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October 31st, 2012

What will you do on this very important election day?

Lillie Howard
November 6, 2012 will go down in history as one of the most divisive and electrifying days this country has ever experienced. Why? Because that is the day that will decide whether this country will be heading backward or forward. Which direction will you vote for? Before you make that decision, allow me to share with you some information that may help you choose what I believe to be the right direction.

This is some of what President Obama inherited when he took office in 2009, none of which was his fault:

• The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression
• A healthcare system that was failing
• A huge financial deficit from the Bush administration
• Two wars; one of which was mishandled from the start and another that was unnecessary and immoral
• A country that had been misled into accepting the use of torture on prisoners of war
• A failing educational system
• America’s standing in the world was at the lowest point in history
• A country so divided ideologically that it is more like two countries
• Claims that he wasn’t a real American and didn’t even have an American birth certificate

Republican’s claimed that he would be a one-term president and did everything they could to make sure this would happen. Wow!
Despite all of this, President Obama was able to forge ahead and accomplish a lot:

• The very first bill President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was a major step forward for women’s equality
• 1.3 million jobs created with no GOP help
• Brought an end to the war in Iraq
• 22 months of job and economic growth
• Repealed “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”
• An Unemployment rate of 7.8
• Caught Osama bin Laden
• Not one tax hike in 3 years
• Saved the auto industry and 1.5 million jobs
• Mortgage modification to save homeowners’ homes
• Still fighting for middle class families
• Did what had to be done to start the slow, torturous and almost impossible process of health care reform that seven presidents had failed to even begin
• Was the only president to receive the Nobel Peace Prize while in office
• Freed hostages in Somali
• Restored America’s image around the globe
• Stood up for educational reform
• Showed that he could not only make the tough military choices but explain and defend them brilliantly

I could go on and on with so much more that President Obama has accomplished, but I don’t have the space. The bottom line is this: if you don’t want to wake up on November 7th with a heartache, you’d better make sure that you go out on Tuesday, November 6th and vote for President Obama. Otherwise, you’d better fasten your seat belts for what the following years will bring.

President Obama has survived these past four tumultuous years against all odds and therefore it’s our responsibility to show him just how appreciative we are by giving him another four years to continue what he has started.

If candidate Romney wins this election, he will just shower billionaires with more huge tax breaks, oppose setting a timeline to bring our troops home from Afghanistan, starve all investments in clean energy research, and make it harder for students to afford to go to college. He’d also outlaw a woman’s right to choose and completely cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

I don’t think that anyone believes the re-election of President Obama means the end of racism in this country, but hopefully it will bring a new beginning and a serious discussion about what being Black in America really means.

Remember to go out on Tuesday, November 6th and let your vote make a difference! Once again, I ask, “What are you going to do on election day and what will you feel like on the day after?” Seriously think on that!

This is Lillie’s Point of View!

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