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Why I support Barack Obama

by Ron Fullwood


In electing Barack Obama, America advanced an authentic leader to the White House.

Although he's an accomplished academic - a former president of the Harvard Law Review; though he's served in the Illinois State Legislature and in the Senate; Mr. Obama's most productive and important qualification is his skill in inspiring and organizing which began with the choice he made after college to go into the communities and work to bring people together to help make a positive difference in their surroundings and in their lives.

Hope is the mantra he's chosen as his organizing point. Throughout his previous campaign and election, and the present one, Mr. Obama has been ridiculed and even scorned for promoting that one motivating principle, as if that represented the totality of his platform and initiatives. Hope can't feed the hungry, care for the sick and injured, end wars . . . but Mr. Obama wants us to believe in our ability to come to solutions and remedies for these issues and concerns by facing them together without the obstructing veils of cynicism and corrupting self-interest.

As his inauguration unfolded alongside the celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Mr. Obama's message of hope reminded us of the nation's reaction to the 'dream' that King expressed in his address at the Lincoln Memorial at the end of the March on Washington.

Martin Luther King, Jr. will always own that moment where he inspired the nation to move past the personal and institutional bigotry, racism, and discrimination which had marked centuries of oppression for people of color in America. Likewise, it is reasonable to argue that the moment and the challenges we face are no less perilous or consequential to the citizens of our country and abroad than the ones we faced in the '60's.

In as inclusive a manner as our nation is capable of, Barack Obama offered his echo of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream in his national campaign - rallying a nation to join him in pulling the levers of political action and reform; rallying us to believe and to have hope for the future. Pulling the nation completely out of the mess we're in will be a remarkable achievement, if he's ultimately successful in his leadership.

There had been so many feelings of despair among those of us who worked to change the direction and make-up of our government and the White House through the Bush years, so much hopelessness. There was an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment when Barack Obama was elected which each and every supporter of Mr. Obama's candidacy could revel in - not the least of which had been his candidacy's ability to make Americans believe in their ability to change the direction of our country through our political action and votes.

Baynard Rustin, a key organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, argued in his book, 'Strategies for Freedom', that for a movement to have a permanent and transforming imprint, it should have a legislative goal attached which will transcend the whims of the emotions of the moment. Describing a different struggle that America faced with the advancement of civil rights, he wrote that:

"Moral fervor can't maintain your movement, nor can the act of participation itself. There must be a genuine commitment to the advancement of the people. To have such a commitment is also to have a militant sense of responsibility, a recognition that actions have consequences which have a very real effect on the individual lives of those one seeks to advance."

"Far too many movements lack both a (legislative) perspective and a sense of responsibility, and they fail because of it," Ruskin wrote.

Barack Obama has managed to advance himself to the presidency with that legislative goal in front of his appeal to hope. Achieving legislative solutions which will adequately confront the republican minority will certainly take more time. That effort will also, more than likely, take even more protesting and advocacy, but, as long as we keep our legislative goals at the head of our protests, and form the necessary coalitions of support to advance those legislative efforts within the system, we can assume the necessary responsibility for the consequences of our government and transform the direction of our movements from agitation to action.

Barack Obama's election was the realization by voters that our nation's problems will not be solved by academics, experts and technicians, economists, military tacticians, or legislators alone. It was an acknowledgment that we're all going to need to commit ourselves to stay engaged in working to develop and implement solutions.

As we work for the reelection of our 44th President, we also celebrate our own victory over cynicism and our determination to come together to drive home our stake in the future of our nation. We've elected someone who insists on that inclusive future. We've elected an authentic leader.

I can't help but look at President Obama with wonder at the pace and scope of change in my lifetime

I looked at his relaxed, confident face as he signed what may well turn out to be the most important piece of social legislation in my lifetime, his signature 'Affordable Care Act' and I marveled at the very visual affirmation of the progress our society has made in my lifetime; all at the behest and determination of Democrats and the Democratic party.

I was born into a society in which government was just beginning to respond to the demands of my parent's generation to treat us as equals and to defend that equal treatment behind the force and authority of the Federal government. My own life has been largely void of the most pernicious of barriers to opportunity, self-determination, and justice that they fought for, and I'm constantly aware of how our party's responsiveness to those rights and needs of my community have grown right along with my own advancements through adulthood.

I look at our President and I'm humbled by the wisdom and progressiveness of Americans in electing this man. I'm further humbled by the fact that it is, once again, our Democratic party which broke the barrier of race which had vexed many in the black community in their aspirations for that high office.

It was Democratic President John F Kennedy who introduced the Civil Rights Act in 1963 in his civil rights speech advocating "giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public—hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments," as well as "greater protection for the right to vote."

The civil rights bill got bottled up in committee, yet, the assassination of the President; the March on Washington; and President Lyndon Johnson's leadership got the chocked wheels of Congress rolling toward eventual passage. Interestingly enough, the maneuvers that Democratic legislators employed to circumvent members of our own party who were blocking passage mirrors the engineering of the advancement of his 'historic' health bill.

Now, no one could argue that the civil rights legislation was perfect, or the process without taint. However, the barrier was crossed and future generations were forever bound to the idea of Federal protection of equal rights and equal access. Years later, our Democratic party is still leading the way in making the promise of that legislation a reality by enhancing and expanding those protections.

That's what I saw through the blur of water in my eyes, as I watched the president sign yet another major advance in federal protection and defense of rights for Americans in obtaining access to health insurance and keeping it on behalf of our Democratic party. That's what I see when I watch this Democratic president working on our behalf.

In my lifetime, I've NEVER seen a government or party which completely represented me.

I thought, when I first began to pay attention to government, and I'm certain now, that it's not designed to just represent me, but is responsible for a myriad of needs and concerns - some of which I may not share. *The only thing I've ever felt I was due was to have my ideas compete alongside the others. I've always understood that I'd have to generate as much enthusiasm for a candidate from my district or state to carry those ideas to the statehouse or Congress.

I understand that there will be opposition to my ideas, sometimes overwhelming opposition. But, I'm comfortable to have my ideas in consideration along with more popular or accepted ones. I see our political system as a mechanism to reconcile the many different and diverse ideas and concerns into action. I recognize that it's not always easy or possible. I'm not discouraged by that; I'm challenged to work harder.

In my lifetime, the Democratic Party has been outstanding in carrying and advancing those ideas I support and believe in. Those ideas haven't always prevailed, even among Democrats, but I have lived long enough to see some of those ideas revived, presented, and advanced after all, despite an earlier rejection or defeat. I fully intend to keep pressing my ideas and concerns until they can generate the support needed to advance them legislatively or otherwise.

I never expected to get my way with 100 senators and 500 representatives, but I'm gratified for the progress we've made in achieving the numbers needed to gain the majority. There is obvious value in holding the majority, including the important ability to keep republicans from setting the agenda on the floor and in committees.

In all, the Democratic party remains the most effective and representative vehicle for my ideas and concerns, despite the disagreements I may have with the actions of this Congress or any other I've witnessed. Most of our Democratic senators and representatives work hard to represent us as we continue pressing them for recognition and advancement of those ideas and concerns. I've personally had more than that opportunity. That's all I've ever expected.

This election year has been much like our unusual, unpredictable weather these days. There's so much unprecedented in the atmosphere and landscape of our party's upcoming defense of our Democratic presidency. There's the obvious historic nature of this current president who's race is being deliberately (if not mindlessly) highlighted and framed by many of his bigoted, republican opponents and their supporters; so far, mostly to the advantageous effect of mobilizing and energizing our Democratic base to his heightened defense and support.

I'm mindful that it was just a year, or so, ago that both the economy and President Obama's appeal was teetering on a precipice of indifference in his re-election to an outright wave of opposition from his own base of supporters. A combination of a populist appeal and some executive action has attracted enough of an early buzz regarding the president's re-election from his party regulars and others that he has effectively placed himself firmly into the vital role of our party's political champion.

It's a welcome end of term of a operationally defensive presidency caught up worrying about smoothing out every republican-induced bump in the legislative roadway. Free from any significant or noticeable primary challenge -- and advantaged by a prevaricating and flawed republican nominee -- President Obama has been able to appeal to both the traditional factions of our party, and to many more progressive interests, as well, and position his supporters to rally against the extremes coming from his republican opponents.

It's been a perfect storm of opposition which has inspired many passionate defenses of this presidency from potential Democratic voters; of its agenda; and of its legislative accomplishments. The opposition party has muddied up what had just recently augured to be a dry referendum from them on the struggling, incumbent President.

I am a giddy fool in my unquestioned, enthusiastic, energetic support for the re-election of Barack Obama; basking in the glow of his excellent character, his steady and progressive logic, and in his warm and embracing appeal to our core Democratic principles; reveling in the bold contrast he offers against the bleak and caustic republican opposition. I am a dedicated and loyal toiler against his demagogic attackers.

My natural aversion to the reflexive moderation and unnerving compromises which marked much of his first term is undone (almost) by the warmth, strength, and beauty of this Democratic President's substantive and inspiring campaign and grace in office.

Let me say from the outset that, in comparison to most politicians of any stripe or position, Barack Obama is a very dynamic and compelling figure.

Fact is, his persona, character, and interests reflect more of America than any president in my lifetime. Much is made about Bill Clinton playing sax on Arsenio as candidate, but this president has displayed contemporary cool in office with his embrace of electronic and social media; his public embrace of contemporary music and musicians; as well as his interest in sports from the major leagues to his frequent games of one-on-one b-ball.

More importantly, though, President Obama has embraced many of the progressive issues of our time and presented their resolution or disposition as imperatives for the immediate future. That's a marked difference from the traditional caution of our political establishment. To be certain, many politicians are now challenged to come forth with positions and action on issues they thought they could slow-walk through the political process until they were dead or forgotten.

Even in the midst of our present financial disaster/recovery-- maybe even because of it all -- this president is pressing for action and accomplishment to counter the typical, deliberate cynicism many in our national legislature have worked to engender in our expectations of the government we've made them responsible for.

'Cool' for this president isn't just an attitude; it's a persona derived from his sincerity and commitment to those things which Americans feel characterize the best of what we are and what we aspire to become. Folks recognize that commitment to our national, social, and political advancement and want to identify with that sentiment and effort. Barack Obama inspires Americans on a real level; on a plane where Americans actually live and exist.

I know I can sometimes appear to be an optimist, but I'm often deeply cynical about politicians and government. Don't mistake my confidence and positive persona for optimism, or for some kind of naivete. Hell will freeze over, I believe, before I see all of the changes I want enacted by government realized in my lifetime.

There are, however, transformational moments in our history which usher in progress which can't be reversed or erased. I believe that President Obama's announcement, in his calculated interview, that he now fully supports marriage equality, is one of those earth-moving political decisions which will usher in a new generation of civil rights for those individuals in the LGBT community who have been deliberately denied basic citizenship rights because of who they love; who they choose to have sexual relationships with; and, who they choose to marry.

We don't need to dwell too long on the utter immorality and political timidity of the president's earlier position which he had said was 'evolving' over time. There is no justification to be had for his insistence on sticking to his position against marriage equality and rights for gay Americans. There isn't any mitigation of those views to be had in his welcome and correct support of many other precepts of our LGBT agenda. There isn't any justification for waiting so long to express this change of heart -- no letting the powder dry; or waiting for the next election; or defending his reelection can justify maintaining such a selfish and hurtful stance.

Yet, there isn't any more need to dwell on those transgressions of Barack Obama now that he's made a decision to move forward to change attitudes and the law. There's no more need than there was to dwell on the faults of President Lyndon Johnson -- a man who ushered in a new era of civil rights for black Americans and others; yet, couldn't keep himself from calling blacks 'nigras.' -- after he had his own epiphany and embraced the civil rights fight; enlisting every instigation of democracy he could manage to further the historic progress he ultimately achieved in making the federal government responsible and accountable for the defense of those rights.

What the President has done with his statement -- just a couple of paragraphs; a few sentences -- is to make himself the primary target for those who would oppose these rights he's advocating. In this election year, President Obama will be forced; challenged to defend his position on marriage equality as integral to the defense of his entire candidacy for reelection. I don't know if that's the fight folks were expecting, but that's the one we've got right now.

Fortunately, this President has already demonstrated his capacity and ability to express empathy, compassion, and understanding on many issues in ways which welcome all Americans to join in and participate. Indeed, President Obama has used this issue as a measure of our commitment to each other; employing his defense in a way which ultimately unites us.

It's hard to understate the importance of this sitting president's embrace of these basic, but denied, rights. History has shown that it takes leadership at the level of the presidency to initiate and carry through important changes in our society. It has been said by Edmund Burke that, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

Or, perhaps, more accurately, ""When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."

So, united we now stand. Forward to the fight for equality for all!

Watching President Obama's campaign kickoff speech in Ohio, just one more time, I got a bit more of an idea of what he's angling to achieve in this campaign beyond his reelection. I'm looking at Barack Obama in the context of the history of our nations leadership --within and without government -- and I'm struck by the degree that this president has managed to inflect his political rhetoric with elements of a progressive agenda which have previously been the elements of activism and advocacy from outside of government; rhetoric not normally associated with a sitting president.

One of the very first thoughts expressed in his speech was a profound statement of our political party's purpose and identity:

"We came together because we believe that in America, your success shouldn’t be determined by the circumstances of your birth," President Obama said. "If you’re willing to work hard, you should be able to find a good job. If you’re willing to meet your responsibilities, you should be able to own a home, maybe start a business, give your kids the chance to do even better -- no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like, no matter what your last name is."


Right out of the gate, this president is embracing the struggle that the majority of Americans are facing in trying to earn a living and to provide for their families and their future.

"It was tough . . . It was tough all across the country," he said, "But the American people are tougher. All across America, people like you dug in. Folks like you fought back."

Most importantly, the President Obama defined where we came from in this economy, and in the other affairs which make up the state of our union, and declared that we are going forward -- not backward to the policies and politics which let us down in the first place.

'Forward' is more than just a motto; it's a defining stand against those who would have us reverse and take away the elements of progress that we've achieved so far. Forward is a declaration that we intend to build on the initiatives and actions which are already taking root for Americans around the nation.

In an earlier response to a thread of mine, DUer, grantcart, perfectly summed up President Obama's appeal in this election:

"He's not running to win the election," he said, "He's running to win the agenda. Rather than pivoting to the center he is trying to get the country to sign on to going forward on a progressive tact."

"We’ve got to move forward to that future where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules," President Obama said.

Exactly. Forward.



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Reply Facetime (Original post)
bigtree Sep 2012 OP
H2O Man Sep 2012 #1
bigtree Sep 2012 #2
H2O Man Sep 2012 #36
bigtree Oct 2012 #39
JTFrog Sep 2012 #3
bigtree Sep 2012 #7
babylonsister Sep 2012 #4
bigtree Sep 2012 #9
mopinko Sep 2012 #24
porphyrian Sep 2012 #5
bigtree Sep 2012 #10
bluestate10 Sep 2012 #6
bigtree Sep 2012 #11
lonestarnot Sep 2012 #8
bigtree Sep 2012 #12
lonestarnot Sep 2012 #18
grantcart Sep 2012 #13
JTFrog Sep 2012 #19
bigtree Sep 2012 #20
grantcart Sep 2012 #21
babylonsister Sep 2012 #29
handmade34 Sep 2012 #14
Scuba Sep 2012 #15
Scurrilous Sep 2012 #16
JDPriestly Sep 2012 #17
JaneyVee Sep 2012 #22
Scurrilous Sep 2012 #23
BlancheSplanchnik Sep 2012 #25
bigtree Sep 2012 #31
hrmjustin Sep 2012 #26
corkhead Sep 2012 #27
LineLineReply .
bigtree Sep 2012 #28
corkhead Sep 2012 #30
bigtree Sep 2012 #32
Hutzpa Sep 2012 #33
grantcart Sep 2012 #34
KoKo Sep 2012 #35
patrice Sep 2012 #37
Rhiannon12866 Sep 2012 #38
FrenchieCat Oct 2012 #40
bigtree Oct 2012 #41
freshwest Oct 2012 #42
SidDithers Oct 2012 #43
lamp_shade Nov 2012 #44

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 09:36 AM

1. Recommended.

After reading the first few paragraphs, I wanted to "recommend" this OP. Now, back to reading it.

Thank you for this. It is in the tradition of DU's best .....articles & essays with substance.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 09:49 AM

2. how absolutely wonderful and gratifying

 

. . . to have H2O Man providing the first rec and response.

Thank you so very much, my friend, for reading.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 06:29 PM

36. I've read it

a couple of times now, and find it more impressive each time. Very well done!

I'm mighty proud of being on the same team as you.

Also, I've e-mailed the link to a number of my friends and associates.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #36)

Mon Oct 1, 2012, 10:42 AM

39. :)

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 10:05 AM

3. k&DUrec

 

This is an excellently written piece. I enjoyed every bit of it.

Thank you!


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Response to JTFrog (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 10:29 AM

7. thank you, JTFrog!

 

thanks for reading

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 10:18 AM

4. Ron, I've been telling you for years...

you are one helluva writer, and this again proves the point. You should submit this baby somewhere good, like Rolling Stone or Esquire. I think it's fantastic! Thank you for writing it!

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #4)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 10:41 AM

9. okay, babylonsister

 

. . . you're definitely at the top of my valentine's hearts list!

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #4)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 07:22 PM

24. in these times would love this.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 10:19 AM

5. . n/t

 

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Response to porphyrian (Reply #5)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 10:59 AM

10. B-) n/t

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 10:22 AM

6. Hit right in every paragraph.

The part that I like is pointing out that President Obama's re-election fortunes turned for the better when he got tough with republicans and started out-smarting them instead of trying to accommodate their bullshit.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #6)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 11:25 AM

11. you make a good point, bluestate10

 

You can see some effect of the 'occupy' protests in the economic populism that President Obama has adopted as the heart and root of his appeal. I think he'll find more than enough support out in the nation for putting the obstructive, anti-democratic, corporatist, republican legislators in their place.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 10:32 AM

8. K & R!

 

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #8)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 11:51 AM

12. thanks, lonestarnot

 

thanks for reading. Gotta run . . . !

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Response to bigtree (Reply #12)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 01:22 PM

18. My pleasure to truth of the matter!

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 12:43 PM

13. This is one of the most important articles ever published at DU.

Not because it is an endorsement of the President. In fact take that part of it out and reread it.

It endorses optimism.

You can call it giddy but it isn't unquestioned.

It is questioned, it is examined and that is why we can be optimistic.

This is what those that fail to get excited about the election fail to see. There is always reason to by cynical but if you go through the issues and the context then we find that we now have reason to be hopeful.

Those of us that are showing some grey know that Jack was great and Teddy too, Jimmy had a simple charm and Clinton was both inspiring and completely frustrating. I would make the case that the President is the best reincarnation of the political spirit of Bobby Kennedy in our life time. Bobby was no saint. But he was incessantly hopeful. He was intellectually aggressive.

There have been other threads about reluctantly voting for the President because their personal ideals were so great that they found just enough reason to put an X next to the President. I feel sorry for those folks because they will never have a candidate they will be enthusiastic for. If you can't get excited about the reelection of President Obama then there is something missing.

What you have so generously laid out is the case not for the President, because right now there is no case against him, none. You have put for the objective, intellectual case to be optimistic, energetic even happy with the choice.

For well educated, self aware people what is the choice? We can either emulate the angst of Sartre's Roquentin at the small Chestnut tree and overcome with nausea and angst lay in a metaphorical state of vomit or we can commit to an action, an imperfect action. Or you can go to Ron Fullwood's bigtree and embrace the imperfection. We are never going to see the perfect candidate. It is also unlikely that we are ever going to see another candidate that give us better reason to leave the angst behind and take control of our future.

Despite an unprecedented campaign of hate, anger, bigotry, ignorance, obfuscation, hostility and hate (an intentional repeat) this man remains decent, focused, principled, optomistic, charming, healthy, positive, embracing and open to those who villify him without ceasing.

If you are going to commit to the President's campaign then why not do it with enthusiasm, even a little giddiness. It doesn't hurt anything, and it is contagious. It even irritates the haters more than anything.

So thanks Ron for laying out the argument not for the President, but for being enthusiastic about the President. Not about tolerating this unbelievable moment in history but being a little giddy about it.

Read it, hell I am going to memorize it.

Oh and nice picture too.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #13)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 02:08 PM

19. "Read it, hell I am going to memorize it."

 

That was so well said.

I'm already back for thirds!



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Response to grantcart (Reply #13)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 04:35 PM

20. damn, grantcart. lol

 

. . . now *I* have to re-read it!

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Response to bigtree (Reply #20)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 04:48 PM

21. If you do you will be forced to rec your own work.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #13)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 07:33 AM

29. What an endorsement!

And you're no slouch of a writer yourself...what you said! I remain optimistically giddy!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 12:51 PM

14. sweet, wonderful, pragmatic words

thank you!!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 12:53 PM

15. You had me at "hello" but this paragraph says a lot that I like ...

 

In my lifetime, the Democratic Party has been outstanding in carrying and advancing those ideas I support and believe in. Those ideas haven't always prevailed, even among Democrats, but I have lived long enough to see some of those ideas revived, presented, and advanced after all, despite an earlier rejection or defeat. I fully intend to keep pressing my ideas and concerns until they can generate the support needed to advance them legislatively or otherwise.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 01:04 PM

16. Excellent!

K & R

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 01:10 PM

17. K&R

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 04:54 PM

22. A masterpiece. And a great testament to the greatest POTUS of my lifetime.

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 06:31 PM

23. Kick

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 07:47 PM

25. I too am enthusiatically R'ing after just a few paragraphs

Thank you big tree, and thanks for the pic too. I always like seeing my fellow DUers faces

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #25)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 10:46 AM

31. I think I should show my face at least once a year

 

. . . although, it is just a bit disturbing; worse than staring in a mirror. Still, all of that advocacy practically demanded a visage to go with the verse.

Thanks for reading, Blanche (and thanks to the other responders without gratuitously kicking this thread anymore

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 07:49 PM

26. very good

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 08:57 PM

27. "He's not running to win the election," he said, "He's running to win the agenda."

"Rather than pivoting to the center he is trying to get the country to sign on to going forward on a progressive tact."


I sure hope so.


This will be the 9th presidential election I have voted in. The last 3.5 years have had some disappointments, but I have yet to vote for one I am 100% in lock-step with.

He's the closest I have been to being able to.

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Response to corkhead (Reply #27)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 11:33 PM

28. .

 

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Response to bigtree (Reply #28)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 08:55 AM

30. Morning kick for one of the best original articles I have ever read on DU

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Response to corkhead (Reply #30)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 10:48 AM

32. so gratified

 

. . . to have such enthusiastic and generous readers.

Thanks a bunch, corkhead!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 11:48 AM

33. "Cool for this president isn't just an attitude"

One of the mistake the right makes is thinking this president is not legitimate in his persona, in their minds --The right-- thinks that attacking the president from his strong point will unsettle him which in there eye gives them an edge in orchestrating their agenda, not forgetting that most people who have been paying attention knows this, so their strategy is to always use divide and conquer to achieve their goal of division.

We have to remain strong, stand united together in continuing the fight because the right will never stop in their pursuit of unmitigated hardship upon the middle class and poor people.

This is an excellent read and thank you for posting.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 01:32 PM

34. kick

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 06:26 PM

35. Already Rec'd this but just wanted to do a reply for your heartfelt, passionate

support of our President. I understand where you come from...and while I have problems with War/Indefinite Detention and Wall Street Banksters and lack of getting Holder's Butt on prosecutions....I will vote for Obama. And, while I want Obama to know that there are many Democrats who will keep holding him to his promise....that your views of him were appreciated and that I understand what you are saying.

And thanks for doing this post. What many DU'ers fail to understand is that those of us upset with him for more wars and policies that we thought we elected him to fight against that were done under Bush....I DOES NOT MEAN....that we would ever cast a vote for Mitt Romney.

It's just we feel that Obama needs to hear some of the "other Dems" views and we hope in his Second Term he addresses our Democratic Issues.

K&R...for a wonderful tribute...and it's much appreciated to read your words.

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Sun Sep 30, 2012, 11:40 PM

37. Forward!!!

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Sun Sep 30, 2012, 11:47 PM

38. K&R! Very well said!

I hope you submit this for publication somewhere soon. It's a little long for an LTTE, but any part of it would do. I'm proud to be on the same team as you are, too. When I first saw all of those candidates lined up on the stage in 2008, I couldn't help wondering who could possibly want the job now! We were left with such a mess. But I still feel that this president is the man for the job, now. He's both the smartest man in any room and has the temperament to deal with whatever's gone on, unlike anybody else.

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Wed Oct 3, 2012, 06:16 PM

40. Thank you for this!

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Response to FrenchieCat (Reply #40)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:47 PM

41. you

 

are very welcome, FrenchieCat!

Thank you for all of your tireless support of the President.

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Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:53 PM

42. So glad you wrote this! I would have missed this excellent essay if Grantcart hadn't linked it.

You expressed this with the clarity and wisdom that comes from a life well-lived. This is a true editorial on our 44th president. I will be reading your words along with these, which I sometimes need to feel peace in the midst of challenging circumstances. Thank you so much. Your words show the optimism of Howard Zinn when he said:

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something.

If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand Utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
~ Howard Zinn

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 05:27 PM

43. And another kick...

this is an especially good read today.

Sid

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Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:34 AM

44. You are appreciated, bigtree. See here >

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