Good-Bye GOP

Good-Bye GOP

Black and White Chess-long goodbye

Last Presidential election it was about making history. I cried that night because finally America cast aside its prejudice and racism and voted for a man, not based on his skin color, but on who he was as a man. I was so proud, so grateful that in my lifetime I saw the struggles of my parent’s generation fighting for civil rights and equality come to fruition.
On Nov. 6th I know there will be more tears but this time those tears are for different reasons. This time those tears are because this election isn’t about President Obama, this election is about the rights of women in this country. Political pundits and candidates can scream it is about jobs, the economy, wars, and healthcare but it is the women of this country who have been attacked by you over and over for the last couple of years.

I never imagined on that last November 6th in 2008 that what has happened in our country would have happened. I never imagined there would be such blatant attacks against me, my daughter, my mother, and my friends. I never imagined that minorities and our youth would have a calculated plan launched against them and us to keep our votes, and our voices, from being heard. I never imagined that the misogynist, racist, homophobic attitudes we have endured would be so rampant and in our faces.

Maybe I was living in a world that I had created in my mind but I thought in 2008 that Americans loud and clear in one voice said – we are moving forward. We are moving beyond racism, beyond bigotry, beyond all those chains from our past that had weighed us as a country down. I was wrong.

The same day we celebrated the historic moving forward of our country there were those leaders in the republican party who met and put a plan together to obstruct legislation and prevent our country from moving forward. Those individuals, those elected officials made a decision to divide our country. They made the choice to bring to the surface and the mainstream the extremist views of radical religious extremist, the radical extremist racist, and the radical extremist misogynist. Men, and women, who were elected by the people of America to be Statesmen and Stateswomen made the CHOICE to divide our country.

In the last four years these “leaders” in the republican party have done nothing to move our country forward but instead they have done everything to obstruct, defeat, and marginalize the President of the United States and take the women in this country back to the 1950s and in some cases the 18th century.

You have disrespected the Office of the President of the United States, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House. Even worse though, you have disrespected the majority of the citizens of our country. You have disrespected the women in this country. You have allowed those within your party to disrespect the American people who believe that a society moving forward, working together for the betterment of all, is the solution to becoming a better society.

I love my country. I am proud to be an American. However, I am ashamed of the party that was my own. I am ashamed of the party that use to be inclusive of different views and allowed for CIVIL public discourse and debate. You have allowed the party to be taken over by fear-mongering, racist, misogynist, homophobic, religious extremist. I do not believe that all within the republican party are this way but I do believe that not only have you allowed the extremist within the party to take over but you have catered to those extremist views of the loud, vocal, minority within the party.

This is it America. The choice before us is clear. There is no melding of ideas or platforms. Each campaign has vastly different views on how this country should be governed. One, the republicans, believe in taking us back to the times of the past both economically and socially. The other party, the Democrats, believe in moving us forward into the 21st century.

There is nothing else to say except this –

  • Do you believe that women should have the right to make decisions about our own bodies?
  • Do you believe that women deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work?
  • Do you believe that anyone who falls in love with another person has the right to marry that person?
  • Do you believe that EVERYONE deserves EQUAL protection under the law?
  • Do you believe that ALL Americans should have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
  • Do you believe that ALL Americans have the right to EQUALITY for ALL?
  • Do you believe that corporations are not people, special interest and PACS and those with the most wealth in our country do not have the right to have more political or economic power and influence than the regular everyday America?
  • Do you believe that ALL Americans have the right to practice whatever religion they choose and that religion has no place in our political process?

If you answered yes to those questions then there is no confusion about who your choice for President, for Senator, or for Congress should be. The only choice is a Democrat. If you don’t agree with those things and think ALL AMERICANS do NOT deserve the same rights then vote republican.

However, let me say this – those who vote against Equality for ALL Americans – your time is limited. You are NOT the majority in this country. No matter what happens next Tuesday know this – the republican party is dying.

It is not the Grand Old Party any longer. You may have some that win next Tuesday but those of us who have been awakened from our slumber will continue to shed light on your lies, your bigotry, your racism, your elitism, your homophobic attitudes, and your manipulation of the American people. Every day more and more people are waking up in this country and we will continue to awaken our fellow citizens.

You will not silence us.

This is the end of the road for us. This is the end of the road for me. You see I am a republican Woman. I will be voting November 6th, 2012 for President Obama. I will be voting for every single Democrat on my ballot. I am not the only one. I can name about 25 republicans right now off the top of my head that I know personally who are doing the same thing.

You see this isn’t about voting the black man out of the White House, like so many of your fellow republicans are doing, this is about voting for the American People. This is about voting for the rights of ALL American People not just for the few. This is about believing that ALL Americans deserve Equality and Protection under the Law, not just the 1% and the extremists in our country.

By the way republicans, after the election, I will be changing my party affiliation to the party that believes in moving our country forward, as well as in equality for ALL Americans, and does not use politics and legislation as a weapon against American citizens. Your time is over.

Sincerely,
An American Woman Who Just Happened to Be republican

* republican has purposefully not been capitalized because I will not show respect for a party that has made a mission in the last several years to attack women and other citizens in this country*

 

About Renee Davis Renee Davis is the National Alliance Director for UniteWomen.org. After spending the first part of her adult life in a career as nurse, she went back to school to start a second career following her passion of History and Women’s Studies and will be graduating from McNeese State University in Louisiana in May 2013. Renee comes from a line of strong women who have fought for women’s rights and equality over four generations and has passed that same fierce passion and determination onto her own daughter and her son.

 

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