Ryan Summerlin October 29, 2012
To the Editor:
Independent and undecided voters beware. A vote for Romney/Ryan is a vote for the Republican
Party agenda. GOP strategy since 2008 has been to demean and undermine President Obama.
Mitch McConnell, Senate minority leader, publicly stated his number one priority is to insure that Obama is a one-term president. Thus began a carefully planned and executed Senate strategy of historically unprecedented filibuster and obstructionism. It has been party first to the detriment of the country. To hear Romney claim he will lead in a bipartisan way is disingenuous and hypocritical.
Midterm the House was won by Tea Party Republicans on the promise of jobs. Since then they have introduced over 400 bills to limit abortion and voted 33 times to overturn Obamacare, but no jobs bills. The record for Republican-won state legislatures is similar but with the addition of new voter ID laws designed to suppress Democratic voters.
Moderates have left or been ousted from the GOP. The Party is now dominated by angry old white men who listen to Rush Limbaugh; intolerant evangelicals; racists turned Republican after the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed; plutocrats; pocket-book voters (I’ve got mine, I’m going to keep it, to hell with everyone else); Karl Rove disciples (win by any unscrupulous means); Grover Norquist’s no tax pledgers (270 in Congress); Sarah Palin disciples; irrational thinkers (anti-science, anti-elitist, birthers, conspiracy theorists); Senator Inhofe’s global-warming deniers; gun-rights extremists; defense hawks; social-issue voters (anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti- Muslim, anti-abortion, abstinence-only) and people regularly duped by Fox News. GOP legislators must adhere lockstep to party line, message, and talking points. No independent thinking or action is tolerated.
Romney is not campaigning on party platform but do you really believe that if the extreme right gets such bills through Congress that he won’t sign them? Listen to his comments for the past decade. If you vote Romney you get the entire GOP package.