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Can I get everyone's objective opinion on this please? Thank you.

I'm going to write a letter to the editor for my local paper (Beaver Dam Daily Citizen, Beaver Dam, WI), and may also do this as well for the largest papers in Wisconsin, too.

Here's what I intend to submit to my local paper tomorrow:

In 18 days, we head to the polls to cast our vote for the President. And probably about 95% of us will be voting for either President Obama, or Governor Mitt Romney.

However, the fact is that NEITHER of these two men have done a single thing to deserve the votes most will give them.

Under Obama, we have seen the “Nobel Peace Prize” winner further expand our military adventurism around the globe, and WITHOUT proper Congressional approval for these actions. We have seen the debt ceiling raised multiple times, because our debt gets larger. We have seen continued and further erosion of our liberties with the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, and the signing of the NDAA which allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens WITHOUT due process. We have seen the further deterioration of our economy, further debasing of our currency, and rule by executive order. We have also seen criminal misconduct by Attorney General Eric Holder on the infamous “Fast and Furious” program that has led to his being found in Contempt of Congress for his lack of transparency. An American teenager suspected of nothing is dead today because of the drone strikes authorized by this President as well. There are dead diplomats as well that should be alive.

With Governor Romney, however, it gets no better; his proposals will only expand our military footprint even further than we have now, his budget plans will NOT shrink our unsustainable debt, and will in fact make it even bigger, EVEN IF he follows the plan of Rep. Paul Ryan. Ryan’s proposals cut NOTHING, balance no budgets for approximately three decades, and even with that, it takes unrealistic growth for the entire time in order to achieve that. Romney ALSO will continue on with the tradition of cronyism as our economic philosophy, just as Obama has. He supports many of the same legislation Obama has, such as the NDAA and the Patriot Act, amongst MANY others. The author of the Obama Care taxpayer-subsidized health insurance program for Massachusetts is NOT about to “repeal and replace” this bill. Why would he? HE WROTE IT! He also supports through his policies a continued level of debt and currency debasement, and has spoken often in support of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his counterfeiting policies. He supported the bailouts of the banks (TARP), and the auto industry. This speaks nothing of the funny business committed at the hands of the RNC and Team Romney during the 2012 Primary/Caucus cycle. And I haven’t even begun to address the constant change of positions on most issues by the Governor as well. He’s been on all sides of most every issue.

If neither man will follow the restrictions placed on them by the Constitution – the very document they will swear to “defend, protect, and uphold” – then NEITHER man deserves our support in November. There are other choices on the ballot; please study them, consider them, and pick someone you feel deserves your vote!

I'm capped out at 500 words for submission, and this currently has 500 words. I'm feeling good about it, but if anyone has other ideas to make this letter even better, than I'd love to hear them.

Thank you in advance.



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It's Washington that's doing it, not us

"Under Obama, we have seen the “Nobel Peace Prize” winner further expand our military adventurism around the globe,"

The word "our" should be replaced with "Washington's."

Just a suggestion...

Romney has made it plain that

Romney has made it plain that he will let Israel declare our wars. If Israel attacks Iran Romney will order our military into the war without bothering to get any declaration from congress. That is the one policy of his that I am confident he will not flip flop on.

If Israel wants a war with Iran they can have one. But the United States should stay the hell out.

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Badger State Dave

Great Job!!!
Am wondering if you could possibly forward this to the Random Lake Sounder... Gary J. Feider, editor: editor@thesounder.com
I've just written an article re wind turbines and believe i've taken my quota at that newspaper.
btw: wind tubines have as much credibility as Lucifer

“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”

– Thomas Jefferson

no you can not get that

you could get SOME people's SUBJECTIVE opinions, though...

Great work!! peAce

Great work!!

peAce

Liberty = Responsibility

Ship it!

It is good as it is - get your words out there for the paper-reading masses.

It might be nice if...

you could squeeze in the fact that only about 40 percent of eligible voters vote, and that given the current options the portion of the 60 percent who do not participate because they recognize there would be absolutely no meaning to their doing so is only going to increase.

Try to

shorten it up.

Great letter, but jes soos ya

Great letter, but jes soos ya no..."Objective Opinion" is an oxymoron my eloquent friend.

;-)

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

Re Eric Holder

Great letter. I would highlight the historical precedent of the Contempt. Also since (per Wikipedia) in September 2012 the Justice Department’s Inspector General cleared Holder of wrong doing, stating there was “no evidence” that Holder knew about Fast and Furious before early 2011, I think it’s more relevant to tie the word “criminal” directly with the Contempt so as not to infer other misconduct. You can make a statement with as much impact while being more precise about the use of “criminal.” A technicality, but it speaks to greater credibility since the Contempt by itself is a criminal offense.

Suggested wording: (historical significance is mentioned in Wikipedia)

Also the infamous “Fast and Furious” program left its historical mark for lack of transparency. in June 2012 Attorney General Eric Holder became the first sitting member of a president’s cabinet in US history to be held in Contempt of Congress with the passage of a criminal contempt resolution; the vote was 255 to 67.

Very good. A few comma

Very good. A few comma errors, and take out the CAPS. Your argument is better without the textual equivalent of YELLING!

Good job!

The debt ceiling is not a

The debt ceiling is not a ceiling if it keeps getting raised. Continuously raising the debt ceiling is an oxymoron and you should point that out to the readers. I think that's an important bipartisan point.

Point out that he wants to increase defense spending even though Obama has already increased it since Bush, and that this position contradicts Romney's budget proposal because it is impossible to sustain such a thing without tax increases, or deficit spending.
I know you already said that but I think you should be more descriptive about Romney's lies and contradictions for his supporters.

Hopefully some readers will be woken up by your article. Great job!

Rii$iing Debt$,

+1. yes, rising debt is the biggest problem. Even if you stop ALL spending the debts will still rise, because of usury, i.e. the interest on loans, that keep increasing with time. It$ a magical trick.

The solution lies in disconnecting the clock from the bank's computer.

Change some things...

Here is how I would re-write it... if you would allow my take on how it should be written...

In 18 days, we head to the polls to cast our vote for the President. And about 95% of us will be voting for either President Obama, or Governor Romney.

However, the fact is that NEITHER of these two men have done a single thing to deserve the votes most Americans will give them.

Under Obama, we have seen the “Nobel Peace Prize” winner further expand our military adventurism around the globe, and without proper Congressional approval for his actions. We have seen the debt ceiling raised multiple times, because our debt is not controlled. We have seen continued and further erosion of our liberties with the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, and the signing of the NDAA which allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without due process. We have seen the further deterioration of our economy, further devaluation of our currency, and rule by executive order. We have also seen criminal misconduct by Attorney General Eric Holder on the infamous “Fast and Furious” program that has led to his being found in Contempt of Congress for his lack of transparency. An American teenager suspected of nothing is dead today because of the drone strikes authorized by our current President. There are dead diplomats that would be alive today if it weren't for the actions of the current administration.

With Governor Romney, however, it gets no better; his proposals will only expand our military footprint even further, his budget plans will fail to shrink our unsustainable debt, even if he follows the plan of Rep. Paul Ryan. Ryan’s proposals cut nothing, balance no budgets for approximately three decades, and even with that, it takes unrealistic growth in this country for the entire time to achieve balance. Romney also will continue on with the tradition of cronyism as our economic philosophy, following in Obama's footsteps. He supports many of the same legislation Obama has, such as the NDAA and the Patriot Act, amongst many others. The author of the Obama Care taxpayer-subsidized health insurance program for Massachusetts is not about to “repeal and replace” this bill. Why would he? He wrote it! He also supports through his policies a continued level of debt and currency devaluation, and has spoken often in support of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his counterfeiting policies. He supported the bailouts of the banks (TARP), and the auto industry. This speaks nothing of the numerous underhanded tactics committed at the hands of the RNC and Team Romney during the 2012 Primary/Caucus cycle. And I haven’t even begun to address his constant change of positions, as he has been on both sides of almost every issue.

If neither man will follow the restrictions placed on them by the Constitution – the very document they will swear to “defend, protect, and uphold” – then NEITHER man deserves our support in November. There are OTHER choices on the ballot; please study them, consider them, and pick someone you feel deserves your vote!

Nice!

This is a little more refined and easier to read.

Pearls before swine

The vast majority of Americans are too stupid to understand what you wrote. The rest of us are already on board. Your letter will be like a fart in the wind, nobody will notice or care. Not a single person will be persuaded by it and change their mind.

Sorry to let you know that half of American have below average intelligence and average is not too good to start with.

Dr. Paul Changed a Few Minds!

You could be saying that Dr. Paul did not change any minds. I don't agree.

you might as well mention Michael Chertoff

Romney's National Security Advisor co-wrote the Patriot Act and is the head of the body scanner lobby.

Also, take out some of the caps and rant sentences ("I haven't even begun to address ...")

Just my opinion :) Good work.

I've seen some good ideas here to work with

For those asking, yes. Use this as you see fit.

I'll look at fine tuning it a bit more tonight. Shorten it up, more encouragement of third parties, etc.

I wasn't necessarily taking a for/against stand on Johnson, but I am personally considering him, along with Goode, and write-in for Paul.

Suggestions

I agree with two comments that I read below and will add a third of my own.

1) Consider making the accusatory paragraphs more concsise, perhaps including only the criticisms of the candidates that you think will resonate with the broadest swath of voters.
2) Change the "95%" remark to something approximately closer to the true number of voters to show how many individuals don't even bother to vote. I have always used this statistic in the same way it had been taught to me, that is, as a sign of why it is important to exercise your right to vote. I have come to see that it is also a sign of how broken the political system is. Perhaps say something like "Of the third of us that will even participate in this sad election as voters, 95% will likely vote for..."
3) With the words you save from condenscing the accusatory paragraphs, explain to people why it isn't a "terrible waste of a vote" to stay home on election day or vote third party. The most common objection to third party voting that I hear is that to vote third party is to throw away your vote. Explain to people that if you continually vote based on party, you will only consolidate party hegemony over the government; if you continually vote for the lesser of two evils, you will continue to get candidates characterized by being "lesser" and "evil;" and if the two-party system cannot be changed from within, by one of the two parties, then it is time to take it upon yourself to effect the change by refusing to vote for more of the same.

Otherwise, great letter and kudos on taking the time to be vocal. I struggle to balance my desire to shout out from the hilltops and educate the people with my firm belief that we are sliding uncontrollably on an icy slope towards serfdom, and the only thing that I can do is prepare myself (sometimes I don't even think preparations will be worth anything).

Good luck!

Unlearning and self-teaching since 2008. Thanks, Dr. Paul!

Very Thoughtful Comments.

I agree that pointing out how few will vote and impose their will on everyone else is a good thing. I would also encourage those who haven't voted in the past, and don't intend to do so this time because they think it doesn't matter, to come out and vote against the two major party candidates.

This idea won't appeal to many but I have decided, for the first time in my life, to not vote for any Republican or Democrat for any office. I can't give tacit approval to either party.

Mind if we copy this?

We could all send to our local newspapers. I'll send it to the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.

What do you think of this? www.theonlinemarket.org

Voting for evil is... evil

Gary Johnson 2012!

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That what I keep telling people.

And it falls on deaf ears.

Most people...

Most people only dislike "evil" if it harms them. If it benefits them, they embrace it. Obamaromney has convinced the voters that his brand of "evil" will help them be safe so the voters embrace the evil since they see being "safe" and a benefit to them and therefore they will vote for more "evil."

Reply

from the newspaper.

'Sir, you have mentioned that "NEITHER of these two men have done a single thing to deserve the votes most will give them." Well, I still do not see your point here 1) voters still can vote for whomever they want; 2) I know, I know, you would talk about voting machines: a) what about time before voting machines?; b) we do not have direct democracy - Electoral College elects presidents, not people.

And by the way, in a constitutional republic, Electoral College is okay. But republic cannot overrule the majority for eternity. Just poll Americans if they want to follow the constitution to the letter or not. Most do not.'

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awesome letter, let us know

awesome letter, let us know if it gets printed

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"

Too long. Your opening and

Too long. Your opening and ending are fine, but I'd restrict the criticisms to 3 apiece. That's more than enough to display your disgust without losing readers in the weeds.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

Target audience?

When writing for a certain publication or for a certain purpose, it's critical to consider your audience and what message resonates most with them. Wisconsin is a battleground state (politically mixed views) and readership for newspapers is likely a 40+ crowd (mature). I would think a mature crowd of this sort are the political independents who already aren't really satisfied with either option, but will likely vote Obama/Romney anyway for whatever reason ("lesser of two evils", "want vote to count", etc.)

At the end, you ask that the reader to look into third party candidates, which I would presume is your goal with writing the article - and I would wager that you're particularly interested in getting people to vote Gary Johnson. I would just come out and say this in the beginning, and then proceed to make a case for Johnson as a candidate they could be proud to vote for, which I think is more compelling than giving reasons to not vote for Obama/Romney.

Personally, the thing that turned me on to Libertarianism was the ideas of freedom, liberty, equality, and tolerance. I didn't need someone to convince me the status quo was bad - I needed to be presented a good alternative. I think that's simply what a lot of people need.

Anyhow, as a fellow Wisconsin resident, I wish you the best and hope your article gets printed!

You can't get an objective

You can't get an objective opinion... Opinions are subjective.