I believe that this presidential election is the most important in the last 100 years. Making the wrong decision could dramatically change the direction of our society. Back in the 1960s the Republican Party platform supported many of the principles in which I believed in. It stood for state rights, individual freedom, free trade and sound fiscal policy. Today that is no longer the case.
The rights of the states are no longer respected. Take the state of Oregon and California for instance. In the state of Oregon the people have twice passed a "right to die" law that permits doctors under certain conditions to prescribe medication that allows terminally ill patients to take their own lives. However, the Federal Government under Attorney General Ashcroft has attempted to override the will of the people. In California the voters passed a law authorizing "medical marijuana." Here again the Federal Government has interfered with the will of the citizens of California.
Similarly, the Federal Government has promoted a policy that undermines a women's "right to choose," while at the same time supporting an individuals right to have automatic weapons even though the majority of both political parties oppose it.
A sound fiscal policy is one that I support. However, the current administration has turned a budget surplus into a huge deficit that future generations will have to bear. At no time in our history has a war been waged without the taxpayers bearing at least some of the burden. Why is this war any different? Additionally I believe that those that receive the greatest benefits from a free society should bear the greatest burden and that therefore tax relief for those in the upper income brackets is unjustified.
The Republican party that I remember was for free enterprise and open competition. While the party still appears to support business and the free markets system it prevents safe drugs from being imported from Canada into the United States and prohibits the federal government from negotiating drug prices with the pharmaceuticals companies. Furthermore, it has limited its support of companies during stem cell research thereby allowing other countries to forge ahead in this important scientific field.