In 2000, Florida sealed the election for George W. Bush and the GOP by a few hundred votes. Now in 2012, Florida seems once again poised to be a deciding factor in this election.
From 2008, under President Obama, we have worked our way out of the depression, killed Osama bin Laden, ended a war, passed much-needed healthcare reform, assured equal pay for women, implemented financial regulations, rescued the auto industry, made higher education more financially accessible, initiated immigration reform, gained the respect of foreign leaders and promoted democracy.
I hear from many who are disillusioned with the president; that he did not keep all his promises; that the economy is still not good enough; that he is a “socialist radical Muslim Kenyan infiltrator” and thus will not vote for him.
This is worrisome. They are not voting for Mitt Romney because they agree with his positions — or lack of them — but because it is a vote against Obama. Almost 53 years ago, 90 miles from our coast, many Cubans welcomed Castro not because they supported him but because they were against Batista.
Let us not repeat our past errors but look forward to a better future, rebuilding our economy while still caring for all our citizens.
Maria Elena Lopez, Coral Gables