My Republican opponent wants to kill you.
Now, I know what you're thinking. Oh great, another politician using hyperbole to try and get their point across. And I don't blame you for thinking that. In this day and age, politicians do use exaggerated claims and even fake news to try and get their point across. But, I can assure you that in this particular case, what I'm saying is, in fact, the truth and I can prove it to you right here.
Allow me to explain.
My opponent in this race is a Trump Republican. What that means is he a member of the president's political party. He may have differences of opinions here and there in terms of policy, but for the most part my opponent believes exactly what our president believes. We know this because if my opponent didn't agree with the president then surely he would have spoken up and said something. Unless my opponent was too scared to do so and my opponent doesn't strike me as someone who would be afraid to speak his mind. Therefore, it's safe to assume that my opponent, by and large, agrees with the president.
So what do these agreements mean for the people here in our district? First off, as a Trump Republican, my opponent is in support of the new American Heath Care Act as a way to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This is something my opponent and his party have been wanting to do for seven years now. The problem for people here in our district is that this proposed replacement would actually decrease the both the quality and affordability of health care for the overwhelming majority of people. In fact, other than the wealthiest members of our district, hardly anybody would benefit from this new bill. As someone who is expected to represent all members of his district, I cannot see how my opponent can, in good conscience, support this legislation.
Because this legislation makes life worse for the majority of people right here at home as thousands of people will lose the affordable coverage they attained via the Affordable Care Act. Folks here, especially our seniors on medicare, will be forced to pay significantly more for health insurance. When that happens, people have to make tough choices. Our seniors, especially our low-income seniors can't be expected to pay significantly more for health insurance with the same income they're making now. If it gets to that point, that is when our seniors are forced to give up health care as it simply becomes unaffordable. When that happens, our seniors are unable to go to the doctor's office for yearly checkups and other services. Tragically, some of these people will become sick and even die because they cannot afford to see a doctor.
But it's not just our seniors that my Republican opponent wants to kill. He also is perfectly content to kill our working class brothers and sisters. Because like our seniors, our working class brothers and sisters also rely on affordable health care for basic services. But more than simply visiting a doctor's office, our working class brothers and sisters also rely on community health centers like Planned Parenthood for both basic and preventative services. My opponent here supports defunding this organization and in doing so would take away a huge community resource for reproductive health, cancer screenings, and sexual education. Like our seniors, these folks would suffer immensely should they not have access to these kinds of health services. Should my opponent succeed in closing our local Planned Parenthood location, there will inevitably be our working class brothers and sisters who will be unable to receive preventative services that this location offers. Tragically, some of these people will miss out on a diagnosis and will become sick and even die because they won't be able to either afford health care or they won't' be able to travel vast distances to receive these services elsewhere.
Now, I realize that not everyone here in our community is a senior or part of the working class. Unfortunately, those two groups aren't the only ones that my Republican opponent wants to kill. He also is more than happy to endanger our communities of color starting with the fact that my opponent has consistently voted against common sense gun control measures. At a time when 90% of Americans support mandatory background checks, my opponent is choosing to side with 10% of Americans that do not. In other words, he believes that we should do nothing to address the issue of gun violence here in our community. In taking this view, my opponent has sat idly by while our own community members have been shot and killed due to gun violence. It is not a figure of speech when I say that my opponent literally has blood on his hands.
Yet my opponent is not content to simply hurt our communities of color by refusing to address the issue of gun violence. My opponent also refuses to recognize the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement. This is a movement that has raised valid issues here in our own community and they are issues that my opponent refuses to address. In refusing to acknowledge these issues, my opponent has maintained the false narrative that there is nothing wrong with the police-community relationship. When that happens, he fails to recognize the concerns of a large segment of our community and makes them feel unwelcome. By delegitimizing these very real concerns, my opponent has continued to promote a distrust in the community, a distrust that can often lead to community members refusing to involve police in very serious, sometimes life-threatening situations. In short, my opponent is once again putting people's lives at risk by his inaction to address an important community issue.
In addition, my Republican opponent also wants to kill our young men and women of draft-eligible age. He wants to kill them because he supports policies that would ultimately send them into a neverending quagmire. For example, my opponent is against the Iran Deal, an agreement that helps stabilize American-Iranian relations in the Middle East. This deal not only helps current relations between the two nations but also helps future relations with a new generation of Iranians who are much more progressive than their elders. Should my opponent and his Republican colleagues get their way, they would easily undo the deal which would set back American-Iranian relations for decades to come. This would also give my Republican opponent an opportunity that he and his party have been waiting for so that they could send ground forces into the Middle East and attempt to influence the distribution of Middle Eastern oil. Should my opponent and his colleagues accomplish this, then many of our young men and women from our own community would end up on the front lines and several of them would never return home.
But it's not just our young men and women that my Republican opponent wants to kill. He also wants to take aim at our children, the most vulnerable among us. In addition to endangering our children through a lack of health care and an inability to address gun violence, my opponent also doesn't see any imminent danger of climate change and would like to eliminate the EPA. In adopting these views, my opponent is attempting to ignore the expertise of 97% of the world's scientists. Doing this would put our children at risk as the EPA helps to regulate our own community's auto emissions standards as well as clean water. My opponent is apparently unaware of the smog that engulfed Manhattan or the inflamed Cuyahoga in the 1970s and all the health problems a lack of environmental regulations caused those communities. Combining an increase in pollution with a decrease in health care access would undoubtedly lead to our children becoming sick, perhaps even deathly ill.
My Republican opponent also wants to kill you if you are an immigrant or a refugee. My opponent has gone on record as being in favor of the recent wave of ICE raids against our immigrant friends and neighbors. These raids have the potential to break up families, sending parents and grandparents to a land they don't know and leaving children unattended and unable to fend for themselves. My opponent also has voted against taking in refugees from war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq. By denying these refugees, my opponent is turning his back on his religious values that tell us to welcome the stranger. These refugees are overwhelmingly women and children and should we not accept them, there is no telling what may happen to them. In both cases, my Republican opponent is putting people's lives at risk in a foreign land when they could easily achieve safety and security right here in our own home community.
Lastly, my Republican opponent wants to kill you if you are a member of the LGBTQ community. He has gone on the record against marriage equality, which provided a series of legal rights including giving a partner the right to make important health decisions for his or her partner. My opponent is also in favor of restrictions against our transgender brothers and sisters as well as the removal of previous protections for this group. In taking these stances, my opponent is creating an atmosphere where some of the most vulnerable members of our community are losing not only their basic rights but the basic respect they deserve from their fellow human beings. For a community that is already targeted and has extremely high suicide rates, my Republican opponent is sending a message that these members of our community are somehow more inferior and less deserving of basic rights than others.
And that is what my Republican opponent believes. Sure, he'll undoubtedly try and spin his views. He'll say he's against the ACA because it's government overreach. He'll say he's against community health centers because he's staunchly pro-life. He'll say he's against gun control because it takes away the rights of gun owners. He'll say he's against the Black Lives Matter movement because all lives matter. He'll say he's against the Iran Deal because it empowers terrorists. He'll say he's against the EPA because it is unnecessary. He'll say he's against refugees and for deportations because they make our country safer. He'll say he's against transgender rights because they are necessary to protect us from this community.
But no matter how he spins it, my opponent is a Trump Republican. He believes in policies that benefit the rich at the expense of the poor. He believes this because these policies benefit him in particular. So keep all this mind throughout this election. The goal of a representative should be to represent the people that elect him or her to office. We have a diverse group here in our community and the representative should be an advocate for the majority of them while simultaneously looking for ways to enhance their quality of life. My opponent's views do neither of these things and, in fact, his views make life worse for the overwhelming majority of people here in our community. My Republican opponent and I disagree on a lot of things but one of those things should not be the right to life. There should never be a political candidate who openly advocates for policies that seriously hurt members of his own community and yet that is exactly what my opponent supports. I, for one, will never, ever support policies that have the potential to hurt or even kill people right here in our community.
And it's up to you all to decide if it's what you believe in, too.