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(Excerpted with permission from Eddie’s Corner, the blog of Eddie Rose, at www.eddierose.org)
Nearly 15o years ago, in his historic Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln spoke of “…a government of the people, by the people, (and) for the people…”
Sadly, in a 180-degree about-face from its first great President, the Republican Party has become the Party “of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich”. Its 2012 multi-millionaire Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, has nothing but contempt for the middle class American citizen. Romney even suggests the middle class is to blame for the state of the economy, and that it’s “ungodly” to worry about income disparity. Of course, Romney was born with the proverbial “silver spoon” in his mouth, so he never had to worry about such things.
Little wonder. Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth parked in a Cayman Islands tax shelter. And Romney, of course, pays a much lower percentage of taxes than most Americans who earn far less than he does. No wonder the Republican Party today, under the leadership of the likes of Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, et al, wants tax breaks for the richest one percent of Americans at the expense of the rest of us.
Romney’s list of largest donors reads like a “Who’s Who” of the Forbes 500 list of the wealthiest Americans. In fact, at least 24 individuals on that list have contributed to “Restore Our (sic) Future”, a super-PAC formed for the purpose of electing Romney President.
In the words of former U.S. Senator Bob Smith, “I didn’t leave the Republican Party, it left me.” Amen! The Party of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and Barry Goldwater, the Party which once believed in environmental protection, the Party that once stood for ”the little guy”, has become the Party of Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, and Big Business in general.
But lest the above be construed as a blanket endorsement of the Democratic Party and President Obama—it isn’t. Obama has pandered to illegal aliens in order to solidify the Hispanic vote; Obama has kept bank interest rates at practically nothing while allowing the banksters to rake in obscene profits and their CEOs to command seven-figure salaries; and Obama continues to keep American troops thousands of miles from our shores where they don’t belong, while refusing to put the necessary troops along the Mexican border where they are needed and where they should be.
So when you come right down to it, “the lesser of evils” is still evil! Therefore, come November, as an independent, I intend to cast my (write-in) vote for President for a fellow independent, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I, VT).
The Honorable Eddie Rose
Former Laguna Niguel (CA) City Councilman
“A Voice—Not an Echo”