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“Everything Is At Stake…”

August 24, 2012 at 10:11 am by: nancy a heitzeg Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Consumer Rights, Economic Development, Education, Housing, Immigration, Intersectionality, LGBTQ, Poverty, Prisoner Rights, Science/Technology, Voting Rights, Workers' Rights

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Washington, D.C., March 21, 2010

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defined the stakes of the 2012 election this way: “Everything is at stake. Civilization as we know it today,” she said, catching herself with a laugh. “That’s all. So, no pressure.”

“Everything Is At Stake…”
by nancy a heitzeg

I love that picture. Nancy Pelosi, the First Female Speaker of the House, marching – in her lucky lavender pumps no less – arm in arm with Representative John Lewis, veteran, to be sure, of so many Marches. Carrying the Great Gavel used when Medicare was passed into Law. On their way to vote on the Affordable Care Act.

I love that picture.

I love what it represents — a day when those who had been at the Margins, were at the Center, when government — however imperfect – was aspiring to better the lives of ordinary people.

This is what is at stake. Everything – yes everything – is at stake here.

The choice in 2012 could not be clearer.

Forward into the 21st century, finally on a pathway to the better visions for this country – the promise of equality, inclusion, the dream.

Or Back – all the way back to an antebellum era where only white men with property, wealth and title reign, at the expense of the people they own and the poor who labor, without pity, only for their enrichment.

Make no mistake. Romney/Ryan/GOP are out to erase 150 years of pain-staking snails pace progress. No to Social Security, No to Medicare, No to Environmental Protection. No to Women, to Communities of Color, to Immigrants, to LGBTQ. No to Voting Rights. No to Education, to Science, to Regulation, to Labor Laws, to Unions. No to Taxes for the Rich.

Please do not be distracted by the blatant lies and obfuscation.

Please do not be either lulled into the complacency of over-confidence or suppressed into the despair of not voting at all.

If you are already committed, please re-double that commitment — by calling, canvassing, registering new voters, GOTV.

If you are one of the 90 million unlikely voters, please consider your obligation to both yourselves and our collective future.

If you are disillusioned with the slow pace of change, please try to summon patience and the resolve to Occupy the Voting Booths so we all get the breathing room to fight another day.

This one is entirely on us.

We will be out-spent by wealthy interests and their millions unleashed by Citizens United. We will get no assistance from a media that is increasingly driven by right-wing bias, or so -called “journalists” afraid to confront misrepresentation and out – right lies.

Turn off the TV. Clear out the Noise. Listen to the Planet. Listen to your Better Selves.

Talk to everyone you know and those you don’t.

Then Rise like Lions….

Because Everything is at Stake..

32 comments
Seeta
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Very moving clarion call to action, Nancy.  And even more poignant now that Romney has gone full birther.  A sad day in America.  Romney is a spineless coward who is going to get his ass handed to him and will certainly get his comeuppance -- one way or another.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Anne Romney need to remove the stick they've got up their ass.  Pardon my french.  Despicable and contemptible people will stop at nothing for more power, including fanning the flames of white entitlement and supremacy.

badphairy
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 @Seeta French would be "s'en tenir à leur cul". The things watching Deadwood with the subtitles on will teach you.

rubyr
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This may explain some of it -- pretty frightening: 

 

http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1123514/47260078#c111

Seeta
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 @rubyr political scientists have long documented the irrational thinking of the electorate when making political choices -- employing heuristics or shorthands to select candidates.  Of course, the problem with the GOP misinformation propaganda campaign wouldn't be so much of a problem if we had more investigative journalists do their jobs (putting aside bad supreme court decisions ala Citizens United).

rubyr
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 @Seeta Hey Seeta!! Hope all is well with you and yours. 

 

You are so right!!

rubyr
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 @Seeta Thanks. I won't watch even one minute of it. Uh uh. 

Seeta
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 @rubyr Same to you rubyr!! Have a great weekend.  Relax up and meditate plenty before the American Taliban convention starts Monday!!

rubyr
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Thanks, darlin'. I am going to keep this URL and post it in every diary where people are 

disheartened. It will help them a lot. I have seen a lot of people feeling despair. You words will be a great inspiration to all. 

KayWhitlock
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Yes, everything is at stake. 

 

And when we win the presidential election, we must continue to work like hell for deep forms of social and economic justice.  Because the minute we become complacent...

rubyr
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This is a beautiful plea and has left me sobbing. I am very afraid that people are not going to wake up in time. The Dems are so arrogant and sure that because Romney is a blubbering idiot that Obama has it in the bag -- he absolutely does not -- he has to get past the MOT (margin of theft) and that is a hard goal.

 

Dems just cannot shift and force themselves to think the way Repugs and especially Tea Party rethugs, think. Those people do not find Romney stupid or offensive and if they do, they will vote for him anyway. 

 

I am also worried about the "disappointed" Democrats. They live in an idealized dream world where things should change with no effort, where the world becomes a very liberal place overnight, and nothing that offends or worries them comes to pass under a Dem president. These people scare me the second most. The people who scare me the most are the people who think the two parties are the same -- these people terrify me. I know people who feel this way and they cannot be budged. They cannot seem to see the evidence right before their eyes. Willful failure to perceive and differentiate.

 

Blessed be, Nancy Heitzeg!! You are a true wonder on this Earth and I cannot say it 

enough times. Kay and Seeta too -- if only people would listen to the three of you -- really listen.

 

KayWhitlock
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 @rubyr Do everything you can to help others understand that the "disappointment" they feel is being stoked by the Right - and that it is a mosquito bite compared to what they will get under Republican rule.  We cannot leave ANYTHING, any effort, undone.

rubyr
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 @KayWhitlock I know it. I cannot figure out HOW these people come to this conclusion. I guess it's easy to believe the parties are the same. Then you don't have to do anything, 

nancy a heitzeg
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 @rubyr oh rubyr --  yes

 

the Margin of Theft -- the sleepwalkers..

 

This is an emergency --what will it take to make that plain??

 

i wish i knew

rubyr
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 @nancy a heitzeg Well, what you are doing helps hugely. 

We have a horrible situation here. Some guy who got fired yesterday, just went and killed the manager of the store and then went onto the street and shot 9 other people. He was shot on the scene. We have GOT to get rid of these guns as per the recent diary here. So tragic. Four are in critical condition. It happened right by the Empire State Building, which is such a crowded area when people are on the way to work and there are so many tourists there. I am babbling!!1 Sorry. 

Seeta
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 @rubyr  @nancy a heitzeg Very sad, indeed.  Life is so fragile and so precious.  Unbelievable that another tragedy like this would befall, yet so expected given the laxity of our gun laws.  When will it end?  When will the mentally ill get the treatment they need?  When will the culture evolve?  When will we prioritize life and reason over profit (from gun sales)?

rubyr
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 @nancy a heitzeg  @badphairy Well, this has been a difficult day and you just made me belly laugh. A LOL is not enough. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

 

I'm voting for the sheep. 

badphairy
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 @nancy a heitzeg  @rubyr The agitation for circular firing should begin any moment in the twittersphere. There are some days I think the primates that are winning, aren't us.

rubyr
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 @badphairy  @nancy a heitzeg Yeah, we're just now hearing that they don't know if the victims were shot by the original shooter or the police. They should have Tasered him. That is a hugely populated area always and especially at that time of day. I hate guns!!

badphairy
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 @nancy a heitzeg  @rubyr Not only that, recent reports suggest that some of the victims were wounded by police fire. Highlighting just one of the many problems with the argument for arming everyone. Physics doesn't play favorites.

nancy a heitzeg
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 @rubyr yes you may post a link back to this rubyr

 

thanks always for caring so much

 

rubyr
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 @nancy a heitzeg Can I post the link to this diary in a diary on Kos? I will understand if you say no but there is a diary from yesterday titled "http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/23/1123514/-Need-help-with-outrage-fatigue".

 

No one is writing with such eloquence as you did here. The diary is from yesterday but I think people will see it. Many people are feeling like the person in that diary. I think your wonderful words might inspire. Feel free to say no. They do not deserve to have your work  on the GOS. 

nancy a heitzeg
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 @rubyr i can't imagine -- just say the news alert

 

Too many guns and so much anger.. And police profiling all the wrong people

nancy a heitzeg
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i know i am preaching to the choir here,,

 

Just had to say it -- the urgency is too great

Domino14
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Listen to the Planet.

love that.

 

this is great Nancy.

rubyr
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 @nancy a heitzeg Post this everywhere you can think of. It is very, 

very powerful. Maybe a few people will respond and get to work.