Romney & Ryan: Team Obama’s Opposition by Angenita Williams-Childs

On Saturday, August 11, 2012, Mitt Romney announced that his running mate would be Wisconsin Senator, Paul Ryan. Now, I already knew in the back of my mind that Ryan would be the chosen one. Romney made it really obvious when Ryan accompanied him on the campaign trail. Now, how does this go for our President? Well, it could go both ways.

Ryan sort of acts as a Tea Party candidate, which means he had a huge following. These radicals would like nothing more than to divide the country into the haves and have -nots. His “Ryan Plan” budget significantly cuts the basic programs people need to survive: Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, food stamps, and the transportation infrastructure. It gives another tax break for the wealthiest of the nation. Basically, it makes the poor take the blame for being poor, and gives the reward of being rich to the rich. I think it would be a little harder to pull yourself up by the bootstraps if you can’t afford the boots.

I guess I classify myself as a liberal. I believe that our government should help take care of the people it governs. Obamacare is necessary to level off rising health care costs. My medical insurance premium rises every year, and when I didn’t have any, it was difficult to find a doctor willing to get to the root of my problems. I had a female issue for over four years, and all I got was that it was in my head, and the doctors wanted to prescribe antidepressants. With medical insurance, I was able to get to the root of the problem in three months, get it resolved, and now I’m better. Amazing what that little card can do, and amazing how much it costs me a month to have that little card.

I thought this was a government for the people, by the people. But the Republican lead states across the nation are attacking voting rights, citing voter fraud. Voter fraud? They are warding off voter fraud in areas where it doesn’t even exist. Basically, let’s make it harder to vote so people won’t do it; namely Democratic voters. Michigan has all but stripped voters in the poorer cities, electing emergency managers to come in and take charge, instead of allowing those chosen do their jobs.

I’m not sure what the future holds with this Presidential race. Only because, the Tea Party wants Obama out, if for nothing else, it’s the fact that he is a Black man. He may be the Food Stamp President as touted by Newt Gingrich…but why are more people on food stamps? Because his predecessor decided to destroy the American economy, but eliciting a tax cut that was designed to accommodate the wealthy, who in turn were supposed to boost the economy by providing jobs. Instead, unemployment rose, companies closed, and we sank into rising costs for everything, and wages all but eliminated.

This past week, the Republicans hosted their national convention. I was angered at virtually every speech. Especially when Ryan blatantly lied about Obama being responsible for an auto plant being closed in Janesville, WI. (The plant closed in December 2008. Obama took office in January 2009.) Clint Eastwood had a bizarre speech; talking to an empty chair that was supposed to be President Obama. It was disgraceful. (I LOVED Clint Eastwood! “Do you feel lucky? Well, do you?”)  And let’s not mention the whole “We built it!” slogan that the Republicans completely blew out of context. And, all the people and stories mentioned about the American dream all had some help from somewhere, but those particular people “did it on their own.” Let’s take a walk down history lane…who really built America?

This country was built on the backs of my ancestors, who never were paid for their labor, nor were they given any portion of the riches made for their owners. This country was built on the blood of my people, whom endured family separation, beating, starvation, kitchen scraps, raising children of a different race, denied education, treated as animals. This country was bullied from the Native Americans. Let’s be real about how and who built this country, Romney, Ryan, Republicans.

Without US (all races, creeds, and religions), America is nothing. If we don’t vote, we the people will be treated as nothing. If the Republicans come in, everything will be privatized, subsidized by the government. We will be at war. Our kids will suffer. Women will suffer. Seniors will suffer. But the good ol’ boys? Not so much.

I urge, encourage, and almost demand that you vote. If you don’t, you can’t complain when your home is foreclosed because the owners of your company decide to save money in their pockets by shipping your job overseas. You can’t complain when you cannot get any unemployment funds, or health care. You can’t complain when you default on a student loan because the rates doubled, or can’t go to college due to Pell grant funding being cut. You can’t complain if your daughter is raped, and gets pregnant by her attacker, and she wants an abortion. You can’t complain if you can’t get help for your womanly issues. There would be no room for you to.

You didn’t exercise your right.

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