Editorial: Speak up on Tuesday

Leave it to Moth­er Nature to get her daugh­ter, Hur­ricane Sandy, to help the Re­pub­lic­an Party get its wish to shut down gov­ern­ment and cast fur­ther doubt that Barack Obama will get re-elec­ted on Tues­day.
Franken­storm crippled much of the East Coast Monday and Tues­day, clos­ing state, loc­al and fed­er­al gov­ern­ment of­fices and put­ting power com­pan­ies to the test. It also can­celed early vot­ing in a few states.
Curb­ing gov­ern­ment and mak­ing vot­ing dif­fi­cult are mu­sic to the ears of many in the Re­pub­lic­an Party who des­pise Pres­id­ent Obama, in­clud­ing Sen­ate Re­pub­lic­an lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell, who said his top le­gis­lat­ive pri­or­ity was to deny Mr. Obama a second term. His party’s sen­at­ors have used a re­cord num­ber of fili­busters to block votes on vir­tu­ally every eco­nom­ic-de­vel­op­ment and jobs bill sup­por­ted by Mr. Obama — just to make him look bad to the na­tion.
The Not-so-Grand Old Party is also home to Sen­ate can­did­ates who {a} think wo­men who be­come preg­nant from rape should not be al­lowed to have abor­tion be­cause the preg­nancy is God’s will (Richard Mour­dock in In­di­ana) and {b} think wo­men who are raped can’t get preg­nant (Todd Akin in Mis­souri); a vice pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate who thinks rape vic­tims should not be per­mit­ted to have abor­tions and who this year tried to cut $10 bil­lion a year in fed­er­al dis­aster aid (Rep. Paul Ry­an), and a pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate who wants dis­aster-re­lief re­spons­ib­il­it­ies to be stripped from FEMA and giv­en to private in­dustry (Mitt Rom­ney)
So, ladies and gen­tle­men of the vot­ing jury, if you’re think­ing of not vot­ing next Tues­day be­cause you don’t care about polit­ics or you think your vote doesn’t mat­ter, think again. The re­cov­ery from Hur­ricane Sandy is just one reas­on you need gov­ern­ment in your lives. Don’t you dare sit on your hands on Elec­tion Day.
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