What has happened to America? My generation was raised in an era when the middle class had secure jobs with health care, pensions and regular wage increases, all without a college degree that put us into debt.
Back then, average people were able to get ahead and purchase homes. We also witnessed great social movements, including the Civil Rights marches, Vietnam War protests and the Women's Movement.
We have seen our country change into one with rampant inequality and widespread injustice, where the rich are in control and average people lost many of the protections they once had, including unions.
Many jobs have been moved overseas to avoid our wage and labor standards, and we are forced to purchase foreign products that used to be made in America. Globalization is profitable for the rich, but not for anyone else.
Let's not forget that Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal gave us Social Security, the SEC to regulate stocks, FDIC to inspire our money, and the Fair Labor Standards Act that instituted a minimum wage, paid overtime, and unemployment.
Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty gave us the Civil Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and consumer protections. What these two Democrats did for their fellow Americans was remarkable.
Radical Republicans are now trying to undo all the progress we've made. They want to repeal the Affordable Care Act and don't care how many Americans die because of their inadequate and irresponsible response to the pandemic.
They repeatedly lie to us, ignore experts, appoint incompetent and often crooked people to political posts, and put obstacles in place to prevent some of us from voting. They have harmed average Americans in ways too numerous to list.
Please do the right thing for our country and vote for Democrats who will try to restore sanity, truth, decency and integrity. If Democrats don't win both the presidency and the Senate, we will lose everything America once stood for.