The past twenty months, since January 20, 2008, have been a very traumatic experience for those who follow politics. The polarization of the American political process has never been greater. Raw hatred spews from Right and Left on a
daily minute-by-minute basis. It looks like things are only going to get worse before they get better.
One of Barack Obama’s campaign slogans was, “Change we can believe in.” In retrospect, that may have been a very poor choice for a slogan. Any change that didn’t go far enough was only going to anger some on the Left. Those on the Left that are mad at the President have turned this anger into a feedback loop where any change is bad, because it can never go far enough to satisfy them.
It’s worse on the Right. There is one thing all conservatives have in common and that is a fear of change. They cling to the status quo or pine for a time that change has passed by. That is the essence of conservatism. Talk of change to a conservative is like a waving a red flag in front of a bull. Trumpeting your intention to bring change is guaranteed to bring them running to man the ramparts of status quo.
Fortunately, the country doesn’t belong to the Left or the Right. It belongs to “We the People.” The majority of people voted for change. Unfortunately, that change has proven more elusive than expected.
The hoped for change has not only been difficult to enact, it is under real threat of reversal. While one can question the validity of recent polls suggesting the GOP might take control of Congress after the mid-term elections, the threat is still very real. If the scenario plays out as many predict then everything progressives have achieved in the last two years is at risk. I agree with the President, now is not the time to stop fighting for change.
What inspired this diary is an email I received today. The email was paid for by OFA and had a return address of email@example.com. While the email is ostensibly from the President, it was probably written by a staffer or speechwriter and sent out under the President’s name. That doesn’t really matter, because it reiterates points the President has made over and over during the last two years.
Please take this message to heart and make an effort to help achieve the change so many of us believe is desperately needed. Any amount donated today will be matched dollar for dollar by other donors. Even $5 will be a help in the current political arena, especially given the flood of corporate money pouring into GOP coffers because of the Citizens United ruling.
I come into this election with clear eyes.
I am proud of all we have achieved together, but I am mindful of all that remains to be done.
I know some out there are frustrated by the pace of our progress. I want you to know I’m frustrated, too.
But with so much riding on the outcome of this election, I need everyone to get in this game.
Neither one of us is here because we thought it would be easy. Making change is hard. It’s what we’ve said from the beginning. And we’ve got the lumps to show for it.
The fight this fall is as critical as any this movement has taken on together. And if we are serious about change, we need to fight as hard as we ever have.
The very special interests who have stood in the way of change at every turn want to put their conservative allies in control of Congress. And they’re doing it with the help of billionaires and corporate special interests underwriting shadowy campaign ads.
If they succeed, they will not stop at making our work more difficult — they will do their best to undo what you and I fought so hard to achieve.
There is no better time for you to start fighting back — a fellow grassroots supporter has promised to match, dollar for dollar, whatever you can chip in today.
I know that sometimes it feels like we’ve come a long way from the hope and excitement of the inauguration, with its “Hope” posters and historic crowds on the National Mall.
I will never forget it. But it was never why we picked up this fight.
I didn’t run for president because I wanted to do what would make me popular. And you didn’t help elect me so I could read the polls and calculate how to keep myself in office.
You and I are in this because we believe in a simple idea — that each and every one of us, working together, has the power to move this country forward. We believed that this was the moment to solve the challenges that the country had ignored for far too long.
That change happens only from the bottom up. That change happens only because of you.
So I need you to fight for it over the next 26 days. I need your time. I need your commitment. And I need your help to get your friends and neighbors involved.
If you bring in a new donor today, your $3 donation will become $6. And our Vote 2010 campaign will have twice the resources to make important investments like putting staff on the ground, providing materials for volunteers, and turning out millions of voters come Election Day.
Please donate $3 today — and renew your commitment today:
If we meet this test — if you, like me, believe that change is not a spectator sport — we will not just win this election. In the years that come, we can realize the change we are seeking — and reclaim the American dream for this generation.
Thank you for being a part of it,
President Barack Obama