The economy is slowly recovering from the 2008 meltdown, and the country could suffer another recession if the wrong policies take hold. The United States is embroiled in unstable regions that could easily explode into full-blown disaster. An ideological assault from the right has started to undermine the vital health reform law passed in 2010. Those forces are eroding women’s access to health care, and their right to control their lives. Nearly 50 years after passage of the Civil Rights Act, all Americans’ rights are cheapened by the right wing’s determination to deny marriage benefits to a selected group of us. Astonishingly, even the very right to vote is being challenged.
That is the context for the Nov. 6 election, and as stark as it is, the choice is just as clear.
President Obama has shown a firm commitment to using government to help
foster growth. He has formed sensible budget policies that are not
dedicated to protecting the powerful, and has worked to save the social
safety net to protect the powerless. Mr. Obama has impressive
achievements despite the implacable wall of refusal erected by
Congressional Republicans so intent on stopping him that they risked
pushing the nation into depression, held its credit rating hostage, and
hobbled economic recovery.