I write this letter out of fear. Fear of the political processes existent in our country today, and fear of the outcome of the upcoming election.
I am a 66-year-old female, a child of the 60’s who worked hard to successfully penetrate the glass ceiling; a person who spoke out for women’s rights and one who rejoiced when some of those goals were reached and later became law.
Though well past my childbearing years, I am once again compelled to speak out against those rights becoming in jeopardy if the misogynistic GOP has its way. I don’t call myself pro-choice or pro-life. I call myself a woman of personal decision, knowing that the decisions I make in my life are strictly between me and my God, and should not be legislated by any government.
Further, I have worked my entire life, paid my fair share of taxes and paid into the Medicare system. I will NOT accept a government that has vowed to turn Medicare into a voucher system, thus reducing or eliminating my standard of medical care, or who will, at the very least, cost me thousands more in out-of-pocket expenses.
I cannot speak for anyone but myself, but someone must speak up for these life-changing issues, especially with the huge number of legitimate voters who are now being disenfranchised, under the guise of preventing voter fraud.
The number of proven voter fraud cases is less than 100, compared to the enormous numbers of legitimate voters whose rights are now being abrogated. Many have fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy; can we now sit back in apathy and let those rights be taken away?
I beg you, my fellow citizens – get out and vote to preserve the middle class. We are on the road to recovery; let us give President Obama the chance to finish what he started without the self-serving interference of those who would promote only the good of the privileged few.
Va. Beach, VA