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A government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth. - Zer Netmouse
November 5th, 2008
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A government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth.
"This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. " -- President-elect Barack Obama

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I didn't stay up to watch the speech, but I needed to watch it first thing this morning. It seems that's what it took to switch my heart to believing it actually happened, even though my brain had been told it last night. Yes we did.

Like many, I have tears rolling down my cheeks. Relief. Happiness. Hope. And a determination to follow through.

Here in Michigan we also made good progress, with Democrats winning many important posts, including Diane Hathaway, who will join our Michigan Supreme Court.

I congratulate those who won, rejoice with those who saw their candidates win. And encourage everyone to keep working. Keep talking to people who do not always agree with you. Keep paying attention. Stay engaged. There is still much work to be done.

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From:grndexter
Date:November 5th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
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"Of the people?" Surely - but you know what they say - a people *will* get the government that they deserve.

"By the people" - Yep. They did it. No wiggling out of that one!

But "For the people?" Ummm... doubtful. (Socialism doesn't work.)

Missouri pulled a squeaker of a victory out last night - we stayed a Red State by only 6,000 votes. So when things go sour, (they always do - and the higher the expectations, the harder they crash) don't look at us! ;-D

Did you notice? Obama has a new religion on his hands whether he wants it or not. It's got to be a heady feeling to stand up there in front of all those people leading them in the offertory and response - (Yes We Can! A-men!) but he'll regret that later.
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From:netmouse
Date:November 5th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
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It's not a new religion, it's an old secular faith.

And while it's true, as Greenspan recently re-"discovered" that "the people" don't always do what's in the best interests "for the people", I have confidence that the next 8 years will be better than the last 8 years in a lot of ways.

Maybe in the next election, we'll bring Missouri along with us. Just try not to close your eyes when positive things happen, out of your determination to see bad. Good things are gonna happen, whether you like it or not. But keep working on identifying the specific things that you want and don't want to happen (don't use useless scare-labels like "socialism." Give me/everyone specifics -- you might find common ground on specifics). And keep talking.

I wish you peace.

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From:ssanfratello
Date:November 6th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Stay Engaged? Hear, Hear!

ACLU, folks. $25 a year to join. Because the Constitution can't defend itself.

At the minimum level of staying engaged...
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