First and foremost, get out and vote. That is a given, though plenty of people do not.
We are truly at a crossroads here. This goes beyond the traditional right and left trying to come to a compromise.
The right in this nation as they are manifested now are not traditional conservatives and you need to remember that when you make your choices.
It’s not that the party has so tilted to the right; it’s that they have abandoned all that makes running this country properly even possible.
I consider myself quite “progressive” on a lot of topics, and I have a feeling that a lot of registered republicans do as well.
Further, I have no problems with a lot of what the traditional conservatives stand for, particularly that which would keep the US budget in check, spending in check, a strong military and smaller government. I also want the US government to adhere to the Constitution and stay out of the business of religion and becoming our nanny.
I don’t need the FCC down the back of every radio or TV station that says poop, I don’t need a law telling homosexuals that they cannot marry, and I certainly don’t need a government that wants to take the fundie side in the debate about science vs. intelligent design.
What we ALL need, however is a checked and balanced Washington that is looking out for all Americans, not just the military industrial complex and the world’s largest corporations.
The gay, religious and other wedge issues used to bring certain forces to the table in the last couple elections are not the real things that most Americans even ever have to worry about when it comes to their lives.
From top to bottom, starting with what I consider an illegal war with a sovereign nation (not a threat to us) to day to day “running” of the US government, it’s my opinion that the needs of working Americans are most certainly at the bottom.
Our crushing debt and deficits have grave implications not just for future generations, but for the near future as well if certain countries start cashing in their chips.
Since 2001, our nation has lost almost 3 million good paying manufacturing jobs. Jobs that have not been replaced in any way with ones that provide for family and community.
White collar high tech jobs have been replaced by jobs overseas and H1Visas here.
At that time, there has also been exponential growth in the huge gap between what CEO’s and the like make compared to the average working American. Our wages are not keeping up with inflation.
We have 46 million Americans without health care.
Illegal immigration: Bust the employers. End of story. Stop with the histrionics and racism. And this topic gets back to the fight against the American worker.
Corporate America WANTS undocumented workers here. Liberals are seen as soft on immigration and Conservatives are seen as tough on it.
Bush has done nothing. And the companies can sit back and enjoy the fight for now, because they have a permanent underclass of workers and they can keep wages depressed for all. They are exploiting one group of people while they dispossess another.
It’s time for both republicans and democrats to work in our favor again.
Call them, write them, VOTE and demand that they do so!