I believe all elections are a referendum on what kind of people we are and what kind of people we want to be, and the November elections are no exception.
I am especially focused on the Congressional race in my district which pits Democrat Brad Schneider against incumbent Republican Robert Dold.
A vote for Congressman Dold is a vote to keep Republicans in control
of the House of Representatives and a continuation of abhorrent practices such as imposed inequality (marriage is rationed only to those approved by the GOP) and militant opposition to compromise as a solution to an electorate that is evenly split on nearly every issue.
As a veteran and a citizen who believes in national service for all,
I am also disgusted with a Congress that loves to wage war and unleash American might on perceived enemies of the country, but also opposes paying for war in any way other than sacrificing women and children.
For these reasons, I am backing challenger Brad Schneider, who has taken moderate positions on key issues, from equality to pragmatic solutions to our difficult economic situation.
Am I better off than I was four years ago? Absolutely. The national
economy has come back from the brink of failure, the stock market is trading thousands of points higher than it was in 2008, my tax rate is the lowest in the industrialized world, Osama bin Laden is dead, we are out of Iraq, and we have a reasonable time table for getting out of Afghanistan.
Electing Brad Schneider to Congress will help us continue to recover economically and socially from the radical excesses of the Republican Party.