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A small point, ignore at your peril: Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans. They served this country, often at great personal cost, both physically, mentally, or both. They then come home to a hollowed VA Healthcare system, find themselves at a disadvantage for jobs, and come to see they are mocked for being "moochers" and "welfare queens" of "the 47%" by the same party that urged them to go to war just a decade ago because it was the "patriotic thing to do." Want to lose the military vote for a generation or more? Keep saying what you're saying about our men and women in uniform.
I'm an independent (No Party, technically), and watched both debates. I didn't see much ado about abortion on the Democrats' side. I saw a lot of discussion about Medicare and the economy. The Republicans mostly talked about the debt ceiling and their personal stories. Well, except for Clint Eastwood, who shared some personal anger toward a chair he named Obama. If you think abortion is shameful, don't have one. If you want one, have one. It seems the real issue is, "Who pays?" Let's start there, and keep the idea of banning or expanding the practice out of the discussion. My grandparents survived the Great Depression and WWII and they're spinning in their graves over what both parties have become. Eisenhower, now HE was a Republican!
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