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WHY NOVEMBER 2012 IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF YOUR LIFETIME

Updated on September 4, 2012
My idea of an appropriate Obama bumper sticker.
My idea of an appropriate Obama bumper sticker.

Let me start out by saying I’ve been involved in politics at one level or another for a LONG time. I’m from a very Democratic state (Rhode Island) but I grew up in a Republican family (my father was an alternate delegate to the 1952 Republican Convention. I have a picture of him with Dwight Eisenhower.) I got interested in politics at a young age - the first conventions I watched on TV were in 1956. By 1964, I was convinced I was a “middle-of-the-road” Republican but then I read “The Conscience of A Conservative” by Barry Goldwater and it made me see things in a whole new way. (I met him once and got his autograph - he was a great guy.) I joined Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) and became a lifetime subscriber to National Review.

So now you know where I’m coming from, as that rather trite expression goes. So you must know as well that I am not a fan of the current administration. Being on one side or the other in an election is obviously no big deal except that this election, I believe, is different. It is not just Republican vs. Democrat, conservative vs. liberal, etc. This election will decide whether America is restored to greatness, or it accelerates the current decline into mediocrity. This election will decide whether America returns to following the Constitution, or continues to ignore it whenever it becomes inconvenient. This election will decide whether America brings itself out of the morass of bloated government, huge deficits, and more and more taxes and regulation, or becomes another, European-style welfare state. And, perhaps most important, this election will decide whether America restores its leadership position in the world, or subordinates itself to the whims of the (useless) United Nations, an organization which has the likes of China, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, and Uganda on its “Human Rights Council.” A few facts:

 In 2008, candidate Barack Obama stated that the debt left by George W. Bush was “un-patriotic” Well, When President Bush took office, the national debt stood at just under $5.8 trillion and it was $10.6 trillion when he left. That’s an increase of $4.8 trillion in eight years. Obama has been president for three years and 2 months and the national debt now stands (as of time of writing) to just under $15.5 trillion. So Obama has increased it by almost 5 trillion dollars in three years. Five trillion. Now who is more “un-patriotic?” Update - it's early September 2012 and we are about to cross the $16 trillion mark - right at the beginning of the Dems convention!

 He promised to “fix” the health care system. We got Obamacare, the virtual government takeover of one-sixth of the economy. How did he do it? Remember the Democrats had both houses of Congress when this monster bill was passed but they still barely got it through. It passed the House of Representatives by a handful of votes and they had to change the rules to get it through the Senate (not to mention virtual bribes to a few moderate Democrats to get them to vote for it). Health care costs have gone up and the worst is yet to come.

 He spent hundreds of billions of dollars on the “stimulus” package which stimulated nothing. It just added to the deficit.

 He went around the world apologizing to world leaders for America’s “missteps” in the past, in essence, apologizing for America defending itself against terrorism.

 He has greatly undermined our support to Israel, our only true ally in the Middle East.

 President Obama did nothing when there was a perfect opportunity to influence events in Iran during the protests against fraudulent elections in that country, which were savagely put down by the Ayatollahs. Now he stand idly by and makes grandiose statements about “not allowing” Iran to have nuclear weapons, but what has he done to stop them?

 He has curtailed religious freedom by forcing religious organizations to help finance practices contrary to their beliefs (and, no, there is no Republican “war against women.” That is a big lie).

 He intends to reduce our nuclear arsenal to about 300 warheads, making our nuclear deterrent a joke. He also gave up our missile defense shield in Eastern Europe at the behest of the Russians and got virtually nothing in return.

 In Iraq, he has announced pulling out our troops even though it is far from certain our mission their has been fulfilled. (Indeed, he has shamefacedly taken credit for the results of the Bush-surge, even though he was adamantly
against it at the time.)

 Oh, he did get Osama bin Laden. But what he did not tell you was the reason we got the guy was mainly because of policies and procedures initiated by his much-maligned predecessor, George W. Bush. (By the way, Mister President, you’ve been in office for over three years. Don’t you think it’s time you assumed responsibility for the mess we’re in?)


I could go on and on but you get the picture. I don’t know if any of the current Republican candidates is the “perfect” replacement for Barack Obama, but they could hardly be any worse. I hope and pray for the sake of the nation that he loses big, and the Republicans retake the Senate and increase their majority in the House.

Many politicians have stated that the future of America depends upon their election but, this time, that’s no joke. It’s for real.

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    • Credence2 profile image

      Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Ok, Alex, I will check out your article

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      AlexDrinkH2O 4 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      @JON EWALL - thanks - you got it right.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 4 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      @Credence2 - conservatism is not a "brand" - it is a political philosophy that I believe in and, God willing, will triumph again after "the people" realize what this election really means. And I'm leaving this article right where it is. I invite you to read my other article "Column Left, March!" Thanks for the comment.

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      AlexDrinkH2O

      The Obama machine, the unions and the mainstream media did a great job of covering up the truth. They helped getting the '' 47%'' minorites, the poor and others to the polls.Those who voted for Obama voted for socialism even though they didn't know it.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u45IETzTqqQ&fe...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-HqHSkYG-Y&fea...

      the President supports.’’ the truth ‘’ Friend or Foe?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSWSzY#t...

      Benghazi cover up?

      http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/09/29/mainstre...

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      Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Sorry Alex, looks like your brand lost, you just as well consign this article to the round file. The people has spoken and it is definitely not in favor of the Right!

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      AlexDrinkH2O 4 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      @wba108@yahoo.com Sad but true. Thanks for the comment.

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

      AlexDrinkH2O - America has been dying for quite a while, what we witnessed is it's official funeral! That's why we're feeling so much grief, the poeple chose Godlessness and servitude over Godliness and freedom! The same poeple who booed God off the stage at the Democratic convention are the one's who are rejoicing at his reelection!

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      AlexDrinkH2O 4 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      Obama has been reelected - sigh . . .

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

      Great analysis ! It is the most important election of our lifetimes, another 4 years of Obama would change America beyond recognition. Some may thing this is a good thing but I'm not one of them! Obama is likely to get those who feel government can bring heaven on earth, those who don't know the Constitution, favored special interests and those who really just don't know what's really going on or care to know.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      Stay tuned - I'm working on Part Two!

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      AlexDrinkH2O

      In Nov. the voters will have a choice for more debt and poverty or for properity and a new beginning.

      Obama exposed his true colors last friday in Florida. The Obama mentality for our nation is government is the answer.

      ‘’ The Life of Julia’’, A Obama propaganda Campaign ad Obama’s Vision of the future for America http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&...

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      The only real hope for a better United States would have been if there was a formidable third party candidate.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      To all the pro-Obama commentators above - we now have major leaks of classified information from the administration negatively affecting our national security, the Attorney General has been held in contempt of Congress (and Obama has injected himself into it by declaring "executive privilege"), Obama ignoring the Constitution (and the law) by essentially granting an amnesty to over 800,000 illegal aliens , and the job numbers are getting worse. Still think he'll be reelected? Still think he DESERVES to be reelected? Obama is nothing more than a first-term senator and former community organizer who is in way over his head. Combine this with his looney, far-left political philosophy and you have a recipe for disaster. Which is precisely what his administration has been - an unmitigated disaster.

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      AlexDrinkH2O

      Check this link for a better understanding of the numbers.

      5/02/12

      Lies, Damned Lies and Government Jobs Data

      The truth, The U.S. economy is creating jobs

      http://www.foxbusiness.com/investing/2012/05/02/em...

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      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      I should have denied that last comment by "Wizard" it was so dumb but I believe of freedom of speech . . .

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      Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

      Ecce hominum ignorantiam et odium!

      http://youtu.be/9PFd_-4F2vY

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      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      I see I've opened a can of worms here which is good -we need discussion of these issues. One thing certainly is true - we are NOT better off than we were 4 years ago. If Obama is reelected, we will witness the accelerated decline of America. By 2016 it will probably be too late to undo the damage. Vote him OUT in November.

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      lovemychris

      ''It was under GOP control that the jobs left: with tax breaks to boot.''

      '',considering what he inherited'' Wake up hubbers. In 2006 the Democrats were elected to control (run the government ) the House and the Senate of which Senator Obama was in the Senate. For the President to continue using '' what he inherited is disingenuous and untruthful because he and his party controlled government spending, The Republicans were unable to control anything.

      One must try to get by the propaganda that the mainstream media and the President have been feeding the public.

      Check it out!

      END of 2006, unemployment was 4.6%. From 2007 to 2008 unemployment was 7.6%. Obama with a SUPER Majority Democrat Congress managed to get unemployment to 10%, even after spending $800 BILLION plus stimulus taxpayer money. In 3.5 years the Obama Administration has spent and raised the national debt $4.5 trillion. The CBO recently projected that the 2012 deficit will be $ 1.25 trillion. The Senate has not passed a budget in 4 years, wonder why?

      http://jon-ewall.hubpages.com/

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      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      And who, pray tell, is "promoting" these things? NOBODY! You keep listening to the Democrats - and the economy is not "on the mend" as you put it - far from it. Anyway, thank you for your comments - I'm glad I've stimulated some discussion.

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      Yes Dear 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I have great Respect for Eisenhower as well.

      Seems the old politicians were so much better!! Or maybe it just looks that way.

      As for the world? I really do believe it's controlled by gangs and thugs: sex slavery, drug running, weapons sales, money-laundering...etc. And peadophilia...some sort of vile cult of sexual energy.

      What to do about it...????

      So I just follow my gut.

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      War bothers me immensely. The problem is, neither party seems to be willing to end the unconstitutional wars. There has been not one constitutional war since WWII. Congress has declared none of them. Zero. Zilch. Nada. They cost money and drive up deficits. They also, more importantly, cost American lives when in only one instance American lives were lost. And by the way, none of the bombers on 9/11 were Iraqi. Several were Saudi, but we smile and have presidents holding the hand of their king. A couple of the non-constitutional wars were justified, the rest were quite questionable. There may have been WMDs in Iraq at one point, but why just invade Iraq? Why not Russia? Why not China? Why not India? Why not Britain? Why not Iran? All have WMDs. Wait, we have WMDs, too. Any nation with WMDs could be a threat at any time under the right circumstances.

      Taxes are a problem. They should've stayed at the level under Clinton until the debt was paid down, if not completely off. I thought that at the time, and I still think it. Few people complained. Everyone was glad to take their little rebates to "stimulate the economy." I can't remember the talking heads on Fox complaining. Taxes are currently at the lowest level of GDP for a very long time. Part of the economic problem is demand. You can produce all of the goods that you want, but if no one has any money to spend, they can't buy except on credit. Who does that help? Bankers who already have a ton of money. Goldman Sachs laid off thousands, but then give a multi-million dollar bonus to the CEO for just about running the company into the ground. That CEO can only spend so much. Most of the money would probably be taxed at capital gains rates if it was in stock, while the people who were laid off are now paying no taxes. Companies shipping jobs or their headquarters overseas to save a buck are basically committing economic treason by cutting the jobs of Americans and the tax revenue they provide, while causing more money to come out of the treasury because of unemployment and emergency aid to those families who were previously making good money. I'm not against business, in spite of how it may sound. I don't want the government to own all the means of production. I hope American businesses that employ Americans and treat them right do great.

      I find it funny that many people complain about Obama being a communist, yet then they have no qualms shipping jobs to China or Vietnam, both communist countries, one of which we spent just about as much time in as Iraq and Afghanistan combined to keep them from becoming communist. Apparently, they are not against communism if it benefits them by being able to pay people pennies an hour. And these guys are the patriotic Americans, while those who complain (because they lost their job) are lazy and un-American? If business owners are going to ship jobs overseas, fine. Just be honest and say it's because you want to pay people $.25/hour, rather than $15/hour. And don't try to wrap yourself in the flag saying it's because the US is too socialistic while you're shipping jobs to officially communist nations that do not have America's interests at heart, other than sucking money away.

      If anything, I'm an Eisenhower Republican, without the racism. Neither party today is anywhere near this guy. This guy was as smart or smarter than any president since.

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      Yes Dear 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "Ending Abortion, denying women access to contraception & promoting homophobia, 3 things that have nothing to do with improving the economy"

      ....hello!

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      TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Chris:

      Alex sounds like he's got some "%1" tea" mixed into that H20. . .

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      Yes Dear 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Freedom from religion, tax the rich--give back what was taken. War--hoping to prevent the Iran war all the R candidiates are pushing.

      Economy is on the mend...get with it. In November--you will see how the GOP corporate take-over attempt has been rejected.

      Amen.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      I am amazed at the nonsense liberals spout. There is no point in trying to reason with them. All I can say is in November we are taking our country back.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      That's it? The only thing important to you is the right to terminate an pregnancy? War, taxes, the economy, they don't matter, right? My God . . .

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      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      There WERE weapons of mass destruction Iraq. And Obama is just dying to rescind the Bush tax cuts so, if we are foolish enough to reelect him, taxes WILL go up.

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      Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

      Argue for your limitations and behold—they're all YOURS!

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      I would agree that Americans are most callous after they are born. Only those who have been born push abortion. Only those who are born shoot each other down in the streets. Only those who are born want people without insurance to die.

      Why "abort" those who are innocent of these transgressions because of the callousness of others?

      I personally have a major problem with the assaults on unions, because they represent the little people. There has to be checks and balances in basically every situation.

      As you can see my political opinions are all over the place, hence, my problem with both parties.

      Do you think your $5 or $100 gift to the Obama campaign carries as much weight as a big corporate donor? It doesn't.

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      Yes Dear 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Americans are most callous after they're born.

      And I'm dealing in the here and now.

      Oil gives much more to GOP. Soros is NOT giving to Obama this time out. Goldman Sachs has abandonded him for Romney.

      Obama has Unions. That's his big donors. And we little peeps.

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      I'm not totally against freedom and self-determination, but I am against murder. Philosophically, why is it murder to kill a baby 5 minutes after birth, but OK to "abort" a fetus 5 minutes before? Why are there laws that can hold a person liable for two homicides when killing a pregnant woman? Personal freedom and self-determination have limits. I may want the freedom to self-determine to beat up my neighbor, but I don't think the law (or most of my neighbors) would agree with this freedom and self-determination. BTW, unless someone is raped, they had a say in whether they got pregnant. It takes two to tango. They (the couple) exercised their freedom and self-determination and then don't want the fruit of their freedom and self-determination.

      I think it's sad when society is so callous about humanity, and Americans are on so many levels.

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      Check out this link if you don't think the Democrats are just as bought as the Republicans:

      http://www.opensecrets.org/parties/

      By the way, it's a nonpartisan website, not affiliated with either party. It's interesting that oil companies gave huge money to both the McCain and Obama campaigns. Some of the donors are different, but they give huge dollars, regardless. Who do you think has the ear of public officials? You or me? Or is it the Kochs (if you are a Tea Party/Republican person) or Soros (if you are on the left)?

      Some "job creators (in China)" left under Bush, but I read an article around December 2010, while Democrats were in control of both houses, that showed some obscene number of jobs were created overseas since the recession, much of which was still going on after Obama's election.

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      Gusser 5 years ago

      lovemychris--EXACTLY what is your fair share in income tax? The word fair would indicate equal % for all.

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      Yes Dear 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      If you have a problem with abortion, you should just not have one.

      As a lover of personal freedom and self-determination:

      We will never go back!

      I don't see the Dems catering to those job-creators. It was under GOP control that the jobs left: with tax breaks to boot.

      And it's the Dems that want a fair tax system and jobs here at home.

      But there are 3rd parties to vote for. I did once, and ended up helping Bush W. will not do that again.

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      BTW the pro "choice" (actually pro death) is a big problem I have with Democrats, along with their catering to the same uber-rich "job creators (in China)" that the Republicans seem to like so much. Those who pay for the elections control the direction of the nation.

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      Alex,

      Forgive my snooping, but if you can remember 1956, you should be coming upon your SS and medicare years. Do you plan on taking advantage of these programs? After all, medicare is a socialized medical program like Obamacare. True conservatives should shun such government controls on their freedom and buy their insurance on the private market. Most don't, so they aren't actually against socialized medicine, just socialized medicine for others.

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      Gusser 5 years ago

      Bush was a progressive. Obama is a Socialist. Neither has done anything good for America. The Bush haters are hating on their own kind. The Obama haters are hating on Bush Jr. RepubliCRATS are no better than DemoCANS. Same stinking animal.

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      Yes Dear 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I vote Dem cause they're pro-choice. And if we lose that, it's back to the middle ages.

      "Please sir, I want some more."

      "Moooooore? It's 1,000 for me, 1/2 of 3/4 % for you."

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      You complain about more and more taxes in your post. A huge chunk of the stimulus you rail against was a tax cut. You do realize that no one's income tax has gone up under Obama, don't you? Also, he cut the payroll tax (which I don't agree with, incidentally). So, let me get this right, if Republicans cut taxes on the "job creators (in China)" this will stimulate the economy and get people back to work, but if Obama cuts taxes it is a failed stimulus that does nothing but prolong the recession? If I recall correctly, Bush gave a couple of "tax rebates" to stimulate the economy. Most of my friends are conservatives, but they loved those and no one I recall returned them. They added to the deficit that is suddenly a big deal, even though Dick Cheney said deficits don't matter.

      You complain about leaving Iraq before the mission was complete. What was the mission? Weapons of mass destruction was the mission. The mission cannot be completed without there actually being weapons of mass destruction. Therefore, are you saying we should've stay in Iraq until the world ends? The deal about bringing democracy to Iraq was a spin after there were no weapons of mass destruction. BTW, Bush had already negotiated an end date for the Iraq War.

      There are definitely things Obama can be criticized over. However, why do some (most?) people who criticize him complain about things that they were silent on when the Republicans controlled everything?

      Both liberals and conservatives tend to hate facts that don't line up with their ideology, so both sides twist them to fool people. That's why I like voting third party as much as possible.

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      Yes Dear 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      yeah, like this one: Tax cuts create jobs...bwahahahaha..oh, we sure got fooled on that one. Oh wait...that was you!

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      Gusser 5 years ago

      Liberals hate facts. They prefer hope & change. Liberals are so easy to fool.

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      Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

      Dave's obviously living in his own world and Alex is drinking H2O mixed with Fox Kool-Aid.

      I COULD REFUTE ALL OF THE BOILERPLATE HATE PROPAGANDA IN THIS HUB, BUT IT WOUD BE A WASTE OF TIME AND BANDWIDTH.

      THESE GUYS ARE BEYOND HOPE AND BEREFT OF ANYTHING REMOTELY SIMILAR TO REASON OR AWARENESS.

      MOVE ALONG FOLKS, NOTHING HERE—JUST THE SAME OLD TIRED GROUP-THINK AND AGITPROP!

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      Yes Dear 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Opinions are not facts!

      And this is an important election: we take America back from the Culf of Greed.

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      Davesworld 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      Wizard,

      Actually, "The future of America depends on aware Americans who know the difference between honest facts and the kind of exaggerated distortions found " coming from the Obama administration and Democrat National Party. At least you did get it half right.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      Regurgitated boilerplate? Facts are inconvenient to liberals, aren't they?

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      Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

      All regurgitated boilerplate of the Tea Party-Koch-Corpratism Gang. The future of America depends on aware Americans who know the difference between honest facts and the kind of exaggerated distortions found here.

      Ignorance and loyalty no longer cut it, my friend. Americans are not fear-mongering or greedy and they believe in leaders who aren't petty fools always appealing to selfish dolts and angry bigots Your points boil down to spreading fear, resentment and nostalgia for a long gone past. You offer nothing and certainly not any hope or valid reasons to elect any of the so called conservatives your side has offered up.