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It’s time for GOP to refocus

December 2, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the editor:

As a result of President Barack Obama's recent re-election as our nation's chief executive by a most-impressive 332-206 Electoral College margin over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, combined with the Democrats increasing their majority in the U.S. Senate and making gains in the U.S. House of Representatives, perhaps Republicans will now finally consider being more receptive to the wishes and needs of America's working and middle classes and cease to take their marching orders from the vituperaive demagogues of the conservative entertainment complex. That group includes Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Dick Morris, Ann Coulter, et al, whose often hate-filled personal rants are seldom based on any semblance of reality and distract from focusing on the critical issues of our nation that need to be addressed.

Over the decades, Democrats have been chiefly responsible for programs and initiatives that have significantly contributed to our greatness as a nation, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, unemployment compensation and workers' compensation to name but a few.

During his first term in the White House, Obama's leadership has been critical and chiefly responsible for the following: equal pay for equal work; saving the domestic auto industry; credit card reform; the Hate Crimes Prevention Act; the Affordable Care Act; student loan reform; Wall Street reform; middle class tax cuts; repeal of don't ask, don't tell; raising fuel efficiency standards; ending the war in Iraq, etc.

Is it not now finally time for Republicans to concentrate on the nation's business and challenges and be less obstructionist and more willing to consider compromise for our nation's greater good?

Without a positive refocusing of their political and national goals and strategies and becoming more statesmanlike in their approach to the legislative process with a prioritization of the needs of the working class, including less advocacy for the very wealthy, the Republican Party on a national level may be in jeopardy of losing significant relevance as a major political force.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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