President Obama’s landslide re-election was a victory for decency, truth, integrity and the idea that the United States belongs to all of us.
In his electrifying victory speech, President Obama reaffirmed his cornerstone conviction that our nation belongs to all of her citizens and every American is an heir to the promises of liberty, justice and equality of opportunity that are enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. President Obama told the nation on election night…
“I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”
The President closed by underscoring his belief in the basic unity of all Americans:
“I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.”
Those unifying and optimistic values have been hallmarks of the Obama presidency. Indeed, they have defined Barack Obama’s national political persona since that night eight years ago when, as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Mr. Obama aroused the Democratic National Convention with a magnificent, forward-looking keynote speech.
In re-electing President Obama, the American people have embraced — once again — the vision of a nation whose strength and richness are enhanced by inclusiveness. With this election, voters have rejected the rage and divisiveness of the Tea Party/birther-led extremists whose rallying cry of “I want my country back” reflects a tragic and petty paranoia about the expanding racial, ethnic, gender and socio-economic diversity of our great nation.
Mitt Romney proved through his policies and statements that he is not a man of the people. He has no grand vision for bringing the nation together. He showed no regard for the stated interests of working people, struggling students, African-Americans, Latinos and women. He told a group of wealthy supporters that the 47% of Americans refuse to take responsibility for their lives because they see themselves as victims who are entitled to government support. Romney also embraced the vile tactics of Donald Trump, John Sununu and others who dishonestly questioned President Obama’s citizenship, religion, scholastic credentials and loyalty to our country.
Mitt Romney was an elitist, dismissive and divisive candidate who was not qualified to unite our nation and lead us forward into the 21st century. President Obama won the election by being true to the beautiful vision of a truly united United States which is tolerant and embracing and which allows all of us the opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
America won when Obama won.
Thanks for listening. I’m Cameron Turner and that’s my two cents.