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GOP alienated too many voters

I can explain to the crying conservatives why their candidate for the presidency lost. The GOP went out of their way to make sure that we knew that the party was not “liberal,” and while doing so they “dissed” most of America.

There were attacks on women who believe that birth control should be part of Obamacare, with no co-pay for the prescription. There were attacks on women who have chosen abortion over a lifetime commitment. There were attacks on Planned Parenthood, even though most women and men who have used it have only received medical care or birth control (Planning Parenthood).

There were attacks on Hispanics and blacks, by way of shutting off early voting in counties where minorities live. There were attacks on gay Americans and their families. There was a specific attack on 47 percent of Americans even though that included people who receive Social Security benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, food stamps, etc.

You may not have known Mitt Romney was talking about you, but he was if you receive any of these benefits. According to him, you’re a taker. You can’t win the presidency by attacking Americans.

Deborah Lawrence Hale



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