During a time when political attacks are running rampant, any statement being made can cause a flurry of reactions. The comment made by Vice Presidentabout Mitt Romney’s intention to “unchain” the big banks by allowing them to self-regulate and putting citizens “back in chains” has created such a flurry. Due to the fact that the majority of the audience he was speaking to in Wytheville, Va., was African American, the Romney camp has gone into attack mode, saying that Biden made this statement inferring that Romney would make African Americans slaves again.
As our nation has evolved, rights and freedoms have been given to groups of people that previously had no rights at all. Allowing slaves to be free men that had the right to vote with passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865 took our nation down the path toward equality for all Americans. In 1920 the 19th Amendment was passed, giving women the right to vote. As time marches on, our nation evolves into the “Land of the free and the home of the brave.” Or does it?
The comment made by Biden should make us all stop and think for a moment- if Romney wants to allow the banks to self-regulate again, does this make us slaves to their will? This isn’t a black and white issue, as the political spin doctors would like to make you believe. Instead it is an issue about being bound by corporate rule and intentions. When corporations are making their own rules, we are all at their mercy. This is, in all actuality, a form of slavery.
Biden said that Romney wanted to “unchain Wall Street” and “They're going to put y'all back in chains.” CBS News reports, “Biden, speaking in Wytheville, Va., said he had meant to use the term "unshackled.' But he did not apologize and mocked the Romney campaign for showing outrage. ‘If you want to know what's outrageous, it's their policies, and the effects of their policies on middle-class Americans,’ he said.”
As we get closer the election in November, we can all be sure that one thing will happen. We will be blasted with attacks and lies that are intended to sway our vote. All voters need to see these attempts for what they are and make educated decisions. The election in November is going to determine the course of our nation for future generations and we owe them an educated vote.
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