02 November 2008

This Tuesday

Because for the last eight years, our country has been focused on fear rather than possibility...

Because trickle-down will never work in an open economy...

Because forty-five years is too long to wait for a dream to come true...

Because we cannot afford another eight years of an ill-conceived and illegal war...

Because "women's health" is not a euphemism for killing babies...

Because activist judges come in conservative flavors too, and the Supreme Court is supposed to protect the Bill of Rights, not undermine it...

Because universal health care isn't just a pipe-dream...

Because ordinary people deserve a tax break--not the top 5 %...

Because abstinence-only programs just don't work, they just lead to more abortions...

Because community service should count as experience...unless you think the poor don't count...

Because same-sex couples shouldn't be denied the rights and privileges that I have...

Because parents do have a responsibility for their children's education....

Because energy independence and green power aren't just national security issues, they're ethical issues...

Because the office of the President shouldn't be above the law...

Because our seniors have worked too hard to put social security into the stock market...

Because the protection of our troops and their medical treatment once returning home have been shameful...

Because a more diverse electorate means a stronger democracy...

Because the sins of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib need to be remembered and atoned for...

Because we're all a nation of immigrants, and we need reform that doesn't demonize new ones....

Because helping the poor isn't socialism, it's Christian. We are our brothers' keepers....

Because I want my child to grow up in an America he's proud of. One that takes care of those who can't take care of themselves. One that sees the environment as our responsibility. One that won't deny him his right to marry whomever he likes. One that won't keep him from attaining his dreams. One that sees America as part of a larger world, not the only think important in the world.

Because no matter how many years you spend in a rat hole in Vietnam, there is no excuse for race-baiting. There is no excuse for playing on the long history of racial fears just to get into office. There's no excuse for using fear to move into the future.
Because maybe, just maybe, hope can be more than a slogan, and change can be possible.

5 comments:

LD said...

Great post! There is only one right choice in this election. I think Obama's presidency will be successful if he can inspire others to accomplish great things. Clearly, he has had this impact already. This will be an historic eight years.

JD

The Scott Family said...

Amen

CEW said...

I hate to be a nit-picker, but....

Abu Grave should actually be spelled: Abu Ghraib.

CEW said...

I just hope that there's enough of us tomorrow to make a difference.

This is the first time in my adult life (other than my first time voting) that I have actually been excited to vote. The other times, I've felt a sickening feeling of inevitability. This time, I'm filled with anxiety, excitement, and joy.

I'm going to be calling my siblings tonight, reminding them to go vote tomorrow!

Audrey said...

Well said. For the first time in my life I was excited about an election. Today is a joyous one.