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We Have Made The Choice

September 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm by: nancy a heitzeg Category: 2012 Election, Intersectionality, Voting Rights

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We Have Made The Choice
by nancy a heitzeg

But when all is said and done, when you pick up that ballot to vote, you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation… And on every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties.

It will be a choice between two different paths for America.

A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.

~ President Barrack Obama, DNC 2012

On November 6, 2012, we will turn out in record numbers to re-elect Barrack Hussein Obama as President of the United States.

If we are strong and clear enough in our vision and our numbers, we will return the Senate to the care of that Old Pugilist and  the gavel to The Woman who wields it so wisely.

Because there is work to be done. Because we are citizens, not corporations.

Because the Truth has finally outshone the Lie.

This is not to say that we will take anything for granted or under-estimate the malevolence of the opposition.

Never.

There will be the tried and once true efforts at voter suppression, legal and otherwise.

There will be the untold $$$ flooding the airwaves with distorted negativity; the hand-wringing of pundits whose paychecks ride on a horse -race, the news cycles that may be dominated by debates, job reports, unemployment rates and assorted unrest – some real, some manufactured, some here, some afar.

There will the minutia of endless poll watching and the false hopes of some last great white gasp from the fantasy of hidden Bradley effects or the Hail Marys of secret call lists.

None of it will matter.

They will be defeated. They already are.

On November 6, we will make official what the universe already knows -

The Age of Enmity is Over.


As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government… 

So you see, the election four years ago wasn’t about me.

It was about you. My fellow citizens, you were the change.

~ President Barrack Obama, DNC 2012

Historians will someday wonder about the events that turned the tide.

Some will point to the errors of the opposition. And surely, there were many.

The too visible, too virulent, racism and misogyny of the far right. The bullying. The outright admission that the Election could simply be sold to the highest bidder.

The Entitled Animal Abusing Opportunist at the top of the ticket who, with his less than charming wife,  holds nothing but contempt for half of the American public,  who uses pain, death and destruction as “political ” ploys. The Arrogant Ayn Rand Upstart who thought he could get away with telling nothing but the Biggest Lies.

The Disheveled Old Man ranting at an Empty Chair.

Yes.

But the Choice is not just rooted in rejection, it is the embrace of a bolder vision. A vision articulated by a regenerated Democratic Party who, with witness, authenticity and arithmetic, now clearly states the case.

Barrack Obama has always called us to that vision. It is at the core of who he is, who he always has been, who he has always said he was  — a community organizer whose circle just expanded from a neighborhood to a nation. He wanted to be President — still wants to be President – because the better America still must rise.

And despite the doubters, History will write that Barrack Obama was a master of the long game and played a crucible role in turning that page.

He reminded us of Hope and the optimism of uncertainty. Helped us rewrite the books on what was possible. Redefined what it meant to be an “iconic” Black American, a story no longer tethered to some pinched white allusions to athletes/entertainers nor to the tragic sacrifice of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

Barrack Obama not only made it over the mountain top  – he will have his face metaphorically carved on it. He will live long and prosper.

History will mark him not as just the First Black President, but one of the Greatest Presidents of All Time.

Period. No qualifiers.

And, so it now is possible for all those –once at the margins — to stand proudly in the center.

Barrack Obama calls us — supporters and cynics, allies and self-appointed enemies — to make the America Dream real. He calls us to the long hard work of civic engagement, community, and a politics where we the people are participants not passive observers.

Barrack Obama has opened the door and we are going through it,  a rushing rainbow torrent that can no longer be stopped.

Yes, our path is harder, but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer, but we travel it together.

We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind.

We pull each other up.

~ President Barrack Obama, DNC 2012

Between now and November 6, 2012, we will do everything we need to.

We will not  be distracted by the blatant lies and obfuscation.

We will not be lulled into the complacency of over-confidence or suppressed into the despair of not voting at all.

We will re-double our commitment — we will call, we will canvass, we will register new voters, we will GOTV.

We will not be deterred by “poll watchers” or new jim crow suppression efforts.

We will Vote.

And Our Votes will be Counted. All of them.

We will do all this – and soon more! – with hard hope and faith and love. Secure in the knowledge that we are on the cusp of that long moral arc, and are finally, bending much closer to justice.

Yes.

We have already Chosen..

And We are going Forward.

21 comments
badphairy
badphairy

I have gone from giggling like a schoolgirl to just dreading some new gaffe every day. I had no idea glee could be this banal. Yes, Obama is going to win over the Armani suit stuffed with straw. I just hope we don't forget the last few months in the rush for 2016.

 

For now, forward!

rubyr
rubyr

Thanks, Seeta!!! Sorry for the delay. I'm a dumb ass. 

rubyr
rubyr

"Because the Truth has finally outshone the LIe."

 

These word make my heart sing!!!

 

What a wonderful inspiring diary, Nancy. 

 

KayWhitlock
KayWhitlock

The Obama campaign reaches for the best in us; the Romney campaign appeals to the smallest, meanest, and worst in us.

 

And it's why Obama will win.

 

Thanks, Nancy.

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

 @rubyr hey rubyr! was hoping you would make it here..

 

thought about you when i wrote this -- we will make it happen

naheitzeg
naheitzeg

@AndoThaDonMusic Ride or Die

badphairy
badphairy

 @nancy a heitzeg Watched Game Change last night. I know why Hanks got an Emmy. And now this morning, it looks like Ryan has gone full Palin. I keep thinking they've hit bottom, yet they find new depths.

rubyr
rubyr

 @nancy a heitzeg  @badphairy I just read this and I didn't know whether to laugh or sob. Heaven help us all if this maniac gets into the White House. We will need a shadow President, for sure. I suggest Barack Obama, in the unlikely event that that occurs. 

 

I saw some tweets about this that I wanted to share with you ones, but I can't find them. Hilarious. 

rubyr
rubyr

 @nancy a heitzeg We HAVE to, we really do.

 

I just finished the new book about Karl Rove: "Boss Rove"  by Craig Unger (I may have mentioned it here). If everyone read that book, they would be working their asses off. I thought I knew a lot about him but I know a lot more now and that worm is smart, powerful, has $ONE BILLION in his Super Pacs and likes Romney (or did and is still sticking with him). In 2008, Rove wasn't active because he and McCain hate one another.

 

He is going to unleash a shitstorm of negative ads and he is just one of many but I think you are right and the Truth is outshining the lies and will continue so that we can save the soul of our flawed but wonderful country. 

 

Thank you for thinking about me. 

 

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

 @rubyr  @badphairy i am laughing now :)

 

almost as wild as as #Eastwooding

 

here's a tweet for you -- #RomneyPlaneFeatures - Why can't we have the freedom of oxygen that Seamus is having ?

rubyr
rubyr

 @nancy a heitzeg Yeah, I agree, and I hope we can combat that. The Dems have to be really smart to hold the Senate and pump up the House but I think they can do it. 

 

I mentioned the money but the much bigger thing is his ability and willingness to steal elections through masterminding voter suppression (on top of the IDs) and his willingness to smear anyone with any lie and have it work. 

 

I am praying that the power of the negative ad is weakened when they pile on. I really think the influx of all of that money and ads is just cover for them to engage in hanky panky but 

most people disagree and on the GOS, they say I and others who think as I do are CT nuts. For me the proof is in history and history as recent as the Scott Walker recall. 

 

I don't want to be negative. I hate negativity but I am a realist and these people are rotten. 

 

I am with you, though. If we work really hard and are smart

we will win. My main fear is that people will become complacent. I view Dems as a little lazier than the Republicans because they aren't fueled by all of that racist and fear-driven zeal. ONWARD AND UPWARD INTO THE LIGHT. 

 

Thanks, my friend, for everything. 

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

 @rubyr i think rove will take most of his $$ downstream to the Senate and House races..

 

and i honestly think we may have reached a moment the power of negative ads is weakened

 

hope i am right