Thursday, October 16, 2008

Democrats are "soft"

I've heard it said time and time again that Democrats are "soft" when it comes to election tactics. And yes, this Presidential campaign has illustrated distinct differences in campaign styles. McCain/Palin and company have given the Obama/Biden campaign PLENTY of opportunity to knock them down a peg or two. And time and time again, they have taken the high road. It has been frustrating for me because I generally want my guy to win...at all cost. But Michelle Obama gave a speech at the Women's Leadership Forum in Chicago, that gives me a valuable reminder...and makes me feel the pride that comes from NOT selling your soul in order to win an election.

There are still 25 days left until election day. And a lot can happen in 25 days. And, look, we are facing a tough opponent who is running a tough campaign. So we have to stay focused on what we're fighting for. And that's a better country for our families...and it's a better future for our children...that's the fight.

There are serious issues at stake here. And they demand a serious conversation. So even as the pressure builds and election day grows closer, we can't forget that we're all in this together. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, all of us. We're all facing the same future...and we will rise and fall together...just like we always have in this country. So, see, we can't afford to turn on each other now.

Like us, we know that our opponents have strong views. And we respect those views. We respect their right to argue for their ideas with vigor and with passion. But we can disagree without becoming disagreeable. We can challenge one anothers' positions without challenging each others patriotism. We can have a great debate about how to lead this country without suggesting that anyone doesn't love this country.

You see, we ALL love this country. That's why we're doing this. We want to help keep America strong...and fair...and free. A place where everyone has the opportunity to pursue their dreams. And haven't we had enough of politics that divide us? Don't we owe it to each other to be better than that? So, let's live by example for a change. Let's keep fighting for what we believe in without ever resorting to tearing each other down.

2 comments:

Pipsylou said...

Funny; I feel like John McCain needs to stop being such a pussy! Isn't it crazy how we're so "programmed" to align with one side or the other? I swear, the two parties keep one another in power. It's something I'm believing more and more. 4 or 8 years of one, then the other promises to come in and wow us.

I know you and I disagree on so much politically, but I agree on the fact that we need to align together for a common cause...

Now, if we could just FIND that cause.

I'm 99.99899 certain that "your" candidate is going to win. Not happy about it, but hey, I voted for GWB and he's about as much a socialist as they come...the man can spend money, something I abhor, as you know. The welfare state keeps the poor poor and the rich rich. And the middle class pays the most. Argh. I am getting my dander up just thinking about it.

Anyway, I agree - I wish we could find a common cause.

Catherine said...

I don't think we need to FIND a common cause...our country IS our common cause.