Thursday, September 6, 2012

Grow A Backbone Or Some Legs ?

Get Out the Vote for November 6th

Everyone should be registered by now. But I bet there's still many young people who are trying to enjoy the last drops of summer before school starts or have already started school, which is what they're supposed to do. But if any of them are still not registered, find them, query them, and assist them in getting to the Election Board or what ever it is called in your District and get 'er done. Then we can rest easy until that important day, November 6th, 2012.

Check on your neighbors if they're elderly or disabled and might have to jump through some new hurdles that many states have enacted that they may not be aware of. It's not too late, and nothing is impossible, if you care about our country and our children's future. Not only that, but the butt you save may very well be your own, and you know what I'm talking about. Some of us live paycheck to paycheck, and some of us live so-called "entitlement" check to check, or if you're really down on your luck, that last unemployment check or TANF check, or even the SNAP program, otherwise known as "food stamps". You'll be voting and getting others to vote right for those benefits, privileges, and even to protect the right to vote itself.

They're making even those "simple" things you might take for granted that are basic required items even harder to obtain nearly everywhere, trust me. Jim Crow is even taking up new habitat here in New York State, where they not too long ago required voters to be registered no later than 25 days prior to the election. The New York legislature, full of upstate regressive Republicans, has at least two voter ID laws in committee that I know of. And I even recently got my driver's license renewal in the mail, and all of a sudden there's a new requirement to have an  eye exam done by a doctor's appointment and the renewal fee is over $80. Thank God I had already confirmed my voter registration through the state election commission and then again because I moved my residence, or who knows if I'd still be able to vote, or be able to vote in my present district.

I also see another problem that Teapublicans are poo-pooing about, "oh it's easy, no big deal", but I can't even get another copy of my original birth certificate online or in the mail for less than $50, and it's from a Red state, so who knows what other roadblocks they may have placed there now.

  "This is the president who delivered the security of affordable health care to every single American after 90 years of trying. This is the president who brought Osama bin Laden to justice, who ended the war in Iraq and is ending the war in Afghanistan. This is the president who ended "don't ask, don't tell" so that love of country, not love of another, determines fitness for military service. Who made equal pay for equal work the law of the land. This is the president who saved the American auto industry from extinction, the American financial industry from self-destruction, and the American economy from depression. Who added over 4.5 million private sector jobs in the last two-plus years, more jobs than George W. Bush added in eight." (Politico 2012)

(Politico 2012) "The list of accomplishments is long, impressive and barely told—even more so when you consider that congressional Republicans have made obstruction itself the centerpiece of their governing strategy. With a record and a vision like that, I will not stand by and let him be bullied out of office—and neither should you, and neither should you and neither should you."

(Politico 2012) "Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he's fixed. I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn't one of them. He's a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor he was more interested in having the job than doing it."

"As a matter of fact, many of the local papers had as headline of the last day office for Mitt Romeny 'Good Riddance.' Since 2004 Mitt Romeny has been running for office as President of the United States, while governor of Massachusetts on his many tours through out the United States he would trash Massachusetts every opportunity that he had." ~ Frances M. Smith, FB

Here's a list of 200 accomplishments made by President Obama, they all have accompanying citations on the link, but I'll list the bullets here from a cross-blog by "The PCTC Blog", "Common Sense Progressive Politics":

(PCTC 2012)

"- He Returned The Executive Branch To Fiscal Responsibility After the Bush Debacle
- He Improved the Economy, Preventing a Bush Depression
- He Fostered Greater Transparency and Better Government, After the Excesses of the Bush Years
- Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection
- He Ushered Through Many Changes That Enhanced Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination
- He Made Major Improvements in Foreign Relations and American Status Around the World
- He Took a More Realistic Approach to “Defense”
- His Administration Treated Soldiers and Veterans with Respect That Was Missing Previously
-He Refocused the Federal Government on Education
- He Pushed Through Improvements in National Safety and Security
- Reoriented Government to an Adult View on Science, Technology and Health Care
- He Took Steps to Strengthen the Middle Class and Families, and to Fight Poverty
-He Took Concrete Steps to Improve Our Environment and Address Our Energy Needs
-But That's Not All..."

Here's another slant on a top 50 Obama accomplishments from Washington Monthly: 

(Glastris, Cooper, Hu 2012)

And finally, to add to the above illustrious lists is one on Leadership from an unexpected quarter, Forbes magazine:

"What Obama Has Done Right For Innovation" (Forbes 2012)

I hope this helps to set a rhetorical fire under your couch to get out the vote, if you lean towards resembling a potato patch in your leisure time. 
Lord willing and the river don't rise. ~ John Wayne

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