Nearly four years have passed since the Bush administration left our nation in a crisis second only to the Great Depression. From that time to the present, the Republican House has vowed to prevent President Barack Obama from any victory that would again raise our nation to prosperity.
These are the same people who placed our nation in two wars that appear to have been entered only to profit the military establishment of our nation. To wars that have now consumed the lives of thousands of our finest and maimed tens of thousands as well.
According to cable news reports, 17 to 18 veterans take their own lives daily as a result of the carnage witnessed and the failure of medical assistance for them. These same people who brought our nation to this debacle desire now to reward Wall Street and the privileged few by privatizing Social Security and Medicare, destroying collective bargaining and eliminating the voice of the middle class.
Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such complete failure by our elected officials to seek common ground. I have certainly been aware for the past 50 or 60 years of our nation working for the common good. Today, and for the past two years, that has not occurred. The idea that an elected official of either party would sign a pledge to not increase taxes is beyond my understanding. Not that we should increase taxes but that we should not abdicate our capacity to do that which serves the common good.
Regarding Social Security, allow me to make a salient point. Social Security has been the backbone of our nation from its inception in 1937. It has never once cost our government one red cent. It provides today a decent life for millions who might otherwise have no other choice. To privatize Social Security and Medicare would allow profit taking on a scale that would certainly destroy both programs.
I implore the voters of Ohio to consider how our nation came to this time. Regardless of race, creed or religion, we share a common goal and we must return to elected officials who will work for the common good.
God bless America and god bless our veterans of every war.