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What's at stake in this election?

If my uncle Al were alive today, even he would be taken aback by the brazen actions of the Republican Party. Al was a small business owner in Sauk City, who believed in the common good while supporting Republican business policies.

Today's Republican Party initiatives are not just an exercise in conservatism, but, instead, a move to the extreme right, an attack on democratic institutions and blatant disregard of the personal rights of citizens. The views and policies put forward by a solid core of Republican senators, representatives and candidates shed light on what is in store if Romney wins the White House and Republicans win the Senate.

The war on women would just be a start. The open and blatant attacks on the rights of rape victims should startle any sensible person about the dark cloud of perverse thinking dominating the Republican Party.

Mitt Romney may have been a moderate conservative in the past. But today he is an opportunist channeling the most extreme social ideologies and draconian economic proposals that put European austerity to shame.

This is no longer just a debate between slight variations in politics. The policies that amplify what's at stake can be seen in a coordinated attempt to restrict voting rights largely for people of color, attacks on women's right to control their bodies, an end to the safety net for the poor and elderly, anti-unionism directed both at the public sector and the private sector, xenophobia toward immigrants by embracing Arizona's Act 1070 and saber rattling in national affairs.

Don't forget that this same Mitt Romney railed against spending for FEMA, saying it was "immoral" for the U.S. to spend money on disaster relief when it should be focused on deficit reduction.

Right now America is within the margin of error of experiencing a siege of power by extremism. The Tea Party House representatives elected in 2010 did not move to the center or attempt to compromise to get work done in Washington for the American people. Instead, they vowed to block Obama and proceeded to flood the legislative process with extreme proposals on everything from changing the definition of rape to ending Roe v. Wade to blocking job creation to ending Medicare.

If these same people are given full reign of government, the American people will suffer significantly.

Please join me in doing everything we can these final days to stop that from happening.

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Myke | Nov. 5, 2012 at 9:14 a.m. (report)

34599 Larry if your uncle Al was still alive he would probably still be Republican like the vast majority of us small business people are.The demonrats have no place for us, except to pick our pockets. As far as the war on women goes, abortion, with the murder of millions of female babies & life long scars on the mother, is the real war on women.

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blurondo | Nov. 4, 2012 at 4:22 p.m. (report)

On October 23, 2010, at the height of the most serious threat to the future of the country, Mitch McConnell, the second ranking member of the US Senate said, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." With that plan of action, how can anyone hold the president responsible for the current state of the economy? McConnell's statement borders on treason if not total dereliction of duty. In the midst of crisis, he decided to thwart any attempts to assist in righting the economy.

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TheyThink | Nov. 3, 2012 at 10:37 a.m. (report)

Larry, I almost feel bad for you. You are so completely misinformed it's not even funny. Is it even possible for you to step away from the fever swamps of the left and actually look, without a grossly jaded eye, at a candidate? Or have you gone so far off the deep end that there's no hope for you?

As Alton Benes said when describing his writing: "Drivel!"

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