Back in the dark days of September 2008, just after Sarah Palin was revealed as John McCain’s running mate, the grassroots foot soldiers in the change campaign went into a tailspin seemingly overnight. I was a little off in the final numbers and Palin stayed until the bitter end, but I did predict the composition of President Obama’s winning coalition of democrats, republicans and independents.
Barack was elected via the emotions and efforts of a wide swath of America, meaning he would need to answer the demands of all while negotiating a steep, nearly vertical, learning curve. He inherited a job most of us couldn’t begin to understand with a Congress full of lifers intent on keeping the current system in place and the rest of us under thumb.
Patience, persistence and pragmatism were called for yet We The People act like spoiled, petulant children instead.
I reference the US Navy term Hold Fast in the blog above. It’s when the crew finds itself in a desperate situation, grasping tight to the last remaining forward progress they can muster via sweat and courage. Hold Fast! A cry of resolve and an acknowledgment of the task that lies ahead. What political party you belong to is the last thing anyone cares about when the ship is under attack and people are dying.
So what does that mean for We The People Who Slumber Still?
The partisan scam that has dominated our politics, both left and right, for the last forty years finds itself in just such a situation. Holding fast to the division and the distraction that has kept them in power. Holding fast to a status quo that made them rich while making the rest of us poor. Between tea partiers and left wingers, the grand drama that is American Politics holds fast with a single-minded ferocity that is tearing apart the Republic.
Our moment of national reconciliation is now a cacophony of partisan rants, exactly at a time when the country is ready for (and desperately needs) a drastic change in methodology. We must continue to discuss and define what our vision of tomorrow will look like and translate those dreams into reality via the ballot box over the coming years with metronomic regularity. Now is not the time to slack off.
We must hold fast to that fleeting memory of unity we built during the primary and general campaigns of 2008, lining up around the block to cast our vote, and find areas we can work together to create a more sustainable society. Agree to disagree if we must on certain things, but places remain where there is no disagreement and we must address them immediately if we are to see anything resembling change come to fruition.
We must heal up our wounds at the grassroots to have the strength necessary to change the heights.
I still think Barack embodies the best natures of both parties and understands the surest way to achieve our common goals is via evolution of society instead of a revolution that tears it all down. We saw how Congress responded to the challenge they confronted when the president removed his hand from the Lincoln bible and called for a house united. More of the same partisan games from the same wicked players who have been on the field for decades.
Will we finally respond to such wanton incompetence in the only way we can by turning out in much greater numbers than we typically do for midterm primaries?