Empathy & Human Rights Require #CleanElections
by Chuck Watts
I am very happy to be able to post the following talking points I will be using for phone banking and canvassing on behalf of the Obama for America campaign. I requested and received permission for use from Greg Schultz, Director, Ohio Campaign. Here is page 1, 2 & 3 of the authorizing email. Here are revised and original talking points with the original indented.
Hi, (name), my name is (name), and I’m a volunteer with Obama for America. We need your help “to make a habit of empathy” and build a moral economy where hard work pays no matter who you are. Have you made a decision in the Presidential race? “Obama 04/23/09”
Hi, (name), my name is (name), and I’m a volunteer calling today in response to Mitt Romney picking Paul Ryan for vice president. Ryan believes in the same top-down economic policies that Romney wants to take us back to. Like Mitt Romney, Ryan’s severely conservative positions are out of touch with most Americans’ values. He would take us backward on women’s health and equal rights.
The partnership of unethical bankers and their extreme conservative enablers inside government caused the economic meltdown of 2008, and the subsequent stimulus President Bush signed into law. President Obama, using human rights principles of public transparency and accountability, restored responsibility and empathy to the public’s guidance of top executives, recovering $13 billion more than was loaned.
The bank bailouts were proposed by the Bush administration and signed into law in October 2008 by President Bush, months before President Obama took office. President Obama has demanded extraordinary transparency from the firms that used bailout funds and placed tough restrictions on their top executives. Under President Obama taxpayers have made a profit from the bank bailouts, recovering $13 billon on top of what was loaned.
Extreme conservatism wants no public revenue — period. Grover Norquist wants to shrink public government via under-taxation of millionaires, so, as he puts it, “government can be drowned in a bathtub.” In contrast, President Obama wants the wealthiest Americans, who benefit the most from America’s infrastructure, to pay their fair share for its upkeep.
The average middle class family has lower taxes today than when President Obama took office. President Obama has signed 18 tax cuts for small businesses and cut taxes for all American workers.
America’s new healthcare plan saves lives, and expands your freedom. Your freedom to choose your doctor expands. Your freedom to choose your hospital expands. And your freedom to choose your medicine expands. You are free to KEEP your current healthcare insurance. America’s new healthcare plan helps reverse what President Obama called our “national empathy deficit,”
Health care reform strengthens the existing health insurance market by protecting consumers and providing tax breaks to help more people afford insurance. It puts people, not insurance companies or government, in charge of health care. If you like your health insurance as it is, it won’t change. The Affordable Care Act will not lead to a government takeover of health care. There is no government-sponsored, public, or “single payer” plan in the law.
Extreme conservatism has no compassion for economic refugees seeking freedom in America. Compassion is the foundation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the US sponsored at the United Nations in 1948. Regarding the Dream act, the President said this about undocumented Americans, “I’ve met these young people . . . They are Americans in their hearts, in their minds . . . through and through. And all they want is to go to college and give back to the country they love.”
Under the President’s leadership, the federal government has put “more boots on the ground” than ever before, and there are fewer illegal crossings now than when President Obama took office. He is pushing for a system where everyone’s accountable, the federal government secures the border, and those who are already here pay their taxes, follow the law, and get on the path to earning citizenship.
Guns (Original / No Revision)
Since Barack Obama became president no new gun restrictions have been passed and not one law-abiding American citizen has had a gun taken away by the federal government. The President believes that the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms.
A law suit filed by three anti-compassion conservatives, including Alan Keyes, former political opponent of the President, challenged the President’s citizenship. On June 11, 2012, the Supreme Court refused, without comment, to hear the case. Citizenship is about love, marriage, family, and freedom. The President learned this lesson of empathy on his mother’s knee in Hawaii where he was born. Empathy and compassion is why the President wants full citizenship for all Americans, including gay Americans.
Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, at Kapi olani (kah pee oh lah nee) Maternity and Gynecological Hospital (Now called the Kapi olani Medical Center for Women and Children) on August 4, 1961. You can view two versions of his birth certificate (“long” and “short” form) at www.FactCheck.org and the birth announcement in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin at http://www.snopes.com.