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Pressler writes: "As a combat veteran of two tours in Vietnam with twenty-two years of service as a Republican member of the U.S. House and Senate, I endorse President Barack Obama for a second term as our Commander-in-Chief."

Former Senator Larry Pressler, Republican of South Dakota. (photo: Jim Luce)
Former Senator Larry Pressler, Republican of South Dakota. (photo: Jim Luce)

Why I, a Former GOP Senator, Will Vote for Obama

By Larry Pressler, Reader Supported News

09 October 12


s a combat veteran of two tours in Vietnam with twenty-two years of service as a Republican member of the U.S. House and Senate, I endorse President Barack Obama for a second term as our Commander-in-Chief. Candidates publicly praise our service members, veterans and their families, but President Obama supports them in word and deed, anywhere and every time.

As a Vietnam vet, one of the reasons I support President Obama is because he has consistently shown he understands that our commitment to our servicemen and women may begin when they put on their uniform, but that it must never end.

This decision is not easy for any lifelong Republican. In 2008 I voted for Barack Obama, the first time I ever voted for a Democrat, because the Republican Party was drifting toward a dangerous path that put extreme party ideology above national interest. Mitt Romney heads a party remaining on that dangerous path, proving the emptiness of their praise as they abandon our service members, veterans and military families along the way.

What really set me off was Romney's reference to 47% of Americans to be written off - including any veteran collecting disability like myself, as a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) veteran.

Behind closed doors with his donors, Romney made clear he'd write off half of America - including service members and veterans - because, as he said "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility for their lives." But there's no greater personal responsibility than to wear your country's uniform and defend the rights we all enjoy as Americans. We don't sow division between "us" versus "them." The Commander-in-Chief sets the bar for all to follow and fight for the entire country. Mitt Romney fails that test. As a veteran I feel written off.

Just as revealing is what Romney actually says publicly. As a former Foreign Service Officer, I find it offensive that Romney, Congressman Paul Ryan and their Republican Party are politicizing the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans who lost their lives in Libya. Being Commander-in-Chief requires a resolve and steadiness that's immune to politics and fear mongering. Mitt Romney fails that test.

And along with high-profile Republican surrogates, Romney and Ryan are pandering to election-year politics rather than focusing on pending cuts to military spending. Strategy should drive our military priorities, not party purity.

We are a nation at war - the longest war in our nation's history - and we must remember the sacrifice that so many have given for the protection of our country and our values. That's why it's so surprising that Republican nominee Mitt Romney has given five speeches on foreign policy - and will be giving another one today - and has yet to outline any plan to end the war in Afghanistan or bring our troops home. That's unacceptable for anyone running to be Commander-in-Chief.

President Obama ended one war, is ending another and meeting our national security needs with support of our military leaders. He's laid out a clear plan that would reduce the deficit and prevent the mandatory military spending cuts that no one wants. But today's Republican Party, including Ryan who voted for the deal that would trigger the cuts, is willing to bring our country's defenses to the fiscal cliff - just so a multimillionaire doesn't have to pay a single extra penny in taxes. And the real lack of leadership? Failing to own up to your role in racking up a record debt from two unpaid wars and two massive unpaid for tax cuts. Mitt Romney leads the party that fails this leadership test.

And as former member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the then Commerce Committee, I came to know the federal budget in detail. I'm disappointed that just as our troops are returning home after a decade of war, Romney and Ryan might gut by up to 20 percent investments in the Department of Veterans Affairs - and even suggest privatizing the veterans' health care. Again, they would short change our national security and the education, health care and employment benefits our veterans have earned and deserve just to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

Let's be clear, Romney and Ryan would be disastrous for America's service members, veterans and military families. Public praise rings hollow when you fail to mention an ongoing war in accepting your party's nomination to be president, or veterans in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a so-called jobs plan or in a budget that should be a blue print of our nation's values.

Meanwhile President Obama recognizes our sacred trust with those who serve starts when they take their oath and never ends. He's enacted tax credits to spur businesses to hire unemployed veterans and wounded warriors. He implemented and improved the post-9/11 GI Bill, the largest investment in veterans education since the original GI Bill over sixty years ago. He's proposing a Veterans Jobs Corps that would put returning service members to work as police officers, firefighters and first responders. As part of his achievable plan to keep moving our country forward, the President would use half the savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to help pay down our debt and invest in nation building here at home, putting Americans back to work - including our veterans - fixing our roadways and runways, bridges and schools.

And something that hits close to home, President Obama also secured the largest increase in VA investments in decades so our veterans get the care and benefits they earned, like treatment for PTSD and traumatic brain injury. As someone with service-related PTSD, I meet with younger veterans weekly to help them through the treatment and transition to a productive civilian life. It makes a difference for them knowing their President has their back.

That's the difference in this election. In word and deed anywhere and every time, President Obama never forgets that standing by those who serve is the heart, soul and core value of this country. As a life-long Republican, I stand by him as he stands by all of us, putting national allegiance ahead of party affiliation. I endorse President Obama for reelection in 2012. your social media marketing partner


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+48 # barkingcarpet 2012-10-09 22:02
Perhaps the best thing that could happen to America, short of awakening now and choosing to create and leave a livable planet, would be for Mittens to be elected, women's rights be gutted, and Nature be further assaulted for $ profits.

Perhaps than Folks would wake up and put an end to the nonsense and our corrupt system of profiteering, endless wars, obfuscation of real facts or actual fairness/justic e? The Legitimate Rape of our banking and agricultural systems is leaving us environmentally and economically bankrupt. Nuclear power and weapons are causing much misery and illness.

Perhaps if it gets bad enough, people will change?

The time is NOW to choose love, and to demand change for a sane future. The alternative is a race to the bottom and allowing thugs to govern.
+43 # HowardMH 2012-10-10 07:23
Agree Bankingcarpet. Does that show you just how stupid most of the people are in this country? What a bunch of imbeciles, no wonder they continue to elect and re-elect the corrupt totally bought and paid for by Wall Street and Big Oil politicians that will continue to totally screw the idiots and they are too dumb to even realize they are getting screwed.
Romney makes a comment about Big Bird and the whole country goes into panic mode over cutting funding. The total is $445 Million for PBS which amounts to 0.01% of the budget or ONE Penney out of every $100. It is also how much is wasted in Afghanistan every few hours. BUT, not a WORD is said about the BILLIONS, and BILLIONS that Wall Street gets every year due to the loop holes the totally bought and paid for politicians have written into law. New QE3 gives $45 BILLION a month to banks to help with their crooked mortgage loans. Wouldn’t want them to lose even a penny on their risky loans, after they paid the company executives Millions in bonuses – just pass the losses off to the imbeciles that pay taxes.
+37 # Beth Carter 2012-10-10 08:18
I think folks find it inconceivable that certain powerful individuals would actually move toward the result of running this country into the ground. It's an unbelievable and shocking thought which they will deny up to their last breath, which is what the powerful are betting on.
-32 # futhark 2012-10-10 08:46
Thanks Bankingcarpet. You have stated precisely the reasons why I am voting for neither Romney nor Obama. If Romney wins, it will be a national disaster to which the people may respond as they did in 2008 by finding a candidate for 2016 who they perceive to be 180 degrees away from the incumbent Republicans. If Obama wins, it will be seen some kind of tacit endorsement of his continuing involvement with Wall Street, the drone attacks, and his continuing support for the surveillance state apparatus. Only by voting 3rd party can the American people tell the establishments of both major parties that they have had a bellyful and are just not going to be suckered or jacked around anymore.
+52 # Billy Bob 2012-10-10 12:21
If romney wins we may not be able to fix it. You're gambling with MY children's future.
+8 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-11 15:21
My great Grandchildren's
-3 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-11 15:21
No Ofgfense I am voting for third party to at locla,state level so that they finally get their foot in doors. But to allow votes in those diebold machine to take the third party and put to NitMit Not going to happen
Have been waiting 25 years for the Green Party to stop being elite and get really involved... Independents I understand and have hoped for but Americans just do not get it that we can have more than two when you can convince America to get rid of the other two, let me know. I cannot wait another 25 years.
+48 # vicnada 2012-10-10 08:48
[quote name="Barkingca rpet"]Perhaps the best thing that could happen to America...would be for Mittens to be elected....
How can this be the initial comment to such an inspirational and courageous stand by a Republican against his party's destructive policies? Are we so tone deaf in our Democratic echo chamber that we can't be moved by his clarion call for change in the Republican ranks? Have we become so one-sided that we cannot celebrate when a our flag is so cleanly unfurled? I am disappointed with this comment that I find unwelcomingly cynical.
+14 # Walhalla 2012-10-10 11:33
Quoting vicnada:
[quote name="Barkingcarpet"]Perhaps the best thing that could happen to America...would be for Mittens to be elected....
How can this be the initial comment to such an inspirational and courageous stand by a Republican against his party's destructive policies? Are we so tone deaf in our Democratic echo chamber that we can't be moved by his clarion call for change in the Republican ranks? Have we become so one-sided that we cannot celebrate when a our flag is so cleanly unfurled? I am disappointed with this comment that I find unwelcomingly cynical.

Precisely my sentiment - I am surprised at the first off-the-subject several comments. Thank you vicnada, I agree.
+22 # Independentgal 2012-10-10 09:43
This sounds eerily like what Ralph Nader said when he ran in 2000. And that didn't work out too well.
+11 # spiritcallsus 2012-10-10 10:03
I have often said, in reference to "them", give them enough rope and they will hang themselves ... for all of "our" sake, I hope that they are getting near the end of that rope ...
+31 # bmiluski 2012-10-10 12:51
Sorry buddy but you are wrong. If mittens gets in he'll appoint uber-conservati ve supreme court justices and they'll enact laws that would prevent any of us to do anything at any time.
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-11 15:22
Most will speak Mandarin
+144 # George Kennedy 2012-10-09 22:23
Senator Pressley, Thank you for your service both in and out of uniform. Thank you for your integrity and the courage to express conviction without partisanship and blind ideological fealty.
+115 # doneasley 2012-10-09 23:07
Senator Pressler is right. The CHICKENHAWKS talk a good game while sending other people's children off to war, but the proof is in the pudding: When veteran benefits are on the line, they QUIETLY vote against them every damn time. And what does Mitt Romney know about military duty? How to avoid it, that's what! Even the grsndson's of the Queen of England have to perform some military duty, but Mitt's sons? Oh, they've probably watched "The Longest Day", "Pearl Harbor", or "Midway" on TV. But that's as close as they'll get to any military action - true chips off the old block.
+35 # Cassandra2012 2012-10-10 10:41
An Mitt himself dodged the Vietnam draft by doing "missionary" work in FRANCE!!
0 # hobbesian 2012-10-10 20:01
+8 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-11 15:24
Or was that missionary positions in France. It is funny how Republicans never serve or are never on Roll Call.
It is also funny how no one ever has the proof of their being somewhere else. Bushie baby proved that, but then Daddy was his mentor and Daddy was too busy making money selling arms, drugs whatever else probably information
+23 # Douglas Jack 2012-10-09 23:07
Thank you Larry for this call for government & leadership responsibility. However we must go further when our NATO governments are through CIA, CSIS & other supposed 'intelligence' agencies; pushing arms, munitions & assassination budgets to dissidents in order to destabilize the governments of 80 countries worldwide. NATO governments do not deliberate publicly or formally declare war anymore & all wars fought in the past 60 years have been illegal wars of aggression against foreign shores. Worse is the media-military- industrial-comp lex making a killing off of war & death as our NATO nation's # 1 business. Wars are for fearful, inarticulate cowards afraid to stand up with their perceived opponents in equal-time recorded, published & distributed dialogues for the court of public opinion & a world of resource to respond to. 'Dialectics' ('both-sided') rights to 'debate' (French 'de' = 'undo' + 'bate' = 'the fight') are denied by cowards as are human rights to safety & security wherever we live. The cowards are not only 'chicken-hawk' politicians, but as well citizen-consume rs who finance these wars & the universal soldiers who fight them.
+90 # KrazyFromPolitics 2012-10-09 23:22
A former Republican congressman and senator voting for Obama for the second time. I long for the days when party opposites barked at each other, but essentially got down to the business of governing, however imperfect. I wonder what the probability of this story making it into the mainstream corporate news is.
+9 # lexy677 2012-10-10 13:11
+52 # tahoevalleylines 2012-10-09 23:53
It is apparent even by casual observation Mr. Romney is a living breathing example of the "Peter Principle". Comments about adding unsolicited large capital ships/submarine s seem to be for show rather than result of any sort of study or rational strategy.

If Romney is thinking about going toe-to-toe for resource hegemony with China, another gaping hole then must be his lack of knowledge about needed domestic infrastructure and transport policy innovations allowing for less call on imported resources...

Instead of Naval Tonnage, why does Romney not verbalize water resource engineering to recharge aquifers as described in the massive NAWAPA projects?

Facing Peak Oil and upward oil price trajectory, transport shortcomings in the United States stem from overzealous removal of railway connections and branch feeder lines. These rail closures were hurriedly effected as the US Freeway system came into service through the Nixon and Reagan administrations , Alaskan oil helping justify the process of railway line extinction.

Please Mssrs. Obama & Romney, be sure to include generic railway savvy people in your circle as you formulate ways and means of assuring ability to step back from Muslim oil and being hostage to the World oil market price/supply squeeze.
+79 # ghostperson 2012-10-10 00:07
I simply do not understand how Romney has the audacity to speak to war issues and propose actions that will adversely affect those who fight for their country when he preferred to a vacation in France while his peers were being killed in Viet Nam--a war he protested for.

Romney was on a religious mission? Is that what one calls draft dodging if one's cult is big enough? What was 5-deferrment Cheney's excuse?

We are in a perpetual state of war because neocon's, too good to fight to their country, see lowering taxes while bleeding off money for wars in order to run up huge budget deficits as a way to to downsize a government they hate.

We always have money to throw at greedy wastrels and for foreign wars but never enought to spend on those who pay the freight and those maimed in the service of their country. It is difficult to accept that half the population is swayed by policies that have ruined us and will continue to do so while vulture capitalists destroy education, offshore jobs, conceal tax returns, hide profits in the Cayman Islands and let our vaunted infrastructure crumble.

Since when did economic treason and tyranny become the American way simply because greedy swine wrap themselves in a flag they are too good to fight for?
+53 # JSRaleigh 2012-10-10 06:10
Quoting ghostperson:
Since when did economic treason and tyranny become the American way simply because greedy swine wrap themselves in a flag they are too good to fight for?

Seems to have started around 1981, but really got rolling in 2001.
+7 # wipster 2012-10-11 16:34
Quoting JSRaleigh:
Quoting ghostperson:
Since when did economic treason and tyranny become the American way simply because greedy swine wrap themselves in a flag they are too good to fight for?

Seems to have started around 1981, but really got rolling in 2001.

I think it actually got started during and after WWII when the upper class figured out just how much money they could make fighting the scourge of Communism and socialism. Ike figured it out and warned us all in his parting speech to the nation. And it did not take the Military Industrial Complex very long to kill the next President that wanted to keep us out of profitable boots on war in Vietnam... since then I think every one of them have known the potential consequences of confronting the MIC directly and have been careful enough to at least let them make weapons at our expense even if we'll never, ever use them.
+14 # X Dane 2012-10-10 11:51
What a great comment, so true and well stated.
Thank you.
+66 # Jorge 2012-10-10 00:21
Mr. Pressler, thank you for expressing your thoughts about the veterans and these endless wars. Romney is unfit to be Commander-in-Ch ief of the U.S. (perhaps the Cayman Islands instead).
Now we need you to make these same statements all over the Corporate-Contr olled Media and show up at campaigns for Progressives (have some real impact, do something).
+81 # Majikman 2012-10-10 00:37
Now there's a relic from the past... a Republican with integrity.
+57 # MindDoc 2012-10-10 01:09
Hard to disagree with the Senator! Well stated and brave:


Let's be clear, Romney and Ryan would be disastrous for America's service members, veterans and military families.
...Not to mention the non-military, non-millionaire citizenry who would also be edged into non-existence via the promised cuts, de-funding, and deregulation central to the Ryan-Romeny-Rov e-Rand (4R) party , should it win the auction and acquire the U.S.

We could wake up with Mitt the Flip 'severely' in charge, playing President - learning RL on the job. (Repealing Obama Care on Day 1?) Maybe he'd remind England that they don't know how to organize an Olympics, hold a press conference from a "clean coal" mine, praise farmers & Monsanto corn and then call his friend Netanyahu to say the deal is on: "I like firing at people". Back to Poland to remind Lech Walesa that unions are the root of all evil, then home to Caymans to feed the dog and rotate the cars & cash. Then a UN appearance to explain things.

Can we interrupt this nightmare and throw some cold water on the face of those who have not paid attention long enough to notice the nonstop lies & self-contradict ions of the Mittster? Hypocrite-in-ch ief. Positions by etch-a-sketch, uninformed by any notions of public service to THE PEOPLE. He knows the profit$ of war- but will cut support for veterans. "Severely"
+62 # X Dane 2012-10-10 02:02
How refreshing to see a republican, who values another person for his integrity and caring.....and not for the party he belongs to.
What totally disgusted me about Bush, was how he always used the military as a backdrop, when he was making speeches to the nation, and while mouthing that he appreciated their service...he was cutting funding, for their care when they returned from war damaged in body and soul.

When they could no longer serve, they were dispensable, and an inconvenience.

Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden are working hard to help Military families. Obama is doing much to improve their conditions. Frankly I think he would like to end the Afghan nightmare now, but you KNOW that the republicans would scream bloody murder, if he did.

I hate war, but IF you wage war, you MUST care for the men and women you send to fight it
+13 # Cassandra2012 2012-10-10 10:44
Isn't putting loyalty to party above your country bordering on treasonous behavior? At the very least a show of lack of integrity.
+8 # doneasley 2012-10-10 21:39
Quoting X Dane:
I hate war, but IF you wage war, you MUST care for the men and women you send to fight it

This is not a war, X Dane, it's an Occupation. Why are we still there? The original mission was to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. But, just as in Iraq, we're building roads and schools and trying to change how the Afghans perceive us - NATION BUILDING I believe they call it. It's time to come home.
-22 # seeuingoa 2012-10-10 02:34
OK, Mister Pressler.

There is no difference between the two
candidates as regards

Kill list/drones
Tar Sand pipeline
Indefinite detention
Arctic drilling
violation of 1st Amendment
licking the asses of big corporations

Make this election an election about
moral and ethical issues and vote
Jill Stein/Green Party and look
your grandchildren in the eyes.
+49 # Billy Bob 2012-10-10 07:56
and elect Twit Romney, right?

There is a substantial portion of the hard right who literally WANT the end of the world to happen in their lifetime because they think they'll be "raptured" and not have to face the consequences.

100% of them vote.
100% of them vote a straight repug ticket.

Repug politicians pander to them. Many repugs are members of this group.

You forgot to mention a few issues:

WWIII involving Iran and Pakistan (then, who knows?)
Social Security
student aid
public schools
public infrastructure


+25 # Billy Bob 2012-10-10 08:00

If you want a 3rd party you'll need to change the electoral process to make it more like it is in Europe. You'll need a Constitutional Amendment to do this. I'll sign the petition.

Until then, THE ONLY WAY to elect the Green Party is to REPLACE the Democratic Party. The election can be between:

1. Green & Repug
2. Democrat and Repug
3. Repug and a bunch of other little parties who can't work together.

What do you think we can get done in the next 3 weeks?

There's only one way your logic makes any sense from a strategic standpoint. That's if you want President Romney to begin a war with Iran in January.

Otherwise, you're sabotaging our country.
-1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-11 16:14
The Green Party although wonderful concept has visually done nothing. I am in Pa. most I met that backed this were disenfranchised Rethugs 25 plus years ago.
They had 'their agendas' so no one got anywhere, and were ignored. Some great people have been in Citizen Groups, Concerned Groups and stood up and got into local community government, then proceed to State. When these groups have shown what they can do, the American People will start voting. We can have three even five parties.. Or perhaps we will finally just get rid of the two who are becoming way to look a like to me.

One must make Laws, make themselves known before we can get majority to vote for them. Greens, Independents, Libertarians and whomever must remember we are not looking for more elitists, we are tired of one percenters. We want meat and potatoes...sad thing is you have been offered Candidates esp Independents that are such, we ignored because...they were not known. No more gravy, then lets get working on 2016 Now
+19 # X Dane 2012-10-10 11:45
You mention that horrendous tar sands pipeline. If you believe in science at all, you can NOT be for that. James Hansen, NASA climate scientist, one of our finest, has said that if the tar sands will flow into our country.....IT IS GAME OVER FOR THE PLANET !!!

The republicans have never let up on pressuring Obama to have the pipeline built. He did want to let more studies go forward. I am not totally sure where it stands at the moment.

To the republicans it doesn't matter if the world gets irreversibly damaged, as long as they make a profit, they can take that with them to hell. The tars sands IS DANGEROUS POISON and should STAY under ground.
+4 # Eliza D 2012-10-11 07:43
XDane-You didn't carefully read seeuingoa's comment. He or she does not support the Keystone Pipeline. He/she gives a list of issues on which both Romney and Obama are congruent. Obama gave the go ahead to the Keystone Pipeline in the southern US. Obviously, seeuingoa is an environmentalis t, as am I, who places the highest priority on environmental issues. In that arena, Obama has been weak, to put it mildly. He is beholden to Big Oil and Wall St financiers, just as is Romney. I pray that if he gets elected, he will rediscover his conscience and deliver on his promises. Remember his saying that he absolutely would not allow GMO food? Absolutely would not extend the Patriot Act? I find those two betrayals to be unconscionable.
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-11 16:19
But the problem is how does it get to Southern USA unless it comes thru Northern.
We have to stop this...
Romney does not care if they follow guidelines. OB is still naivete and thinks that Big Oil will
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-11 16:17
FDA said that there is no Safe Pipe...the bends will burst and God Forgive those who do this to the ones who live in the Path...but since they do not seem to be getting up and alert. I will not forgive us for what we will do to our Wildlife, Animals, Water, Earth or Air.
We just do not pay attention to why Canada is in trouble with it. We do not listen to Bible. Nor do we seem to care about anything...
+10 # Anarchist 23 2012-10-10 18:45
Quoting seeuingoa:
OK, Mister Pressler.

There is no difference between the two
candidates as regards

Kill list/drones
Tar Sand pipeline
Indefinite detention
Arctic drilling
violation of 1st Amendment
licking the asses of big corporations

Make this election an election about
moral and ethical issues and vote
Jill Stein/Green Party and look
your grandchildren in the eyes.

As much as I would like to do that-make that stand- put myself out of the fray, the need to get my hands dirty, I am going to vote for Obama. because some real people I don't know and will probably never meet will benefit from things he has done and hopefully will keep dong, especially if the Dems control congress and have the guts to use that control! I will of course continue to oppose the drift of fascism, drone war, continuing war, the official history, and many other things I have been opposing for a very long time. but 'Gott Mitt Uns' would deliver this country to the mercies of corporate dismemberment via 'privatization' of every public good and then the only thing holding us together would be our shared misery and the security apparatus to keep us in our places.
+55 # Ralph Averill 2012-10-10 03:50
Good job, Congressman/Sen ator/Soldier. One hopes John Boehner and Mitch McConnell read copies of this statement.
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-11 16:20
They will not care So Dakots is one state that is not happy with the oil tar coming from Canada
+29 # cordleycoit 2012-10-10 04:03
Romney commitied suppku with me blaming me for the failure of the banking system. Not the Russian Mafia that sank the Bank of New York not the stupid greed is good push by the press barons who were bankrupting their industry. I the individual is guilty of allowing the contradiction of capitalism to occur. This while Bain was dabbling in laundering billions for the cartels an on going trait.

Why instead of running for the highest office in the land is Romney not running from the Justice Department? I will say he and his accomplices have certainly not returned the money they stole.Our vets watched as Romney's party lied and have killed off thousands of Americans so Iraq can have a civil war and the Afghan can kill off as many as they can creep up on.Senator help end the war.
+43 # corallady 2012-10-10 04:50
With more clear-thinking Republicans like Larry Pressler, who puts the country above an ideology that can only hurt the country, the Republicans might be able to get back to being a respectable party instead of a group of increasingly right-wing extremists acting like petulant schoolchildren who only want their way regardless of how it would hurt the rest of us. It's time for them to say "To hell with Grover Norquist and his oath never to raise taxes; our oath is to the Constitution and our duty is to 'form a more perfect union' and 'promote the general welfare.'" We need some adults in Congress who will look with clear eyes at both sides of the equation that will bring us out of the mess created by Bush and Company--it will take spending control but also more revenue. Both sides have to give. Compromise is not a dirty word; it is the way things get done in the political world. President Obama has accomplished an incredible amount while being blocked constantly by the ideologues of the Right; we are moving in the correct direction; think what we could do with some cooperation and a genuine desire to "promote the general welfare" of all of us.
+40 # colpow 2012-10-10 04:52
Yesssss!!!! Well said, Senator Pressler.
+18 # Gamagaeru 2012-10-10 05:00
Well said! Obama understands and is aiming to help the people. Romney is not bad, but his world is the top 10%.
+48 # HooverBush 2012-10-10 05:19
I'll be dog-gone!!!

There really is ONE intelligent Republican!!!!
+46 # dick 2012-10-10 05:28
Courageous. Honorable. Truly patriotic. Thank you so very much.
+33 # JSRaleigh 2012-10-10 06:09
What really angers me the most about the whole "47%" controversy is how quickly Democrats accepted the lie that those who receive government pensions, Veterans benefits or Social Security don't pay taxes. Instead of confronting the liar and challenging the lie, they just started making excuses.
+27 # SenorN 2012-10-10 06:57
Thank you Senator Pressler! It's heartening to know the Republicans still have few good men!
+13 # Billy Bob 2012-10-10 08:18

He's no longer in office.
+16 # Janice 2012-10-10 08:21
I hope everyone in this country wakes up ans realizes Romney is full of HYPE and has no substance. He lied throughout the debate and people seem to have believed him to be telling the truth. Mr. Pressler is right Obama is the best person for our country and has managed to keep us strong in spite of horrendous obstructionism from the right. Bill Clinton once said, "When people "think" democrats get elected." Think people please THINK!
+11 # ghostperson 2012-10-10 22:16
I am afraid that those who vote for him simply don't care that he has a head like a nickle beer or at least the substance of one.

So vast is their hatred of Obama that if Romney said he would guillotine (which he will economically) everyone below the 1%, they would still vote for him just to get rid of Obama.

These are the same forces that have been rabid since the New Deal and they have joined forces with the "Rapture Now" crowd. So what we have now is effectively a Capitalist Party of the Taliban on the right.
0 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-11 16:23
Well put I am sure he will have his dawgs looking on sites like this to put us into town squares for the witch burnings...
+23 # teineitalia 2012-10-10 08:33
Well done, Senator Pressler.

Thank you for your honesty and courage; most of all, thank you for your integrity. You have made a clear assessment of things as they really are, and you have put the truth above party ideology.

Your voice is authentic.

I would like to add to those who have thanked you for your service both in and out of uniform, as another person on this forum rightly noted. You are a credit to your family, your upbringing and your country, including the honorable men and women who, once upon a time, inhabited the Republican party.

Unfortunately, your once stable party was hijacked by neo-cons willing to send everyone's children to war except their own, religious fundamentalists who resemble the Taliban in every way, and greedy old men, mostly white, who will do anything, absolutely anything to turn obscene profits and vilify hard working Americans.

If you haven't already done so, please send your work to the NYT, the Washington Post, and every other newspaper in America (particularly the Red States) Send it to the Army newspapers, the mainstream media, the Obama campaign. Send it to the Readers Digest (if it still exists) People need to see you and hear your words.
+23 # alg0rhythm 2012-10-10 09:08
you want to talk Republican hypocracy.. remember the republican convention of 2004. 9/11 like 300 mentions.... not a single republican voted for covering the health costs of the first responders... I think it passed with entirely democratic votes.. I've heard, but not confirmed, that, 11 years later the money has still not been dispersed to first responders. The Republican party is essentially a group of lobbyists for the status quo, big military, coal, oil, and banking. The dems are marginally better, though they would be the focus of similar scrutiny if the Republicans weren't so much more obvious.
+14 # Professorjane Gilgun 2012-10-10 09:20
Here we have yet another sensible person speaking for President Obama's policies and against Mitt Romney's. If President Obama loses this election, it will be because he is not speaking for his own policies. He embodies American values, but his luke-warm stands on these values are putting the United States at risk to have radical elitists take over.
+14 # Smokey 2012-10-10 09:28
Look at the Presidential campaigns of the year 1912.... Incredible! One hundred years ago, there were progressive Republicans who fought against the rise of the big corporations. As recently as the 1970s, there were some wonderful Republican leaders who supported things like national health insurance, a guaranteed annual income, civil rights, and agencies like the EPA.

However, the age of the liberal Republican has ended. They've been kicked out of office, silenced, or driven into extreme positions by the forces that manage today's Republican Party. Some have become Independents.

What happened? It's a bit like Germany during the early 1930s.... The big corporations needed government support. So they made a deal with
ultra-nationali sts, conservative Christian groups, and small business owners and others who felt threatened by the Communists.... Everything "liberal" was rejected. No "compromises" allowed.

Result? The crackpots received a lot of money and positions of influence. In return, the nut
cases cleaned up their act - there were a few violent purges - and they put on some clean shirts. They delivered the votes and the big companies prospered.

It may happen again.
+6 # noitall 2012-10-10 10:32
Good that he's seen the light but he HAS voted Republican all his life (even though he's an unusual Republican, having served in the military), but lets not make a hero out of him. Good he's speaking out for Vets, although our goal should be to have no active vets. I just don't think it's a big deal when a Republicant finally sees the light. There are plenty of reasons, People related, that should have switched him decades ago. But better late...
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-11 16:25
I believe the Dakotas are going to vote woth the thought of Canada Tar Sands. Perhaps the Women of the States in USA are going to stand up for themselves and say
NO to Nittens
+12 # Sensible1 2012-10-10 10:44
Just think how far ahead we would be if all Republicans would think this way, instead of supporting billionaire defense contracts and otherwise cutting off funding for our military families. I am a retired military member and I have always concluded that Democrats favor the military family, but Republicans only reward the wealthy corporations with DOD money for material and equipment manufactured by defense contractors which does not do anything for the service member. Remember when the Bush administration failed to provide the required armor and personal protection for our soldiers fighting the war in Iraq, yet they awarded Halliburton with billions of dollars to rebuild the structures we torn down. When the wars are over, and Americans are no longer dying on the battlefield, it will be the Republicans in congress who will try to dismantle the veterans benefits. You can count on that.
+11 # indianfirst 2012-10-10 11:46
Larry, I have had the opportunity to meet you when you were a Senator from South Dakota. Well said and thank you.
+10 # Psy2B 2012-10-10 15:50
Some of you have commented about giving Mitt and Paul enough rope to hang themselves with. These are not stupid people . . . if we give them enough rope . . . they will hang us!
-5 # docbones 2012-10-10 16:09
+9 # unitedwestand 2012-10-11 03:38
After all that we have heard about Romney/Ryan's policies regarding just about everything that is special and important to our very existence, I can't believe that people think it might be a good thing if they win. I'm horrified at the thought as I think it will bring back GWBush on steroids. All those that were in that gross administration are waiting in the wings ready to continue where they left off. Between another major war or two, privatizing Social Security, getting rid of Medicare, defunding Planned Parenthood and on and on.

Please DO NOT protest vote, with President Obama we have a chance to possibly reverse Citizens Untied and if he has a majority in Congress get some of those jobs bills, transportation programs and the Veterans Job Bill the GOP recently voted down. The GOP has made it their only job to make sure President Obama is a one term one. Please don't make their dreams come true.
+12 # billeeboy 2012-10-11 15:07
Neither Romney nor any of his five sons have served in the military.....oh , I forgot, it is up to the 47% to provide fighting men to protect the entitlements of Mitt and his ilk!
+5 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-11 16:28
As I said I am in favor of the Draft coming like Nitts being the first to go I saw them not go in the 60;s Daddy paying the tab to let them leave or using some excuse.
It is time we remind everyone that if We got to War for Mitt Everyone will be used to clean up this mess. Personally I hope Iran has the bomb, be a lot simpler. But if not I think Korea has the target right on.
the Nit Wit Clan must serve and all Mormons
+3 # wipster 2012-10-12 00:53
Quoting KittatinyHawk:
As I said I am in favor of the Draft coming like Nitts being the first to go I saw them not go in the 60;s Daddy paying the tab to let them leave or using some lame excuse.

The only way I would be in favor of a draft is that, after a type of basic training, draftees would have their choice of either serving in the Military or the Peace Corp. It's time we started to make a good name for ourselves around the world for helping people without our kids only being taught to fight and kill. I don't mean that's the only thing that our Military does as they do a lot of good while we're occupying a country rebuilding everything we've blown up, but honestly that's not what their main task is. It's time we have people who serve our country by helping people around the world who invite us in, rather than invading them and destroying things with all of our war toys... hey, maybe it would catch on and we could turn our swords into plowshares (maybe Haliburton or Lockheed Martin could do it for us).
+8 # KittatinyHawk 2012-10-11 16:30
Thank You Senator. I hope you and the People of Your State Stand with you. You are all facing Tar Sands, Depression. Your middle and poor will be fighting for Israel.
Time we get Republicans and lame Democrats out. Big Bird isn't the only one backing OB and Biden
+7 # bingers 2012-10-11 21:45
Republicans like this used to be common. Now it's so surprising to see a sane Republican that we get overwhelmed. I was never a Senator, but I was a Republican precinct captain and got religion when (after years of complaining about my own party) the morons-in-chief put up the spectacularly unqualified Dumbya for president.

Great to see another one out there.

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