Letter to the editor

Republicans must accept reality

November 15, 2012 

It’s time for Republicans to join the reality-based community.

Obama is one of us. He’s not a socialist, but rather a centrist who leans slightly to the left. Our re-elected president doesn’t hate America. He is not a Muslim. His policies are heavily influenced by Christian theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. Obama is a family man and a patriot, who was born in Hawaii. He doesn’t travel around the world apologizing for America.

White males are no longer in the catbird seat. America is now a multiracial, multicultural country. Women have power. You must either learn to love the new America, or else it will leave you behind.

Democrats don’t believe in the government controlling every aspect of your life. They are values voters who believe in justice, compassion and social responsibility.

People aren’t in poverty because they are lazy. They do hard, physical labor no one else wants to do; many have two jobs. There is at least as much laziness in the upper class as there is the lower class.

Though we have excellent doctors, America does not have the best health care system in the world. Among advanced nations we are one of the worst. The Affordable Care Act will – like Medicare – be one of the best things that ever happened to America’s middle class. And it’s not going away.

Climate change is real, and voter ID fraud is a myth. The earth is billions of years old. Fertilized eggs are not people; neither are corporations. Gays and lesbians are a part of the human family.

There is no danger of Obama taking your guns away, and he’s not going to interfere with your religious practice.

Social Security is not going broke, and the sky will not fall if wealthy people pay at a slightly higher rate.

If the Republican Party doesn’t accept these realities, it will die.

The writer lives in Pawleys Island.

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