You might have sensible reasons not to vote for President Obama in 2012. You might be a billionaire, for example. But when you read a few blogs, check out the political pages on Facebook, and listen to nutjob right-wing news, you quickly realize there are two bizarre strains of thought when it comes to voting against Obama in November, or not bothering to vote for him.
1. The crazy right-wing types insist Mr. Obama is a commie, a Kenyan, a tyrant in black sheep’s clothing (emphasis on “black”) and warn he wants to destroy America with gay marriage licenses and crippling taxation.
2. The grumbling types, including a few disgruntled liberals, complain that President Obama hasn’t carried out all his promises and say it makes no difference whether he or Mitt Romney is elected.
In the end, most Americans choose the candidates they support based in part on fact, in part on opinion. So let’s start with a fact in his support. Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for the death of 3,000 innocent Americans, sleeps with the fishes. The nutjob right-wing types sneer, saying: “Obama didn’t kill Osama, the Navy Seals did.” But they’re lying through the right side of their teeth if they try to say they wouldn’t have gone loco if the nighttime raid into Pakistan, ordered by Mr. Obama, had failed.
It’s also a fact that the previous administration, headed up by a rock-ribbed conservative crew, didn’t kill Osama, either. They got us involved in the wrong war, at the wrong time, in the wrong place.
Not convinced? Say what you will about flaws in the Affordable Health Care Act. It may be like having watched legislative sausage being made. But it’s a start. It’s at least an attempt to address serious problems that beset our current health care system. And right now–this very day–if you have a type-1 diabetic in your family, an uncle with lupus, or a wife with multiple sclerosis, your loved ones can no longer be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. That’s not all, as they say. If your family has an adult son or daughter, age 19-25, without their own health care coverage, they can now be covered on your family health plan.
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