"Get Off My Lawn"

September 13, 2012
By Alex Showerman | 0 comments

The conventions gave us two very different perspectives on which directionthetwo partiesplantake the country. It was only fitting that Clint Eastwood spoke at the RNC, as he seemed in character as his role in Grand Tarino-- yelling at kids to get off his lawn.This same sentiment perfectly summed up the RNC. The convention hall showed a bunch old, angry, white people; while the policies espoused on stage were essentially: if youre not old, and white, get off my lawn. Now, lets fast forward to the Democratic Convention. The most visible difference being that the attendees actually represented the melting pot that is America. Everyone had a seat at the table; young, old, male, female, gay, straight,diversity among color and race, all were welcome. By day three it was no longer a partisan event, but an American event. Speakers spoke about the strength of America not in military might, but in reference to its innovative and courageous people. They spoke about our ability to come together and persevere as a country. In fact, I heard more U-S-A, chants than four-more-years chants. This sense of patriotism derived from a deeper place then the superficial flag waving of the GOP,it came from the sense of what we can accomplish together, as a cohesive unit, as the American people. The conventions told two very different tales. One illustrated the party of yesterday while the other illuminated the party of the future. The stark contrast made it abundantly clear the GOP is on its way out. Let me be clear, this does not mean that we have 2012 wrapped up and sealed with a bow on it. If anything the hardest fights are yet to come. Anybody who has spent time outdoors knows that an animal is most dangerous when it is cornered. Whats left of the radical Republican Party is exactly that, cornered, fighting for their lives. They know that America is moving forward and leaving them behind. Even more concerning is the fact that GOP candidates are backed by thebillionsof dollars of corporate money infused into politics since Citizens United. 2012 is the year that we have to fight, once again, for the America we believe in. In 2008, we made a change, now its up to us to make that change a reality. 2012 is not just about the presidential election-- we must also ensurenew leadership is placed in the House, and that we keep a Democratic majority in theSenate.So, heres another way that you can get involved to give Democrats an edge in this election - it's called the DFA Dialer.You can help progressive Democrats from the comfort of your own home by just making calls! It really is that simple.This is your opportunity to make change a reality, sign up to join ushere.



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