Why social issues are more important than economic issues: According to the Gallup Poll from August 9-12, 2012, 65% of voters believe that economic problems are the main problems facing this country.
So, I ask myself, is this right?
Are we going to be happy with our stomachs full, but with our rights substantially diminished by a political party, heavily influenced by money?
Does it mean that money won?
Does it mean that extreme religion won?
When I lived in the Soviet Union, the government provided everything for the people: Free education, free medical services, jobs for everybody, subsidized bread, subsidized housing. Everybody had basic food, everybody had a job and everybody had an income. Very few had a good income, very few had power. And those few dictated everything for the country, decided everything for the people of the country. But those in power made sure that the stomachs of the people were full. Because when the stomach is full, people do not complain.
So, when the Republican candidate and those who support him tell me that the main issue of this campaign is the economy, and, by the way, we will reduce women’s freedom of choice, we will not recognize basic rights of all people, we will reduce government programs to support science, research and development, education, Medicare and healthcare, it reminds me of the Soviet Union. The Republican Party is promising that we all will have a full stomach at the price of reduced salaries, increased working hours, increased air pollution, reduced healthcare access. And, by the way, we will have more guns on the streets, more bigotry and more religious fanatics, less educated people. Why? Because big money holders want more money, more power. The less educated people we have, the more people have to work, the less they think, the easier it is to influence their brain.
I have heard from Republican supporters: Let’s fix the economy, let’s put people back to work, then we will worry about our freedom. It’s like saying one step forward, two steps backward, especially if all three branches of the government are Republican.
Back to the economy: Considering what the country had to go through in four years after the worst economic recession of our time, it does not look that bad. Yes, promises were made. Yes, mistakes were made. But the majority of experts agree that we are on the right path. So, why go back to the same rules and policies that created this recession in the first place? And what happened to the idea that the economy grows independent of policies?
So, please educate yourself and vote with your conscience, not your stomach.