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|Back in February, some of my favorite news pundits asked what President Barack Obama was
doing; indicating that he appeared to be back on the campaign trail. At the time, I assumed that he
was doing what most intelligent responsible Black men do: work extra hard. At the time, I believe
he was fully aware that he was losing his supporters and their trust as they had already stated that
they "no longer felt engaged" by him. His actions were just more than that of a harder working
Black man, but a man attempting to repair his lost base. He knew he had to reach out [again] to
those who voted for him but are now losing faith. At the time, I thought it was a good powerful
move, but as the months have come and gone along with primaries in other States and the
Democrats losing their seats, well there is more to what Obama was doing. He is doing his best to
help save the Democrat Party. However, Obama and the rest of the Democrats need to do so
much more. In fact, a lot more! And they must do it now; before it’s too late.
As I listen to the news and read the newspapers, I have a lot of complaints against the
Democrats. I am tired of them. But make no mistake, I will always vote. Yeah, yeah, I’m tired
of all of them, but I keep casting my ballot. Yada, yada, yada! My complaints continue. I really
dislike them for not have the guts to stand up against their opponents. Often times, they sicken
me, but then I think how much worse america would be without them. I want them to remain in
office, but they do not seem to do much to make sure that happens. Ugh!
It is terrible how the Democrats will not or perhaps refuse to help one another. The Republicans
stick together no matter how much they harm The People and the pain they may cause one
another. One of them could do something so despicable to the others family and they would still
stick together. It is bad, but one has to respect them for their dedication to their Party. For them,
their motto is once a Republican, always a Republican - for life. No matter what.
I complain a lot and yell at the television, but one day I asked myself what I would do if I were a
Democrat in the same situation. What could the Dems do to retain their seats?
Some, but not all Democrats are smart. Some, are just like most politicians: wasting time and
space filling those seats. But the ones who really want to actually serve The People for once, well
they get off their behinds and work for the good of the nation, and I am glad they take their jobs
The Democrats are going to have to do more than just mail surveys. I believe they should do
more. Unfortunately, my very first one was not found until weeks or perhaps months after it was
received as I assumed it was junk mail from a credit card company soliciting my business. I did
not make note of its contents until I began shredding other junk-mail and when I did, I had I
realized that I had mistakenly tore it in half. Thankfully, I received another.
|To Whom It May Concern at the Democratic Party and anyone who might be interested:
Are you going to actually read the surveys and take heed or waste time and money? On a side note, the only issue I have
with Washington spending my money, is the bailout. Yes I know, you said it had to be done, but while one expert says it
is was necessary, another so-called expert reports that it was not. Additionally, I am still fuming that the war remains in
Afghanistan. I wrote my disgust about that already, so I'm sure you get the gist.
Nonetheless, you need to get up off your butts and do the hard work. You know how you always tell your constituents
that you're working hard for your State and the Country? Well, prove it! Get up off your butts and do it! Do some work!
that some of The People will feel engaged by you and yours. Try this:
Get yourself, your assistants, family members and your most trusted
volunteers and hit the pavement. Hit it as if your job actually depended
on it. And it does. Hit as if your lifetime benefits depended on it.
Although it doesn't, just pretend that it does. Or better yet, pretend that
you care for The People. Hit as if you needed actual health care. As if
you needed money to purchase food for your families. As if you needed
your constituents. Talk to them and not at them. Ask them want they need. And although listening is very, very
important, take heed.
Yep, that is the smartest thing I could come up with. Brilliant huh?
Whether you are able or not able to deliver their needs, tell them. Tell them the What, Why, Whom When and Where:
from enjoying life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. The avid voter is aware of the actions of Chuck
Grassley, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and that weasel, Eric Cantor. However, you need to consider
the unimpassioned voter/person who is not [aware.])
angry and blamed everyone in the world. But, I had to remember that some people are not taught the
importance of casting a ballot each and every time a candidate is running for office; any office. They
don't know, or they don't care. For those that don’t know, I blamed their parents, and for those that do
know but still refuse to participate, I blame the government. They do not trust you and honestly, some of
them shouldn't. However, the job rests on yours and the avid voter's shoulders.)
And then ask them...
electricity and/or medical care. $50.00 for gas for the week. Whatever it is, be prepared to be asked the
most impracticable, but be honest with them.)
Some of The People actually have to have that one-on-one personal conversation. Some of The People actually need the
Where, Why, Whom and When, simplified.
People. Although some of you have lived an ordinary citizen's life, you
may have forgotten. You take vacations that most of The People will
never be able to afford. Moreover, you may have forgotten what it's like
to rob from Peter just to pay Paul. You may have forgotten the feeling of
having creditors breathing down your backs - calling you day and night
and night and day. Or, forgotten what its like to decide what will take
precedence: food, the electricity bill, the water bill, or medication. You
may have forgotten or do not know what it is like to tell your children "no"
and that there is not any "extra money. That there is not any money left
over for luxuries." Luxuries such as a new pair of Wal-Mart tennis shoes
or cereal or even a cheap sweet treat.
Reach out to The People. Tell them you will do your best to help while actually meaning what you say. Do not lie to The
People. And certainly do not tell them what they want to hear, but tell them the truth. No more lip service.
have missed it. Perhaps they were working or out seeking employment.
Or, they may not watch politics as much as the avid voter as the majority
of the news reports are sad and depressing. Some may need a break and
enjoy what little time they have with their families. And some, well some
may not be able to afford the luxury of cable television.
young college kids? You know the same ones President Obama
mentioned on election night. He said some people voted for the first time.
Well, all of you have to go back and repeat those exact same steps - reaching out to those first-time voters. Reach out to
those who feel as though they wasted their time. Reach out to those who voted for President Barack Obama just
because he is Black.
I said it.
know that support the Democrat Party, is a minority. Yes, I am aware
that the Black vote alone did not put Obama in the White House, but they
did come out in large numbers just to support him. As Obama noted that
election night, some were "disabled, voting for the first time, young
and old…" All of you need that same type of desire with fire burning in
Hit that pavement and talk to The People about their needs as well as their wants, which may or may not include the
you earn every dime you receive.
You have been in your jobs long enough to know the difference between registered voters, active voters and avid voters.
Registered voters are those who are just registered to vote. They may or may not participate each and every time, but
just in case they feel a need, are engaged or truly excited, they just might mail in that ballot or walk to their voting poll.
Active voters are those who vote the majority of the time, but not all the time. They are similar to the registered voter -
voting when they deem it necessary. They vote if and when they remember or feel up to it. (A few times, I was
surprised that some people had not a clue it was time to vote.) Avid voters are those that never miss a voting session,
and if they have not received their mail-in ballot, they are quick to call their voting office. They are avid political news
watchers and have much disgust for those that just plain refuse to vote. (I am tired of those non-voters who wouldn't
vote if their lives depended on it. Those same non-voters who said, 'I wouldn’t vote if I were running.')
Above, is the speech President Obama delivered to The People on election night. Yes, it was a powerful and appreciated
speech. That night, I watched with hope and saw many teary-eyed supporters. Tears of joyful devotees who listened
witnessed elected President Barack Obama deliver a speech of hope and prosperity. I can only assume that the majority
of them believed that he would be there with them; down and out - in the trenches. But now, too many of them feel it
was a bunch of hype - feeling let down.
great religious disciple who delivered great speeches - sent down from
God Himself - a Savior. Recently, Obama said that the Republicans
believe we have amnesia. Well, Obama needs to know that some
Democrats feel the same way; some people do have amnesia. Some of
The People have forgotten the tax breaks. Or, some say that it wasn't
enough and are requiring more - now - today. They may have noticed
some progress, but to some, it is personal and is not enough. At least not
Obama's reelection is not the only seat in dire trouble and I am keenly aware that some of you are upset with him. Yes,
I've heard some of the remarks you have made, but you don't work for him, you work The People. Additionally, the
Party is the only thing you have and you must stick together for the sake of that Party as well as The People. Some of
you, must stop going against what is best for The People and vote for The People at all times. When you inquired about
the job, did you not assert that you wanted to serve? Well do it!
Why am I making this big stink now? Because the Republicans and their Tea Party are vying for your seats. Why am I
making this stink now? Because some supposedly unbiased news commentators are making excessively unfavorable
comments about you. I know everyone does something wrong, but it is getting worse and I fear that the reporters will go
too far and turn some of your current supporters against you. I fear that they will assume that if their trusted news
reporters are not backing you, then they shouldn’t either.
there along with the other avid voters; I just hope it is enough. We will do
it for ourselves because we are fully aware that the alternative is not
what America needs. We will do our jobs while we continue to hope and
pray that you do yours.
ultimately vote for not just you but for America, then do it. If not, then
get up off your ass and move! Prepare yourselves and get ready to get
your walking shoes dirty. Hit the pavement!
I am an avid voter, but please note that I am not going to vote for you as I never have and never will. I am an avid voter
who has and will always vote for me, myself and I.
family of cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and close friends. I
am voting for The People. But most importantly, I am voting for my
parents, R. B. and E. M. Smith because if it were not for them, I do not
know if I would be a registered voter let alone an avid one. Alternatively,
it should be noted that my family and I cannot support Colorado Senator
Michael Bennett after he left Denver Public Schools' pension in a mess!
What are we supposed to retire on? HOW will we survive? How can
we throw our vote away for him? We just cannot support that. I still
STRONGLY disagree with President Obama supporting Michael Bennett
over Andrew Romanoff. What a mess! (We certainly wished he would
have stayed in Washington and not involve himself in our primaries! We
will NOT and can NOT support Michael Bennett - Not now, not ever!
Some of us avid political news watchers already know, but just in case, you might want to inform/remind them of the
The Democrats supports Progress
The Democrats supports Prosperity
The Democrats supports Civil Rights
The Democrats supports Social Security
The Democrats supports The Environment
The Democrats supports Working Families
The Democrats supports Women Rights to Choose
The Democrats supports Decreased Unemployment
The Democrats supports and cares about The People
And while you are at it, tell/remind them of the following:
The Republicans supports Deficits
The Republicans supports Big Oil
The Republicans supports Recession
The Republicans supports Less Gun Laws
The Republicans supports Tax Cuts for Millionaires
The Republicans supports and Care About THEMSELVES
Now Democrats, if you want to keep your seats, hit the pavement! Talk to your constituents, NOW!!!
|It’s the answer told by lines stretched around schools and churches. In numbers this Nation has never
seen. By people who waited three and four hours. Many for the first time in their lives because they
believe that this time, it must be different. That their voices will be that difference. It's the answer spoken
by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Native
American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans have sent a message to the world that we
have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red States and Blue States. We are and
always will be the United States of America. America, we have come so far, we have seen so much, but
there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next
century. If my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what changes will they
see? What progress would we have made? This is our chance to answer their question. This is our
moment. This is our time. To put our people back to work. To open doors of opportunity. To restore
prosperity. To promote the cause of peace. To reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental
truth that out of many, we are one. That while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism
and doubt and those who tell us we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of
a people, Yes we can. Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.
|If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the
dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people
who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time
must be different; that their voice could be that difference.
It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native
American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a
collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.
It's the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what
we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment,
change has come to America…
…I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn't start with much money or many endorsements. Our
campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington - it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of
Concord and the front porches of Charleston.
It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and
twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy;
who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who
braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who
volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and
for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory….
…The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America -
I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there.
There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as President,
and we know that government can't solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we
face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this
nation the only way it's been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years - block by block, brick by brick,
callused hand by callused hand…
…Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our
politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican
Party to the White House - a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are
values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility
and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress….And to those Americans whose support I have yet
to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.
And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled
around radios in the forgotten corners of our world - our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn
of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down - we will defeat you. To those who seek peace
and security - we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright - tonight we
proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth,
but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.
For that is the true genius of America - that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already
achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow …
…America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves
- if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon
Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time - to put our people back to work and open
doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream
and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are
met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up
the spirit of a people:
Yes We Can.
|Change Has Come to America
Election Night Victory Speech
November 4, 2008
|What should the Democrats do to regain their previous constituents?
What can the Democrats do to maintain their current constituents?
What can the Democrats do to gain additional constituents?
Because I know the answer, I can proudly raise my hand and cry out, "Pick me! Pick me!"
|Open Letter to the Democrats
Get Up Off Your Behinds, Hit The Pavement
& Get Your Feet Dirty!
Signed, The People