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Letter: Let’s vote to change back to a free society

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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 12:00 am

Some five years ago, after all the speeches had been made and the rhetoric had cooled somewhat, many thought that the election of a “progressive” presidential candidate spelled the doom of the GOP and the two-party system.

Four years later, and not having a positive record of accomplishments on which to campaign, charisma again carried the day. The embattled leaders over at the opposition sadly realized that unless something drastic occurred, their chances of ever regaining the White House were “little or none.”

Then along came the unanticipated windfall: The rollout of the Affordable Care Act. The primary focus of the progressives was shown to have so many problems with its implementation that even some of the president’s staunchest supporters began distancing themselves from the debacle; then complicit media sources also strayed from their unbridled support of the troubled act.

We again find ourselves at a very important crossroads of our nation’s future. The GOP is again formidable, if not cohesive. The two-party system is alive, and they have a role to play. This is not a rich vs. poor, ethnic realization, sexual orientation or any of the other issues politicians like to use as a smokescreen to confuse voters.

Our next opportunity to vote concerns the most important issue facing us: Should a big decision-making, autocratic, socialistic type government or a smaller free market type — where decisions are best left to the voters — be the best solution to our many problems?

The progressives rallied around the word “change.” Change we got — in spades. Time for all of us to vote for a better change. A change back to a happier and more prosperous time. A time for the population to retake their rights to a free society.

Richard Viall


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  • Jeff Tillett posted at 6:51 pm on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 557

    You sir, are on a roll. Nice work, indeed.

  • John Lucas posted at 6:37 pm on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730


  • Jack Gilder posted at 4:15 pm on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Jack Gilder Posts: 26

    I would be the first to agree that we didn't get the change we were hoping for, but to suggest that the GOP represents anything that comes close is laughable. Americans were voting for a change from Bush and the Republican agenda. Unfortunately Obama seemed to embrace some of the most notorious aspects of the Bush legacy, but his Health Care law wasn't one of them. Apart from the pathetic and criminal history of US interventionism around the world since 1953, something that both parties share complicity, it was the domestic policies that concerned progressives the most when Obama was elected. Despite Obama's adherence to the imperialist ambitions of the US government around the world, his domestic programs and efforts have been mostly positive. If progressives are frustrated with him it's because he hasn't gone far enough to counter the destruction 30 years of Reaganomics has wrought on the country.

    Obama had a brief spell of success in the beginning of his first term and many important pieces of legislation were passed that helped a lot of people, but on his inauguration day all of the key GOP leaders were meeting at a restaurant in DC and plotting how to undermine any success Obama might have. The dishonest gerrymandering of GOP districts allowed Republicans to take the House so the plot to thoroughly obstruct Obama's presidency could accelerate from the incessant GOP filibustering during the 11th congress into full-blown obstructionism. As planned, congress came to a screeching halt when Republicans gained control. The approval rating for congress plummeted to 9% after the GOP government shutdown... that's the lowest approval rating on record. Sure Obama is taking a beating too, but he's still far from where Bush bottomed out at 19%. Americans don't like wasteful spending... I think you and I might agree on that point, but if you separate spending accountable to Bush's wars from Obama's own policies--he is the lowest spending president since Eisenhower. 3/4 of the $17 trillion debt is accountable to spending from Republican presidential administration budgets. The GOP turn out to be the big spenders... so going back to that certainly wouldn't be, as you suggest, "a happier and more prosperous time."

    If you want a happier and more prosperous time you have to look further back to the decades between FDR and Reagan when the US experienced its most productive and prosperous period in history. That was also a period when there was far more aspects of socialism in government and the middle class emerged--people were happiest and experienced great freedoms during those times. After FDR rescued us from the Republican Great Depression of the 1930s he ushered in a time when the population actually did retake their "rights to a free society." So what we really need is another FDR, not Republicans. The GOP has done more to reverse the happiest and most prosperous trends in America... unless you are among the wealthy elite anyway. Republican policies only assist the rich in acquiring ridiculous amounts of wealth that they hoard and hide away where it only festers corruption and threatens to undermine our democratic process.

    Yes, it's time we took back America from the corporate wealthy elite and reclaim the wealth they have stolen and return it to the people that worked hard and actually earned it so we can rebuild America for everyone... not just the rich and wealthy corporate elite.

  • Christina Welch posted at 12:08 pm on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 460


  • Steve Schmidt posted at 11:04 am on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2670

    I may vote Democrat because I would like my grandchildren to live in a functioning biosphere but I have no illusions about the party's participation in the march towards totalitarianism.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 11:02 am on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2670

    The idea that either of the main stream corporate parties is in favor of "freedom" would be laughable if it wasn't so sadly naive. The GOP brought us the Patriot Act and the Dems have preserved it.

    Frankenfeinstein, Darth Cheney, their all just different sides of the same old coin.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:25 am on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Viall wrote: "The GOP is again formidable, if not cohesive."

    "Formidable?" I don't know WHICH GOP Mr. Viall is speaking of - certainly not the GOP late of the United States.

    It is especially vulnerable now that its last great hope for a viable presidential candidate, Chris Christie, managed to shoot himself in the foot with the Feds and his own state government coming down on his head over various "payback" scandals.

    The rest of the clown car that is the GOP presidential field hasn't a chance - most of them being TEA Party connected, and if Marco Rubio thinks for a minute he'll be the first Hispanic president...well, sorry!

    Now Mike Huckabee is being floated again as a possibility. Just yesterday Bill Kristol was claiming Huckabee had a greater chance at the nomination even BEFORE Christie's problems emerged. Good luck with that.

    Sorry, Mr. Viall, I don't see formidability for the GOP NOW, or on the horizon.


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