Just a few words of gratitude to a few people you may never have thought had a hand in making the recent victories in this 2012 election possible.
Thank You Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana for allowing the Democrats to take away your Senate opportunities. By exposing your neanderthal views of women the Democrats have held onto the Majority in the upper house.
Thank You FOX News for scaring everyone so bad with fantastical bullshit that even the people who voted for Obama in 2008 but were thinking about sitting this one out felt they needed to give the President one more chance.
Thanks to the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and the 30 other billionaires that gave so generously to their billionaire candidate. We now know that money really is no object to you and therefore feel no guilt for supporting a decision to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for your income class.
Thanks to the CEOs for Murray Energy, Koch Industries, ASG Software and Westgate Resorts that put pressure on their employees to vote for Mitt Romney. Threatening workers like this always brings out the best in people who don’t like to be told what to do. I can only imagine how many more people who were not thinking of voting changed their mind when they got wind of this plutocratic threat.
To those elderly voters in Florida that voted their personal pocket books rather than support the majority of elder citizens who rely on Social Security and Medicare to survive, THANK GOD you were a small minority. At this time we are still waiting for Florida to swing into the president’s camp but if it doesn’t by only a small margin, then you know who you are.
And finally, on a more serious note, a special thanks to those people on the East coast who lost their homes, along with days and weeks of downtime from their jobs but still managed to take time to make their voice heard in support of someone who knows how effective the power of government (FEMA) can be in such tragic circumstances. Thank you too for those volunteers that went out of their way to accommodate those voters by using any and every means they had at their disposal to insure the will of the people was not silenced by an angry lady named Sandy.
Without the efforts of people like these we might all be looking at the next 4 years where the plutocrats in this country gain even greater hold of the political power than they currently do. The defeats of many in the GOP have stymied this drive for the time being, but the battle still continues because the assaults will never stop.
I would now encourage each and everyone who had a direct hand in bringing this victory about to NOT stop here. The workings of democracy do not stop at the ballot box. The president himself has fallen short on many critical issues like climate change, closing GITMO and addressing the easy access to assault weapons that are part of the American mass suicide tragedies we have all been affected by, just to name a few. Change in these and other areas are more likely to occur on the local and state level. The character of politics is really unchanged in Washington, so it will require boots-on-the ground efforts in your communities to show the national leaders what it is the people really want, not the corporate, financial interests on Wall Street.
Get involved. You are neither too old or too young to make things happen. All any of us really lacks to make change happen where it is needed is simply the will to do so. That doesn’t come from being wealthy or well-bred. It comes from within. It’s free and it’s there as a part of your makeup. Look at it as you will – an innate natural ability or a gift from your creator – but don’t think only others possess it. The others who do make an impact in this world have discovered this gift; not those who refuse to see it.