Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Vote for the moment

Before you go to the polls and vote or don’t go the polls and vote out of anger or regret or frustration or grief or disappointment or whatever emotion you are feeling right now, recall this quote from Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign.

Someday we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.

We didn’t get all the way there but we started.  That moment hasn’t come, yet.  Those who said “NO we can’t” spoke louder than those of us who said “YES, we can.”  Maybe we thought it would be too easy.  We didn’t realize how much some would fight NOT to care for the sick, NOT to help the jobless, NOT to stop the oceans from rising or the planet from healing, who would NOT want to end an unnecessary and unjust war or secure our nation or restore the image of our country.  We know now.  And now, we have a choice.  We can abandon our search for the moment Obama describe or we can pick ourselves up and continue on the journey, a little wiser but more determined than ever to be able to look back and tell our children and grand children that we didn’t give up on the moment and because we didn’t it finally came.


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