Democrats often act like they are ashamed of Lyndon Johnson, whose legislative genius made this wonderful, life-saving concept real. In fact, when President Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law in the presence of Harry Truman in 1965, he said that older Americans no longer would be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine.
Without the accomplishments of liberals over the past six or seven decades, America would hardly be recognizable to our young people.
Humiliation imposed by custom and enforced by government had been the order of the day for minorities and women before men and women of good will and liberal persuasion stepped up their long, and not yet ended campaign to change things.
Liberals ended legalized racial segregation and gender discrimination and are about to end sexual orientation discrimination.
Liberals gave this country Head Start and the food stamp program. They fought for cleaner air. There was a time when you could barely see Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh or Charleston. Polluted rivers actually caught on fire.
Liberals made your food, your workplace and your children's clothing safer. Your ability, and that of your children or grandchildren, to go to college is incredibly easier. Most all of our children are able to go to college, if they choose to do so.
These are accomplishments that deserve to be celebrated, not ridiculed or scorned. Liberals have made the America we live into today for all of our citizens. The Republicans have made a paradise for themselves and not our citizens, and it must be stopped.
Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Howard Swint, who is running for Rep. Capito's seat, embody many of these beliefs. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Shelley Moore Capito do not.
Barack Obama captured and eliminated bin Laden. He revoked Don't Ask Don't Tell. He has stopped defending the Defense of Marriage Act, and he is supporting revoking it. The auto industry is alive. He has signed into law the Affordable Care Act, the most far-reaching relief for the middle class since the New Deal.
Be proud that you are a liberal.
I am voting for Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Howard Swint. I am not voting for Mitt Romney, the man who strapped his dog to the roof of his vehicle for a family vacation trip, or Paul Ryan, whose budget plan will gut Medicare.
Severino, of Charleston, is a founding member of the Pride Committee and co-founder of the Living AIDS Memorial Garden Inc.