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What will they do to us if they win?

Posted in politics with tags , , , on August 23, 2008 by Goodbye Apathy

Wow.  What a lot of conversation about the VP pick today.  Biden apparently brings a lot of experience to the table, the one thing that everyone says is their #1 concern about Obama.  But it’s not good enough, not radical enough.  Are we in a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation here?  Where is the recognition that the Right believes us stupid enough to fall for all this crap again?

Is there not enough blood – the blood of the Working Class – on the hands of George W. Bush, John McCain, and those who led us into this deceitful war?  Have we not suffered long enough at the hands of the men and women whose economic policies are designed to subjugate and control the poor and the middle class?  Just because we don’t have Ivy League educations, because we don’t make six figures a year or more, because we don’t own 7 houses, because we work every day to fuel the machine of the American Economy, are we less entitled to the benefits this country has to offer us?  Where is our opportunity?  Where does our hope lie?   In more drilling for Big Oil, say the Republicans.  In 100 years in Iraq, say the Republicans.  In bailouts for large financial institutions, but not for homeowners, say the Republicans.  Do you believe this?

Please tell me that you don’t go to work 40+ hours a week thinking of how you can make the rich richer.  Didn’t we once dream of being prosperous ourselves?  It will only take four more years for them to widen the income gap so significantly that we will never catch up.  It will only take four more years of ignoring the plight of our neigborhood schools for our children to fall behind so significantly that they will never catch up.  It will only take four more years of fear and we will be forever a nation whose potential has been blotted out by the will of the Wealthy.  Give yourselves a chance.

“They should know that there’s nothing empty about the call for affordable health care that came from the young student who told me she gets three hours of sleep because she works the night shift after a full day of college and still can’t pay her sister’s medical bills.

There’s nothing empty about the call for help that came from the mother in San Antonio who saw her mortgage double in two weeks and didn’t know where her two-year olds would sleep at night when they were kicked out of their home.

There’s nothing empty about the call for change that came from the elderly woman who wants it so badly that she sent me an envelope with a money order for $3.01 and a simple verse of scripture tucked inside.

These Americans know that government cannot solve all of our problems, and they don’t expect it to. Americans know that we have to work harder and study more to compete in a global economy. We know that we need to take responsibility for ourselves and our children – that we need to spend more time with them, and teach them well, and put a book in their hands instead of a video game once in awhile. We know this.

But we also believe that there is a larger responsibility we have to one another as Americans.

We believe that we rise or fall as one nation – as one people. That we are our brother’s keeper. That we are our sister’s keeper.

We believe that a child born tonight should have the same chances whether she arrives in the barrios of San Antonio or the suburbs of St. Louis; on the streets of Chicago or the hills of Appalachia.

We believe that when she goes to school for the first time, it should be in a place where the rats don’t outnumber the computers; that when she applies to college, cost is no barrier to a degree that will allow her to compete with children in China or India for the jobs of the twenty-first century.

We believe that these jobs should provide wages that can raise her family, health care for when she gets sick and a pension for when she retires.

We believe that when she tucks her own children into bed, she should feel safe knowing that they are protected from the threats we face by the bravest, best-equipped, military in the world, led by a Commander-in-Chief who has the judgment to know when to send them into battle and which battlefield to fight on.

And if that child should ever get the chance to travel the world, and someone should ask her where she is from, we believe that she should always be able to hold her head high with pride in her voice when she answers “I am an American.”

That is the course we seek. That is the change we are calling for. You can call it many things, but you cannot call it empty.”