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President Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010
By: Pete Souza
What can you do to really make a difference in the world today? Vote for the party that stands for civil and human rights; the party that will stand up to Wall Street; and the party that has your best interests in mind. And while we're at it, why don't we prevent Republicans from standing in the way of all the progress we've made these past six years?
We all know that the story line of this election cycle--an unpopular President and an electorate with the typical six year itch. The majority of pundits have already written the last chapter in this book, but that last chapter can change. There are more than enough close races out there that can easily go in the Democrats favor if we don't make the ultimate mistake of staying home. Need I remind everyone what happened when Democrats stayed home in 2010? It was a shellacking that we are still dealing with to this day because it also happened to be an election that determined redistricting for the next ten years. We can not make this mistake again.
I've often felt exasperated watching so many of the Democrats who rode President Obama's coat tails six years ago run as far away from him as possible this election cycle. Have we forgotten everything this President and the Senate that voted on his priorities has accomplished throughout the past six years? This is the first President to pass healthcare reform in a generation. This is the first President who demanded an end to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' catapulting a gay rights movement that is not unstoppable. This is a President who inherited an economy on the brink of ruin and pulled us out of it, helping pass consumer protections that will make it much harder for the financial sector to wreak this havoc again. This is a President who single-handedly saved the American automotive industry. And this is a President who ended two unpopular wars and brought our troops home.
President Obama recently said that every single one of his policies was on the ballot this election. It was widely interpreted as a gaffe, but I interpreted it in an entirely different way. His policies have made America a better country are on the ballot and we need to show up and reward him for those policies.
Ask yourself this simple question before thinking about staying home tomorrow: will a Republican Senate be better or worse for the nation? We all know the answer to this question because the Republicans don't stand for anything other than making sure the rich pay as little taxes as possible and women don't have a right to decide what to do with their own bodies. They have not put forth a plan for how they will govern or move our nation forward, nor have they done so in the past decade. Are we really ready to give the keys to both houses of Congress to them?
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