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"Second Amendment Solutions": Why Everyone MUST Vote

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America is concluding the first election in history where the winners could be a Republican Party dominated by goons who beat up political opponents at campaign events, handcuff reporters at public meetings, shout down members of Congress while pointing guns at them at town meetings, dress up like the Nazi Waffen SS as a Republican candidate for Congress regularly does, and threaten to wallpaper the White House with subpoenas and restore a new age of McCarthyism if they win control of the Congress.

I am not referring to isolated right-wing bloggers or even right-wing talk show hosts whose attacks lead to death threats and criminal attacks against patriotic Americans they publicly demean.

I am referring to Republican candidates for high office on the ballot today, would-be Republican committee chairmen in a Republican Congress, and Republican leaders who foment the politics of hate and kowtow to rightist elements who are far outside the mainstream of American tradition.

In a new Washington Post ABC poll, if the election were decided by registered voters, the Democrats would win by substantial margin of 49-44%. The notion that America is turning to the right is a fraud perpetrated by the right, pushed by Republicans, repeated like parrots by the mainstream media. If everybody votes, Democrats win.

That is real the fact. Anything else is the big lie, no matter how often it is repeated by every pundit.

In the Washington Post poll, if the election is decided by likely voters, Republicans win 49-45. In short, the election would not be won by Republicans, but lost by Democrats, liberals, and moderates who do not vote.

Everyone must vote. The stakes are enormous.

The outcome is far from certain even if every smartass insider tells you otherwise. All they do is talk to each other and predict yesterday's news. Everyone must vote. You can make tomorrow's news.

Something is happening in America, and it must be stopped. It was Sharron Angle, Republican opponent of Sen. Harry Reid, who said it straight:

Angle said that America's problems may need Second Amendment remedies. She means, not even in code, solving political issues by using guns against political opponents.

The Republican candidate for Senator from Kentucky has supporters who pin down, beat up, and put their boots on the face of a young women. The Republican candidate for Senator from Alaska hires private militia to handcuff a writer. The Republican candidate for governor of New York starts a virtual fistfight with a reporter and threatens to "take him out". A Republican candidate for Congress from Ohio who dresses up like the Nazi Waffen SS.

Just watch:

The former Republican Speaker of the House accuses Democrats of being unpatriotic, communists, and friendly to Islamic terrorists. The man who would be chairman of the House Investigations Committee promises a Nixonian abuse of power if Republicans win, pledging to abuse the subpoena power to persecute the President, White House staff, Democrats, and their friends and allies.

They run television ads with black and brown faces in the most demeaning and offensive ways, appealing to bigotry. They run ads trying to make white voters afraid of Hispanics, while they run ads telling Hispanics not to vote.

In the U.S. Senate they literally destroy the democratic system by filibustering against every bill, in a direct attack against majority rule.

Dozens of members of Congress have been shouted down at town meetings by radical rightists brandishing guns pointed at elected officials, using tactics reminiscent of a different country in a different era.

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