That’s why we do this. That’s what politics can be. That’s why elections matter. It’s not small, it’s big. It’s important. Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated. We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy.
That won’t change after tonight, and it shouldn’t. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty. We can never forget that as we speak people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today.
What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth. The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. The freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for come with responsibilities as well as rights. And among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That’s what makes America great.
President Barack Obama — My Vision for America
My Vision for America
I believe America’s prosperity was built on the strength of our middle class. We don’t succeed when a few at the top do well while everyone else struggles to get by — we’re better off when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.
Republican candidates comment on Sandy
by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 10/31/12
Washington, 30 October 2012
The extensive damage from hurricane Sandy is the fault of East Coast residents, two Republican candidates for Senate said today, and therefore assistance from FEMA is not warranted.
“Sandy wasn’t a legitimate hurricane,” Missouri candidate for US Senate Todd Akin said in a press release, “It kept bouncing back between a hurricane and a tropical storm. You can’t even tell from the name if it’s a boy or a girl hurricane. The victims were fooled by it, that’s all; they should have been more careful.”
“And as for that so-called flooding,” Akin added, “Legitimate coastal towns have a mechanism that shuts that whole thing down in their streets and keeps the flow of water from reaching where it can do damage.”
Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock from Indiana took a loftier tone. “These things are beyond human comprehension,” he said. “Whatever her origin, Sandy was something God intended to come into our lives. It is wrong for East Coast residents to come whining to the government the morning after to ask for help.”
“That Sandy is such a slut,” added conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh. “That storm was no fluke.”
Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stated that disaster relief should depend on the states that undergo the disasters. “Why should anyone have to pay for someone else’s disaster?” he asked rhetorically. “And if the state can’t take care of it, let the private sector take over. But even more, it’s the individual’s personal responsibility to control things like hurricanes.”
Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan reiterated his long-standing position that the government should not do anything that benefits the American people without taking away something of equal value that benefits the American people. “What do they think,” he said, “That this is a government of the people, by the people, for the people?”
Romney to women voters
The Romney’s Thanksgiving dinner
from Wall Photos
Little Suzy and her Free Kittens
A pretty little girl named Suzy was standing on the sidewalk in front of her home. Next to her was a basket containing a number of tiny creatures; in her hand was a sign announcing FREE KITTENS.
Suddenly a line of big black cars pulled up beside her. Out of the lead car stepped a tall, grinning man. “Hi there little girl, I’m Mitt Romney. What do you have in the basket?” he asked.
“Kittens,” little Suzy said.
“How old are they?” asked Romney.
Suzy replied, “They’re so young, their eyes aren’t even open yet.”
“And what kind of kittens are they?
“Republicans,” answered Suzy with a smile.
Romney was delighted. As soon as he returned to his car, he called his PR chief and told him about the little girl and the kittens. Recognizing the perfect photo op, the two men agreed that the candidate should return the next day; and in front of the assembled media, have the girl talk about her discerning kittens.
So the next day, Suzy was again standing on the sidewalk with her basket of “FREE KITTENS,” when another motorcade pulled up, this time followed by vans from FOX News, ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN. Cameras and audio equipment were quickly set up, then Romney got out of his limo and walked over to little Suzy.
“Hello, again,” he said, “I’d love it if you would tell all my friends out there what kind of kittens you’re giving away.”
“Yes sir,” Suzy said. “They’re Democrats.”
Taken by surprise, the candidate stammered, “But… but… yesterday, you told me they were Republicans.”
Little Suzy smiled and said, “I know…but today, they have their eyes open.”
Less than 40 days to the election. Don’t forget to VOTE.
P.S. AND TAKE SOMEONE WITH YOU SO THEY CAN VOTE TOO!
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