Letter: Women, Bush, Clinton drive Obama reelection

Originally Posted Online: Nov. 13, 2012, 2:10 pm
Last Updated: Nov. 13, 2012, 2:57 pm
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On Nov. 6th, women used their majority voting power to reelect the president.
In late October, the campaign's theme unexpectedly shifted from comfortable economic issues to women's rights, often a minefield for Republicans.

The shocking remark linking rape and "God intended pregnancy" was reminiscent of August's "legitimate rape" lunacy and highlighted the GOP's position on abortion, contraception, and equal pay for women.

An obvious factor in the election was the influence of two very different men. One man was never seen or heard and seldom mentioned by Republicans, former President George W. Bush.

In contrast, the other man, former President Bill Clinton, was ubiquitous, relishing his starring role in "Revenge of the Impeached."

It took the electorate 20 years (1932-1952) to get over Herbert Hoover. To forget the Bush policies in four years would require amnesia.

By remembering the past, voters are not condemned to repeat it.

FDR did not end the Great Depression in four or eight years, but he was elected four times and appointed nine Supreme Court Justices. His successor, President Truman, appointed four more justices.

President Obama will not restore the middle class in the next four years, but he will probably appoint two or more Supreme Court justices.

Hopefully, the election was a repudiation of anonymous, big money donations (billions changed little), voter suppression, and candidate "shape shifting."

Robert M. McKanna,


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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.

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