Near the end of World War II, in an act of fanatical desperation the Japanese employed a tactic of deliberate suicide against Allied ships; they came to be called Kamikaze.
These young Japanese pilots acted as sacrificial dive bombers and died in vain like sheep to the slaughterhouse, all for the good of the ruling class and the emperor. To this day experts try to unravel the political psychology employed to convince the Japanese that sacrificing their lives and future was somehow a noble cause and the cry, “Long live the Emperor” was worth dying for.
World War II is in the past, but is there an equivalent to the Kamikaze in the Republican psyche today? Why would someone vote for a party that consistently attacks their own financial security.
It is sheer suicide for any public employee or retiree on Social Security and Medicare or woman that cares about her equality to vote for a Republican. Could these misguided voters that cast their ballot for a Republican just be another form of Kamikaze and like lambs to the slaughter give the Republicans the power they need to destroy the financial security of young and old alike?
All public employees, especially teachers, police, and firemen have been targeted by the Republicans. Attacks on their collective bargaining rights, attacks on their pensions, and attacks on their health benefits is a core GOP strategy. Republicans have used an army of bankruptcy attorneys to find ways to allow municipalities and states to cut financial obligations to retirees and void existing contracts. Republicans have openly advocated bankruptcy as a means to strip retirees of their pensions and benefits. Why then would any public employee become a political kamikaze and vote for a Republican that seeks to destroy all they have worked for in their lives, including the future financial security of their families?
And those retirees on Social Security and Medicare, the Republicans have over and over again attacked these vital programs. How many times will the Republicans propose privatization of Social Security and vouchers for Medicare before you realize that there is a GOP burglar at your door that wants to take everything you value and drive you to the poorhouse? If there is a burglar at your door you don’t unlock the door with your vote and let him in, instead you protect yourself and your family. These Republicans are not Ronald Reagan, Reagan wanted to preserve Social Security, the Republicans today want to destroy Social Security and you with it, don’t help them by voting them in.
Women, please, listen to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright when she says to you; “I can't understand why any woman would want to vote for Mitt Romney, except maybe Mrs. Romney." Romney is a relic of a bygone era in which women were subservient to men. Romney expects women to put their career ambitions aside and has never once spoken out in support of equal pay for equal work. Don’t allow the Republicans to drive women back into the Dark Ages, vote for your rights and the future of your daughters. Don’t commit political suicide by voting for a Republican.
Don’t be like the World War II Kamikaze’s that sacrificed their future for the good of the ruling class and emperor, don’t sacrifice your vote for a Republican with the cry, “Long live the Billionaires”. Vote for yourself and vote for the future financial security of your family. Vote for the Democratic Party.
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