Letter to the editor: Alabamians are behind the curve on change
by Reed Dudley
Nov 16, 2012 | 6003 views | 6 6 comments | 534 534 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In Alabama, we live inside a bell jar.

Romney/Ryan signs decorate the back windshields of cars and yards across the state. Preachers in the most rural areas raise their voices in opposition to Obama and praise Romney, even if he is a Mormon.

The entire Greek system at Auburn gladly showed their support for Romney with their “Greeks for Romney/Ryan” and “Raised Right” t-shirts, smirking smugly when they talk about how Romney is a “businessman” just like their fathers and grandfathers.

How could Romney possibly lose? Fox News showed him winning a landslide.

Unfortunately, reality painted a different picture. My mother told me to never give up on my dreams, but I think Auburn’s Republican population should.

No amount of thinly-veiled racist Facebook status updates and Tweets will change the fact that Barack Obama was re-elected as president on Tuesday, Nov 6. Reality doesn't have a “liberal bias.” Romney was always losing. You can’t polarize 47 percent of the population (which, ironically enough, is the percent of the vote Romney won) as being lazy and entitled and run a platform on preserving “traditional” marriage and setting back women’s rights by taking away the right to choose and redefining what rape really is.

Obama’s campaign slogan of “Forward” really makes sense when you take the time to think about it. We live in a society where four states just voted to allow gay marriage, the first openly LGBT senators were elected, and women will not allow out-of-touch men in Washington to tell them what they can and cannot do with their own bodies.

This country—no, this world—is moving forward and the only thing you can do is accept it and concede with as much grace as your Mitt Romney did.

Stop complaining. Stop disgracing this University and our creed with your racist comments. Stop refusing to accept the fact the world is changing and embrace it.

Reed Dudley


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November 26, 2012
Obama is not a Socialist. Obama is not a Communist. Obama is a Liberal Democrat, and he actually considered quite a centrist by most political analysts in comparison to other presidents. The Founders of this nation were all liberals. The conservatives of the time period actually wanted the U.S. to remain under England's plow. I saying this to irritate anyone. This is simply historical fact, to put things into perspective. The middle-eastern Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups would not be considered liberal, but they would be considered conservative: they believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, and they believe that their religion should be reflected and enforced by law.

I am not saying this to irritate anyone. I am not saying this to promote one side over the other. I am saying this to ask you to think about what you believe whatever it is and question why you believe it. If your beliefs are solid they should be rooted in reasoning and logic.

No American should ever express hate against another American for who they are or what they believe. That's not why soldiers have given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of an idea that is truly American. We have a responsibility to show each other respect and discuss the issues with true class and logical thought. Better men than you have died defending this privilege.
November 17, 2012
Young people with your mindset or lack of give me no hope for the future of this once great country. I'm guessing that you love Marx and Lenin also right?
November 17, 2012
I don't, but thanks for asking!
February 28, 2013
Have you read Marx? What Marx wrote and what his followers actually did were often two very different things. To accuse someone of communism is nothing more than an outdated throwback to McCarthyism, and last time I checked, it isn't the 50s anymore.
November 16, 2012
Jounalism major. What a surprise.
November 18, 2012
The world is moving forward?

Reed, I will let you go tell that to the Arab Nations.