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Letter to the Editor: ‘Vote as if your life depends upon it’

Dear editor:

They say the definition of insanity is someone who keeps doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. 

If that is true, one must ask why the good citizens of Congressional District 4 keep voting for Robert Aderholt. Do they really expect different representation and better results than he has provided for the past two decades?

Are the citizens aware of Aderholt’s voting record?

  • He supports higher taxes for the middle class over 90 percent of the time.
  • He voted in favor of the wealthy 95 percent of the time.
  • He voted against Civil Rights legislation 98 percent of the time.
  • He has supported women’s rights 0 percent of the time.

Apparently, our representative has a total disregard for more than half of his constituents. He does not care if a female of any age is raped, forced to give birth to the criminal’s child and gets beat up on a regular basis while not receiving a fair wage to support that poor mis-begotten child.

According to Aderholt’s Republican party platform, if elected, within five years Social Security, Medicare and veterans’ benefits will be gone.

During this session, the Republican-packed Supreme Court is poised to eliminate our personal voting rights. The right-wing extremist party has been working ridiculously hard to convince us that right is wrong and wrong is right, that up is down and down is up, that truths are lies and lies are OK, and evil is good and good is evil. 

When our right-wing representative, Robert Aderholt, can do something – anything – to improve the lives of his constituents, he either votes against it or sits on his hands and fails to vote. He fails to do his job and fails to represent those of us who are not wealthy or influential.

In addition to the above disgraceful behavior, Robert Aderholt has committed one the worst offenses against our democracy that anyone could imagine. Jan. 6, he voted against certifying our presidential candidate in a clearly-won election. He voted against democracy. He Voted against our government. He voted against the peaceful transition of power. He voted against you, me and our neighbors. He voted against our children, our grandchildren and the future of our nation. 

This man can not be called a patriot. He has no business serving in our House of Representatives!

The only way to avoid descending into the black abyss of a Republican dictatorship: we the people must resist the cavalier, corrosive, punitive agenda designed to eliminate our democratic republic. 

We the people must upset the applecart and throw out those bad apples. It is past time to throw out the “Bobbies” with the bath water.

The mid-terms are upon us, and it is incumbent on every citizen to exercise the right to vote before that right is lost.

As far as the current economic problems, our country has weathered far worse and come out on top. Time and good government changes everything.

Most of us are descendants of people who immigrated here either recently or in the far past. My first ancestor came to America in 1637 to escape religious persecution.

Please ask yourself why your ancestors chose to come to America.

One can surmise they wanted freedom from oppression and a better life for their offspring.

Even those who came here unwillingly have contributed a great deal in the building of this wonderful nation. We cannot allow power hungry tin-pot politicians to destroy what others have worked so hard to achieve.

Vote Nov. 8. Vote for your own self-interest. Vote for the betterment of your community and your country. Vote for your children and your grandchildren. Vote for people of high moral character. Vote as if your life depends upon it – because it does.

Respectfully submitted,

Randi Gross

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