October 31, 2010


So, did you really think that The Fury of LA could be thinking about much else then politics at this time? With so much is hanging in the balance; I don't understand why more people aren't as concerned as I am.

Two years ago, a groundswell of Americans came together to elect a new president. We were hoping that in doing so, we could bring about substantial change in the powers that be. We did elect a new president, and we did accomplish something significant. It definitely was a historic moment. In the year, 2008, we elected the first African-American President of the United States.

Many of us, who remembered what it was like before the civil rights movement that had brought about a more equal America, were feeling pretty good about our accomplishment. It seemed like a golden moment to those of us who had been dreaming of such a time. All the prognosticators were touting a new kind of America, a 'post racial' America. Unfortunately, the glow didn’t last very long!

The pitfalls soon became clearly evident. By the time our new President was sworn into office, he was facing more serious problems than any President in the history our country. Our economy was in a state of near collapse, we were engaged in two wars, Global Warming (Climate Change) was progressing at an alarming rate, terrorism was on the rise, and both naturally occurring and man made disasters were happening all over the globe.

When we elected Barack Obama to be the 44th President of the United States of America, we weren’t able to vote in a large enough majority in the Congress and the Senate to bring about the changes that many of us were hoping for.

The problem was that a minority, but still large segment of our population, thought Obama's election was a fearsome and awful development. This segment was, and is, vocal and powerful. Yes, we did take over both houses of Congress, but the majority in the Senate was never large enough to counter the opposition party who had vowed to prevent any progress on vital legislation. Maybe it would have been different had the new administration had a unified party. Unfortunately our new President has had to deal with the Blue Dog members of his own party, who more often than not, voted with the opposition on major bills.

Nevertheless, our young President has still accomplished much in the short time he has been in office. No matter what happens, I still think Barack Obama, so far, has been the best President of my lifetime. I hope and pray that he will have the support he needs to keep accomplishing the tasks that are put before him.

On November 4th, 2008, I wrote a short post saying; now the real work begins. I wish I had done something more to help our President before this. If the election on Tuesday brings about a victory for The Party of No, I am one citizen who will feel guilty that I didn't try harder to help. I already regret that I haven't volunteered my time this year to help our president get out the vote. I regret that I wasn't more on top of things and especially that I didn't push a little harder to get a couple of friends whose political leanings are close to mine to re-register after moving so that they would be able to vote on Tuesday. At least that might have insured two more votes for the Democrats.

There are a lot of reasons why I haven't helped out with the effort, but all my excuses will feel pretty empty if things go as some are predicting.

Well, there is tomorrow and there is election day the day after that. Maybe I can still find a way to help out in some tiny manner. Maybe before it's all over, I can find a way to assist. Is there anyone out there who also wants to join me? Maybe someone somewhere will read this who wasn't intending to vote. Maybe because I wrote it, that person will decide to go to the polls or decide to help in another way. Maybe. Anything is possible. I have to remember that.

Posted by Judi at October 31, 2010 9:02 PM | TrackBack
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