisfied. We must annihilate them at the polls next November, if we are to retain any sense of economic parity for the working people of this land.

Again well written thanks, Cred2


Charlie C. 4 years ago

Dennis you are the voice crying out in the wilderness. Your research and knowledge are unsurpassed. I can only hope and pray that the voters remember the obstructionists in congress who feel "to hell with the country. We have to make the President look bad".


Sophia Angelique 4 years ago

Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher can be blamed for destroying world economy and for taking down systems that served the people.


Sophia Angelique 4 years ago

I have taken the liberty of linking two of your articles to my article below:

http://sophia-angelique.hubpages.com/hub/Why-Obama...

As I get a lot of Google traffic for it, you might see an increase in your traffic.


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Xenonlit 4 years ago

This was one of the best summaries of the right wing takeover of America so far. Cheers!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

I cannot begin to thank you enough Sophia for linking my story. I must confess, I am a complete failure at SEO, so any help I can get is appreciated. However, at the core of all of this is how very wrong things are in this country today and how we desperately need women to rein things back in to where they should be.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you my friend for reading and commenting. I have said this in many places, but it needs repeating. WE NEED WOMEN to take this country back to where is should be in a progressive world.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

I apologize for missing your comment and not replying to you sooner. First of all, thank you for taking time out of your day to leave such a detailed response. Secondly, the GOP/Tea Party is throwing us back into the Dark Ages and with the help of American women we need to reverse this trend. Thank you again.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

As always Charlie thank you for your kind feedback. Yup, that's me...a call in the wild. LOL


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kkingcrabb 4 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

Well researched, but extremely biased. There have been way more than enough liberal bone head mistakes made by democrats in this country to match what the Republicans have done. Right or Left they are all politicians and they cannot be trusted and must be monitored and watched. If people would due some research and vote intelligently in every election this country would be a better place. Don't get your news from one source and listen carefully to opposing views instead of saying it's bad because your party did't think of it first. Partisan politics and propaganda like this hub are what stirs up partisanship and fighting between Democrat and Republican, Right and Left wingers. When are we all going to remember we are Americans first, party affiliation comes 2nd and if what your party is doing is bad for America then instead of blindly voting for who they tell you to vote for take a stand and speak up. Time to stop electing Democrats and Republicans and start electing Americans! RON PAUL should be president in 2012 but the media made sure he never stood a chance.

http://hubpages.com/politics/Ron-Paul-The-Man-Who-... or http://hubpages.com/politics/Obama-or-Romney


fade2bellz 4 years ago

Things I hear here in Church of God country: Democrats kill babies, everything that goes wrong on a Republicans watch is the Democrats fault, and God hates gays. It is nice to know that someone out there has a brain. Great read!


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

Franklin almost destroyed this country! Had it not been for a world war there is no telling where we would be today! To simply dismiss trickle down economics and conservative thinking on finance is absurd! Reagononmics did more for this country than any president in the past 50 years! Why would anyone believe that liberal ideology is the answer when it always leads to failure! Big government destroys and never builds! How can you look at the green energy jobs, stimulus, health care or any other blunder Obama created without getting sick to your stomach! Individuals with dreams, ambition, desire, along with a strong work ethic built this country! No president except those that got government out of our way ever did anything positive for the people! Middle class income has dropped by $2500 a year under Obama!..............Time for change to the days of yesteryear!

Yes the stock market is rebounding! But you cannot name one thing Obama did to restart it! Americans are tough! They have an inner desire to succeed! This will not last if health care is passed! We now have the highest corporate tax rate in the world! Obama is trying to destroy the only companies left that are doing well! That would be big oil! Ever notice liberals punish success and prop up failure!

Look at California and New York, two largest liberal run states in the union and the two largest failures! If liberalism creates such a utopia why are they failures? Why is the post office failing while Fedex and UPS making money! I can go on for hours! Do not fall for this garbage! Do not take the stock market at face value and believe all is well in the world! Simply look and study everything a liberal Democrat touches and you will vote Republican!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

Hoover was anything but a laisse-fair president, he was a progressive Republican. He was behind the disastrous Smoot-Hawley act of 1931 which raised tariffs in America, he pressured businesses to keep wages higher for employees, he doubled taxes on the job creators so that they sat on their cash and didn't invest! He believed in the social engineering that the liberals now advocate, it is true that this appears to be in conflict with his promotion of individualism but he only hoped that people would decide for themselves to do what government planned for society.


Nonala Gauche 4 years ago from Norman, Oklahoma

Franklin Roosevelt did not end the Great Depression. Unfortunately, Adolf Hitler and the Japanese Empire get credit for that. Producing weapons, first for the British and Russians, and then for our own military is what put Americans back to work and ended the depression. Fighting a war against the Nazis and Japanese is what put many women and blacks into the work force for the first time. Roosevelt was a great war-time president. However, his greatest accomplishment before the war was getting re-elected when his policies weren't working.


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kkingcrabb 4 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

I didn't notice before but this hub is full of falsified information and I don't think you did as much research as you claim and you wrote this off the top of your head without fact checking.

FDR served 3 full terms and was elected to a 4th and died during his 4th term. I wonder if I did some research how much more of your hub would be proven to be more useless propaganda motivated by your political stance to stir up partisanship and keep our governtment at each other's throats. This type of thinking is why we are in such bad shape today.

For example, this guy doesn't want this law because it came from the other party even though it would save millions of lives. If we don't stop bickering over right and left, or democrat and republican we are doomed to be stuck in this quagmire of failed policies and government shut downs.

You have once again proven that people will use any information even if it is wrong to brainwash people into their way of thinking.Just another example of Obama type tactics, bashing the opposition with inflated numbers and false facts.


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

I don't know who this kkingcrab guy is but I like him!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Let’s start this answer off by addressing the name calling, i.e., “Way more enough liberal bone head mistakes made by democrats in this country to match what the Republicans have done.” Subliminally you capitalized Republican, but not Democrat. I note what an interesting observation into your psyche this is. Exactly where do you do your research? You go on to make a comment and I quote, “”Don’t get your news from one source and listen carefully to opposing views instead of saying it’s bad because your party didn’t think of it first.” That statement in and of itself is extremely presumptive considering I read several printed papers daily, numerous online news sources, including the BBC and watch CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and even Fox news, along with listening to several radio pundits.

Propaganda should never be confused with fact and history and I think you have blurred your own vision in the comment you made. You claim that a Hub like mine stirs up partisan fighting. Why? Is that what you perceive because you don’t agree? Certainly, as an American, living in a free country I am entitled to my opinion just as you are to your own. You go on to state, in part, “When are we going to remember we are Americans first?” Well, one thing I never need be reminded of is being an American. I am the product of being an Army brat with a father who served in combat during WW II and re-enlisted during Korea. My dad is buried in a veteran’s cemetery. Furthermore, I joke the only lottery I ever won was the draft of 1970 for Vietnam. Additionally, I have worn the uniform of a Deputy Sheriff thereby protecting everyone’s rights. So…”NO” I NEVER need be reminded I’m an American!

I will agree that both the Republican and Democratic parties are flawed. However, I am extremely disturbed by the message being sent from the Tea Party. Also, you are 100% correct about FDR serving 3 full terms in office. That was a typographical error on my part and even though I proofed this numerous times, for some reason I missed that mistake. Oh well, to err is human and some of us are more human than others. By the way, in your first comment, you wrote “Due” and in the context it was used should have been “Do.” See, how easy errors happen.

Exactly how have I proven people will use any information even if it is wrong to brainwash people? Your closing statement says, “Just another example of Obama type tactics, bashing the opposition with inflated numbers and false facts.” That comment alone makes me wonder exactly how open minded an American you are regarding in partisan politics and if you only get your news from one source.

What I find most disturbing in today’s current climate of politics is the “you’re either with me or against me” mentality and while many things are wrong in this country the good far outweighs the negative. I don’t fly flags with squirrels, bunnies, sickles or hammers…but I do proudly fly my American flag because I am a proud American. Thank you for your comments, even if we do disagree philosophically.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. I'm fearful of this country going in reverse rather than forward and we are shedding more of our personal rights every day.It is time we put our foot down and say no more of this regressive and failed thinking.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I am quite sure that American Romance listens to Rush Limbaugh for his morning news. That is hysterically funny. Keep writing the truth. There is not a woman who will vote Republican. Sweet victory is coming. Then we will see real leadership when the wright wing is voted out and the President can fulfill his promised agenda with untied hands. The people see what happened when they voted in Wisconsin. We the people are wide awake and will make no more mistakes. Take care...


Sophia Angelique 4 years ago

Yup. The Dems have it. I find it bizarre that some believe that the GOP will win. It's improbable. Too many people who realize that GOP economic policies only make crooks, robbers, sociopaths, etc. rich.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thanks for your comment. Re: American Romance, I've had another Hubber already tell me not to bother wasting my time replying to him because it is of no avail. The far right and Tea Party remind me of the movie "A Few Good Men," when Jack Nicholson exclaims, "The truth! You can't handle the truth!" The mantra of the far right and Tea Party should be, "Smoke and mirrors, those Progressives can't handle our smoke and mirrors!" No we can't handle their false truths and half lies and governing via fear over reality. Women really need to stand up and be counted during this next election.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you Sophia. As I mentioned to always exploring all females of voting age need to be united in this election and push back with the very fiber of their being to STOP the regressive and suppressive ideals of a male dominated right wing that is moving this country backwards. Remember, united we stand and divided we fall and it is the archaic thinking of the right that will ultimately ruin this country.


Sophia Angelique 4 years ago

Pagesvoice. I am not an American citizen so I can't vote. Sorry. Am dual South African/German citizen.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest

Pagesvoice - excellent hub. I've never understood the glorification that goes on of Reagan. I never saw that his policies did much other than create the beginning of the snowball effect that has led us to where we are now - corporations as people etc.

It is a scary path we are all on these days with all the rampant corruption. Here's hoping we can pull ourselves out of the nose dive. Excellent hub with great insights into our history. Voted up shared etc.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Enjoyed your hub. I am so sick of hearing the right yammering about how awful it would be to raise taxes on the wealthy, the job creators. Taxes were temporarily lowered 10 years ago, so they would not really be raised. Did the lowering of taxes create lots of jobs? The last time taxes on the upper class was this low was in 1929.


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

Outstanding and well written hub. You've just gained a new follower and I want you to know how happy I am to see people finally standing up for what is correct here on hub pages. Thank you!!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@TIMETRAVELLER2 Thank you for dropping in and leaving your very nice comment. I believe that when we see or hear of wrongdoing it is our responsibility to speak up and correct the errors of the past. Hopefully we won't be repeating what we had prior to 2008.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you so much Dolores Monet for taking the time to read and comment on my article. "Where are the jobs?" That is the question I keep asking of the so called mega wealthy job creators. (cough, cough) There is such a gap between the wealthy and middle class and it continues its upward spiral. Enough already is what I scream! The only class warfare being waged is that of the super rich against the rest of us.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

ChristinS thank you so much for stopping by and not only reading my hub, but commenting as well. You are so right in regard to the scary path we are on. I really don't know how people buy into the Reaganomics thing. We need government to build roads, bridges and our infrastructure. It is so obvious how the right cater to the whims of the rich and neglect/take away from the middle and lower classes. The fight is on for the November elections and I hope we come out victorious.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

Your facts can not be contended because you speak the uncompromised truth. I do think we, the people being served by the government, need to stand up and do more than just vote. Too much is being unattended to because too many people don't stand up and say, "Enough!"

I believe Obama is going to win again. But, I can't say that he has done enough to deserve it. (Don't hit me!) But, he'll win because of passive people not doing anything to make him work for their vote.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@MarleneB Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my article. I appreciate your candid remarks. We can not become complacent because if we do then we are simply complicit in allowing what appears to be backward thinking on the right. It seems as though every other day there is an attack on voter's rights, women's rights, tax the middle class, but don't tax the rich, teachers, unions and education are evils of the left and on and on the list goes. I just don't understand how people can align themselves with that type of thinking.


donnaMhicks 4 years ago

Fantastic hub! Voted up!


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kartika damon 4 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

This hub is so well written and researched - I can't wait to read more...and, of course, you are right on. In a nutshell, you have explained the war on the middle class that began decades ago. The irony is so many people support the policies and politicians that drive them into poverty.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you kartika damon for dropping in and leaving your reply. Every time I say I am going to step back and not be so involved, those on the right do something that shocks me even more than the day before. Romney's camp wants less police, fire and teachers. Anything and everything that represents a decent living for the middle class. They are the ones who have declared class warfare on us. There is no doubt in my mind they want to degrade the teaching profession to a point where they can swoop in like vultures and turn public schools into a private business venture. Education is NOT a for profit business.


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kartika damon 4 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

Exactly right - a war on the middle class. They are happy to be part of ruling class funded by corporations while the rest of Americans work low-paying jobs, cannot afford higher education, and have no access to affordable health care. They've convinced the easily influenced that all institutions should be profit motivated. In fact, they feel entitled to the goodies they feel they have earned - no matter who they had to exploit or what countries they've invaded. Imagine George Bush without family money - picture him fighting to get a minimum wage job - ironic, isn't it?


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junko 4 years ago

Pagesvoice, You did a good job with this hub. Vote up and useful.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@junko - Thank you for your vote and comment...both are much appreciated. I got a real high out of writing this article because I believe in the words I have written.


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KK Trainor 4 years ago from Texas

I don't know who these women are that are convinced that all of us are pro abortion and gay rights but they have another thing coming in November. Many of us are conservative and are totally against abortion, and we certainly don't vote for Democrats and their support of same. We also aren't intimidated by those of you who think that a right to "choose" is something that all women must support. Killing the unborn is wrong and that's that.

I also can't believe that anyone still believes that FDR saved our nation with his ridiculous social programs that have burdened us with insurmountable and unending debt that will never be paid down. Health care wouldn't even be as expensive as it is without Medicare and its inflated pricing. Don't tell me that George W. is the problem here, it's those Americans who live off of the system and refuse to contribute. My liberal family members are perfect examples of taking everything they can get and not feeling a bit of guilt about it, even though we're the ones paying for it!

Unions? Holy cow, how can you still think that unions have a place in our economy or society? They do nothing but destroy business! At one time they had their place, but those days are in the past. Workers who demand more for the same work are simply driving businesses away from America. And you wonder why companies outsource!?! It's called competition and profit, that's what business owners owe their shareholders and officers after all. If they can't make enough profit here they will simply go where they can. And making them pay for more expensive health care for every employee will only make this problem worse.

Good grief.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ KK Trainor - Thank you for at least taking the time to read my Hub and your quite extensive response. It is obvious that we are polar opposites when it comes to political philosophy and ideologies. You most certainly will not change my views and I definitely will not change yours. Freedom of speech and ideas are what makes this country great. I am always amazed how the neoconservative Christian right loathe abortion and yet many do not hold the same value of life for everyone receiving equal medical care and treatment, how they despise gay and lesbians, will eagerly advocate for capital punishment, even if the prisoner is legally mentally retarded and how they want to impose their will over the majority of citizens. Unions built this country and a has been actor, i.e., Ronnie R. tore it down with flawed thoughts of trickle down economics. See...this is why I stated above how we will not change each other in the way we view things.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ KK Trainor - Thank you for at least taking the time to read my Hub and you're quite extensive response. It is obvious that we are polar opposites when it comes to political philosophy and ideologies. You most certainly will not change my views and I definitely will not change yours. Freedom of speech and ideas are what makes this country great. I am always amazed how the neoconservative Christian right loathe abortion and yet many do not hold the same value of life for everyone receiving equal medical care and treatment, how they despise gay and lesbians, will eagerly advocate for capital punishment, even if the prisoner is legally mentally retarded and how they want to impose their will over the majority of citizens. Unions built this country and a has been actor, i.e., Ronnie R. tore it down with flawed thoughts of trickle down economics. See...this is why I stated above how we will not change each other in the way we view things.

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