An Open Letter To “Independent” Voters
Dear Independent Voters,
You’re supposedly still undecided on who you will be voting for in November. In an attempt to help you make up your mind, I’m going to run through some things for you to consider. Clear your minds and focus on the following description of an unnamed candidate in the race:
In 2008, this candidate ran on a message of “hope and change” where he promised a new era of politics. A post-partisan Presidency dedicated to bringing people of all stripes, Republican and Democrat, together to fundamentally change America.
After he won the election, his transition team got to work on a stimulus package that would, in their view, get the economy back on track and prevent a second Great Depression. They claimed that doing nothing would lead to unacceptably high unemployment for years and that this stimulus package would lead to a quicker recovery and by 2012 unemployment would be below 6%. The stimulus package passed and we’ve had 43 straight months of unemployment over 8%.
The candidate also promised to cut the budget deficit in half before the end of his first term. We’re on the third straight year of deficits exceeding a trillion dollars and not one of his budgets has even come close to bridging the gap, let alone passing Congress.
While all this was going on, this candidate pushed a monstrous government takeover of the healthcare industry with no bipartisan support – rejecting the post-partisan promise of his first campaign. Along those same lines, with an unsustainable entitlement regime spiraling towards insolvency, he has chosen to demagogue the opposition’s attempts at addressing the looming crisis rather than offering any plan to fix it. His only solution to any of this is to wage class warfare and suggest that taxing the rich will generate enough revenue to pay for everything.
His entire time in office has been about pitting different groups of people against each other while still proclaiming he is looking out for all Americans. He has called his opposition “the enemy.”
In summary, one of the people you are being asked to consider voting for has governed in a way that contradicts the message he sold people on back in 2008 and now he’s promising the same pipe dreams again.
Did you vote for this person in 2008?
Would you vote for this person now?
Now, ask yourself that second question again, but this time imagine the candidate I described above was white.