After watching most of the Republican and all of the Democratic speeches from both conventions, I am amazed that everyone seems to be overly concerned about the economy and little else.
I’m retired, low-income (read poor) and I’m not worried about the economy nearly as much as what we may lose if the Republicans are elected in 2012. From their speeches it seems that the GOP wants women to be transported back to the 1950s, gays to just shut up and get back into the closet, and all minorities to quit being uppity and remember their place.
If the GOP gets its way, women could lose many of the hard-won rights and advancements they’ve made in the last 50 to 60 years, such as medical control over their bodies – safe birth control methods; legal abortion if their birth control fails, if they are raped or for whatever reason they feel the need to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
Are we to go back to having too many kids or back-alley abortions?
At serious risk are the many things we’ve fought for since the 1960s. So, what I can’t figure out is why a woman, a minority, a gay man or lesbian woman, or anyone who gives a damn about civil rights, women’s rights or gay rights would support the GOP platform.
The price is way too high for this far-right-wing party to control our future.