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October 18, 2012

Letter: Election seen as a rematch of the ideals of 1936

To the Editor;

As the clock winds down on this seemingly endless campaign cycle, one thing that has become clear to me, with the nation almost evenly divided into Obama and Romney camps, is many members of both camps have come to view this election in almost apocalyptic terms.

In many people’s eyes, if the “other guy” wins, all is lost.

More than a few on the right, including a county judge in West Texas who is the leader of a large Tea Party faction there, have publicly called for the taking up of arms if President Obama is re-elected.

People should remember that, in 2010, more than a few Republican/Tea Party campaign events and rallies, especially in the South and West, were full of signs that read, “By Ballot or Bullet, Restoration is Coming” and “If Ballots Don’t Work, Bullets Will.”

On the left, many believe a Romney victory will result in a draconian slashing, if not outright elimination, of many important social programs and the “safety net,” even greater disparities in wealth and income, and a society that will look increasingly like the old “Banana Republics” of Central America where there were — and in some countries still are — just two classes of people, the very rich and the very poor. All of that, of course, would be done in the name of reducing taxes on the already rich in the U.S. still further, even though overall tax rates in the U.S. are at historic lows.

That vision may not be so far off the mark, given that, over the last 32 years — with all but 12 of those years dominated fiscally by the Friedman/Pinochet/Kemp/Reagan/Bush/Romney/Ryan theory of “supply side economics” — the disparities in income and wealth in the U.S. have already reached levels, per capita, like those seen in countries such as Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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