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Fri Sep 7, 2018, 02:51 PM

PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS AT THE U. OF ILLINOIS -- VOTE, BECAUSE OUR DEMOCRACY DEPENDS ON IT

Hope to help us endure dark days ahead.

Start at the 5:00 mark.

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Reply PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS AT THE U. OF ILLINOIS -- VOTE, BECAUSE OUR DEMOCRACY DEPENDS ON IT (Original post)
ancianita Sep 2018 OP
Hermit-The-Prog Sep 2018 #1
ancianita Sep 2018 #2
Hermit-The-Prog Sep 2018 #3
ancianita Sep 2018 #4
Hermit-The-Prog Sep 2018 #7
ancianita Sep 2018 #8
denvine Sep 2018 #5
ancianita Sep 2018 #6
Hermit-The-Prog Sep 2018 #9
ancianita Sep 2018 #10
Hermit-The-Prog Sep 2018 #13
smirkymonkey Sep 2018 #11
ancianita Sep 2018 #12

Response to ancianita (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 02:55 PM

1. Thank you!

I missed it 'live'. Thanks for the link!

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 03:20 PM

2. ...

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Response to ancianita (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 03:45 PM

3. downloaded

Took me nearly an hour to download it from youtube.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 04:04 PM

4. Hmm... Couldnt you click on the highlighted link and watch?

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Response to ancianita (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 04:14 PM

7. ha!

Watching streaming video on my connection is hit or miss. Dropped frames and pauses are not uncommon.

For something like this, I want the highest resolution available and no pauses (except by choice). That means download and then play.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 04:15 PM

8. Ah. I see. Glad you got it. The speech brought tears to my eyes, just like years ago.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 04:06 PM

5. It's a thing of beauty!

I miss him so much! I wish everyone would watch this because I don't see how anyone would not agree with the principles of his speech and how what we are going through is not normal and not healthy for our Democracy.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 04:06 PM

6. Excerpts of President Obama's speech:

"We need more women in charge... Americans who before didn't engage in politics but laced up because they, too, believe this time's different...

This moment's too important to sit out ... the antidote to a govet controlled by a powerful few, that divides... is a govt by the organized, energized, inclusive many...

... you cannot wait for a savior ... we don't need a messiah ... all we need are honest, decent, hard working people... and they will make things better if they have support ... it will be a start, and you have to start it.

One election will not fix everything that needs to be fixed, but it will start it.

What's gonna fix our democracy is YOU... you're the antidote...not in just this election but in every subsequent election, and in the days between elections...

... because in the end the threat to our democracy doesn't just come from Trump, or the current batch of Republicans in Congress, or the Koch brothers and their lobbyists, or too much compromise from Democrats or Russian hacking.

The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference... cynicism ... and cynicism led too many people stay home on election day.

To all the young people who are here today .... your generation has more power than anybody to change things... if you want it, you can make sure America gets out of its current funk. If you actually care about it, you have the power to make sure we seize a brighter future.

But to exercise that power you have to show up. If you thought elections don't matter, I hope these last two years have corrected that impression.

So if you don't like what's going on right now, and you shouldn't -- do not complain, don't hashtag, don't get anxious, don't retreat, don't binge ... don't lose yourself in ironic detachment, don't put your head in the sand, don't boo -- VOTE!

... If you are really concerned ... the best way to protest is to VOTE! ... if you turn to politicians who offer nothing but "thoughts and prayers" after a mass shooting, you've got to do what the Parkland kids are doing, some of them aren't even eligible to vote yet ... they don't give up until Congress sees their lives are more important than a check to the NRA ... You've gotta vote!

... When you vote you've got the power to make it easier to afford college, and harder to shoot up a school... you've got the power to make sure a family keeps its health insurance, you could save somebody's life... When you vote you've got the power to make sure that white nationalists don't feel emboldened to march with their hoods off or on in the middle of the day ...

30 minutes. Is democracy worth that? ... Each generations has brought us to the other side, not by sitting around and waiting for something to happen, not by leaving it up to someone to do something, but by leading that movement for change themselves.

Not perfection ... but with each new step we take in the direction of fairness ... hope spreads ... and that can be the legacy of your generation ... that stood up to remind us just how precious our democracy is ... when we fight for it, when we believe in it ... I believe in you. I believe you will help lead us in the right direction and I will be there with you every step of the way."

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Response to ancianita (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 04:32 PM

9. perhaps gen 2.0

The "greatest generation" took on a global threat to democracy and won. (The name is misleading because it implies a single age group). We're in the grips of another global threat to democracy right now. This is not armed warfare. It is conquest by disruption, dismantling, division, moles, and psychological manipulation.

It's time for greatest generation 2.0 to rise up and fight. In the U.S., that means each voter needs to act -- don't leave it to someone else. Someone else is counting on you.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 06:44 PM

10. "Someone else is counting on you." Nailed it.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #10)

Sat Sep 8, 2018, 04:29 AM

13. manufactured orphans

I grew up in a town with a population of 500. TrumPutin and the GOP have deliberately, coldly, and maliciously manufactured more orphans than the entire population of that town. I can't get that out of my head.

Vote to save us from more atrocities committed in our name.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 07:36 PM

11. That was brilliant!

I hope he goes on the campaign trail because he is the shot of inspiration that we need.

I love this man!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 09:43 PM

12. I think that's been his plan for a while. He and Holder and their org plan to get active.

I adore him.

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