So You Don't Like President Obama. You Still Need to Vote.
Many Democrats and Progressives (especially those who registered in the last Presidential election) have signaled their intent to boycott the upcoming midterms in November.
This would be a terrible mistake.
It’s true that discouragement and disillusionment have taken a huge toll on the liberal base.
And for valid reasons.
Listening to candidate Barack Obama campaign, many of us hoped we were electing an idealist. Soon after the swearing-in we realized we actually elected a pragmatist.
We wanted Bobby Kennedy.
We trusted there would be investigations into the previous administration’s crimes against its citizens—as well as its disingenuous justifications for a preemptive war in Iraq. What we got was Gerald Ford pardoning Nixon.
We were deeply disappointed with the soaring rhetoric of the Presidential campaign being reduced to political compromise and justification of broken promises:
• The troops that remain in Iraq.
• The private meetings with the health care industry that were not televised live on C-Span.
• The President’s failure to demand a genuine public option for America’s poorer citizens.
• What happened in regard to the closing of Guantanamo.
Add to this, that the Obama administration has kept us entrenched in Afghanistan, fighting a war we cannot possibly win—at a human and fiscal cost that is growing more repugnant to the masses by the day.
As a result, Liberals have become like the Biblical Israel.
Soon after being released from their cruel bondage in Egypt, these folks forgot just how bad it really had been.
Do you remember just a few years ago when speaking dissent against the ruling party was inviting investigation and even arrest?
Do you remember an administration and a Republican controlled Congress that showed utter disregard for the Bill of Rights, using national tragedy as a way of instituting xenophobic control over its citizens while systematically stripping away their liberties?
Do you remember how America went from receiving nearly global post 911 sympathy to being despised and distrusted, as a result of our arrogance and cavalier disregard of human rights, the U.N. and the Geneva Conventions?
Do you remember how patriotism was redefined to Nixonian levels and how even firefighters were discussed as potential recruits to spy on citizens, and note “subversive” materials in homes during the course of their work?
Do you remember the recent economic collapse being compared to the Great Depression as a result of policies that favored the richest few while indenturing the middle class and the poor?
Do you remember just how close we were to having a moral, “us against them” Theocracy rule this land?
Our complaints against the Obama administration may be valid, but allowing Republicans and Tea Party-ers to win in November will usher in times too horrible to imagine.
Never forget: These are the same folks, holding the same philosophies, who brought us the previous nightmare.
You may argue that November represents a choosing between the lesser of two evils. So be it.
You may also resent being lectured by the President when he says, “People need to shake off this lethargy. People need to buck up”—especially when it is his administration’s compromises that have helped fuel the malaise.
I believe the Obama administration has done much to reverse policies that were destructive and divisive, while trying to salavge a desperately ravaged economy. You may disagree.
But, if for no other reason than self preservation, get to the polls and vote this November to keep the jack booted, liberty overthrowing, rights dismissing, rich enslaving the poor, moral divison-ist, homophobic, xenophobic, preemptive war justifying folks, out of office.
If you can’t vote with the same eagerness you felt in 2008, then in the name of all that is holy show up and vote against everything that would destroy the ideals you wish the Obama administration would actually fight for.
Your future depends on it.
“Decisions are made by those who show up.”