The Survival of Our Democracy Is on the Line With This Election

Pearl Korn – Advocate for Improved Medicare For All – Posted: 09/26/2012 11:15 am

“… we believe that ‘We’re all in this together’ is a far better philosophy than ‘You’re on your own.'”

Bill Clinton’s words continue to resonate long after the DNC in Charlotte, and have become the rallying cry of the Obama campaign. Bill Clinton, in his brilliant tutorial, delivered this message exactly right, and clearly defined the stark difference between the two candidates for president, as well as their parties. Some variation of this message should be on Obama bumper stickers from coast to coast. It is the overarching message that has been missing from the president’s campaign, but it must also come with a vision for where the president wants to take the country, which was still not clearly articulated in his convention speech.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s campaign went into a free-fall last week, when a video of him surfaced dismissing 47 percent of the population as freeloaders for paying no income taxes and, in his opinion, not taking responsibility for their own lives. Romney added, “My job is not to worry about those people.” Those roughly 146 million Americans are, to Mr. Romney, little more than dependents of the U.S. government, living on handouts and contributing nothing to society. Of course, the truth is that these people do pay taxes — payroll taxes, sales tax, property taxes and others — but earn so little from their low-income jobs that they don’t pay income taxes. All of them are hardworking, proud Americans, yet Romney and his fat cat supporters displayed nothing but an arrogant distain for them. And to imagine, this man could be our next president! What would the likelihood be that he would really be interested in serving anyone more than that despised 1% of the population that are his most ardent supporters?

The truth is, much of the rest of the support for Romney can be found in the so-called “conservative” Southern states, which rank among the poorest and least educated, and who also happen to have the highest percentage of residents paying no income taxes. Many of the residents of these states are also recipients of some form of local, state or federal aid, depending on those so-called entitlements just to survive. Without Medicaid, housing vouchers and food stamps, these people would slide into even more abject poverty. Talk about voting against yo