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Proof in the pudding


Ron Landmann gave an accurate image of the newly disillusioned GOP.

The party of "personal responsibility" is not taking responsibility again.

The claim that President Obama won because he was giving free ice cream is coming from a group that is battered and bruised after they were so sure that they represented the true America. They are acting like sore losers.

Let's me clarify something. This election was not about getting free things. This was a referendum on the concept that until the GOP can stop alienating every voting bloc except "old, white and wealthy," they will not win an election on a national scale.

The majority of the nation didn't just vote for Democrats. They were voting against a party that has become the party of exclusion and consistently disenfranchises minorities. Let's all be honest here.

They disenfranchise Hispanics on immigration reform; homosexuals by insisting they are second-class citizens with second-class rights; and women by trying to eliminate a woman's right to make choices about her own body. Also, let's not forget the GOP's inability to not make outrageous gaffes about rape.

But, where does this leave the Republican Party? It seems that they are now locked in a civil war, of sorts.

The battle for the GOP has pitted the ultraconservatives against the moderates. Will Rush Limbaugh become the party head? Or, will they be able to bring back the days of Eisenhower and Lincoln?

You must understand that the majority of America does not want to become "America Inc." at the cost of what we believe makes us American.

"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" Mark 8:36.

I am no religious man, but the value of those words is immense.

We are not willing to sacrifice our fellow man to help those who already have the means to help themselves. Michelle Obama phrased it perfectly. "And he [Obama] believes that when you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity - you do not slam it shut behind you, you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed."

I am no less proud to be an American than you and I am no less responsible for my own decisions. But, I am part of a group that voted for inclusion and decided that it was better to accept all people, and let them decide what to do with their own lives.

A group that took to heart that "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

We welcome all, but we will fight for everyone's rights. We will fight for a gay couple's right to marry and adopt a child and we will fight for a woman's right to make decisions about her own health. We are going to be taken seriously, and if you don't believe us, well - look at the 2012 Electoral College and popular vote results. The proof is in the pudding.

Michael Avila


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The Record Courier Updated Dec 11, 2012 04:35PM Published Dec 11, 2012 04:34PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.