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11/02/2012 08:29 am ET Updated Jan 02, 2013

Even If You Aren't Gay...

I couldn't help but notice that the polling coming out of Florida, Virginia and Ohio recently shows that people over 65 favor Romney's plan of creating vouchers for Medicare, while those under 55 are against it and support Obama's plan on Medicare. The split is easily explained by the fact that Romney's plan to shift all price risk of obtaining adequate insurance to the individual through a voucher system only applies to those under 55 years of age.

Many will see this as completely logical in the social Darwinian world we have created in which we each need to look out for our own interests as no one else will. But what does it really say about what we have become as Americans? Are these elders really telling us that since they've got theirs, they don't care what happens to the rest of us?

I believe this is the key to this election. Should we each vote narrowly in our own self-interest for a candidate that promises to make us better off, or do we have the capacity to walk in another person's shoes and be concerned about the rights and dignity of others?

Even if you aren't gay, the Republican Party's attack on the human rights of gays, lesbians and transgender individuals and couples should be so offensive to you that you cannot vote for Mitt Romney.

Even if you aren't female, the Republican Party's attack on the rights of a woman to make personal decisions about her body and life without the interference of ignorant male politicians and big government should be so offensive to you that you cannot vote for Mitt Romney.

Even if you don't belong to a union, the Republican Party's attack on the rights of workers to organize and defend their jobs against one dollar an hour overseas labor and big corporations should be so offensive to you that you cannot vote for Mitt Romney.

Even if you aren't black, the Republican Party's blatant attempts to appeal to racism by questioning whether Obama is one of us, is adequately educated or is up to the job should be so offensive to you that you cannot vote for Mitt Romney.

Even if you aren't a peacenik, the Republican Party's embrace of the military industrial complex and the belief that military conflict can solve any international dispute should be so offensive to you that you cannot vote for Mitt Romney.

Even if you aren't an environmentalist, the Republican Party's attack on climate change and its support of big oil, big coal and fracking should be so offensive to you that you cannot vote for Mitt Romney.

Even if you never slept in an Occupy Wall Street park, the Republican Party's attack on democracy and the voice of the people by supporting unlimited corporate campaign advertising and donations should be so offensive to you that you cannot vote for Mitt Romney.

Even if you aren't Muslim, the Republican Party's attack on Islam and its attempt to make all Muslims appear violent, extreme and threatening to America should be so offensive to you that you cannot vote for Mitt Romney.

Even if you aren't a student, the Republican Party's attack on subsidized student loans and the preservation of a system of inherited wealth and status in this country should be so offensive to you that you cannot vote for Mitt Romney.

Even if you aren't Hispanic, the Republican Party's attack on immigration reform and the creation of a reasonable path to citizenship for immigrants currently living in America should be so offensive to you that you cannot vote for Mitt Romney.

Even if you aren't sick, the Republican Party's attack on basic health care as a human right for all should be so offensive to you that you cannot vote for Mitt Romney.

Even if you aren't poor, the Republican Party's plan to further cut taxes on our wealthiest citizens' incomes, capital gains, dividends and inheritances should be so offensive to you that you cannot vote for Mitt Romney.

And yes, even if you are older, retired, comfortable and living in Florida, the Republican Party's attempts to decimate Medicare by turning it into a voucher system for future generations should be so offensive to you that you cannot vote for Mitt Romney.

John R. Talbott is a bestselling author and financial consultant to families whose books predicted the housing crash, the banking crisis and the global economic collapse. You can read more about his books, the accuracy of his predictions and his financial consulting activities at www.stopthelying.com