Obama and Voting For The Future

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Harold Meyerson closes his excellent piece on evolving demographics with words that could not be truer.

Two Americas are facing off in next week’s election. By their makeup, the Democrats are bound to move, if haltingly, into the future, while the Republicans parade proudly into the pre-New Deal past — some of it mythic, lots of it ugly. The differences could not be clearer.

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The Barack Obama source image is a U.S. government work from the White House Flickr Photostream and in the public domain.

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16 thoughts on “Obama and Voting For The Future

  1. Chris Hayes was holding forth on the idealistic view of the 1950s, and pointed out that it was a time of prosperity and low unemployment, even if it was socially stultified. “The problem is,” he concluded, “that while liberals would like to work in the fifties, conservatives want to live there.”

    That’s not an exact quote, but close enough.

  2. Superstorm Sandy shocked us all to reality. We see americans reaching to neighbors and friends and experience the power of people of different races. The human mosaic is where there is a marked difference in the future of this country. The people will choose to go forward and continue the road to prosperity with President Obama.

    I wonder if the rich would like to pay the debt load of Superstorm Sandy or do they expect disbursement from the public purse and let our debt increase. I would suggest that this is where the Republicans will restore that entitlement to the people

  3. I love this illustration, Mario. It conveys the spirit of our President very well! I hope we are blessed to have him around for another four years. :)

  4. occupyalways, I was driving back into Nashville Sunday morning after having attended my youngest grandson’s birthday bash. As i traveled west on I-40 I passed many convoys of utility trucks heading east to be in place and ready to help when Sandy hit. I lost count at fifty trucks but they were traveling in groups of ten to twelve and there were many of them. This is what America means to me, neighbors ready to cooperate and help each other in times of need. A government that takes control after a disaster and helps those who lost everything to recover.

    When Nashville had it’s 500 year flood two years ago FEMA was on the spot in hours. Many of my neighbors whose homes ended up entirely under water were helped with the task of finding new ones. There was no electricity in my community for two weeks so things that everyone takes for granted had to be improvised, things like clean clothes. A semi with a generator and loaded with washers and dryers was set up. You feel more human when you can wear clean clothes. Food! No power means no cooking. We were given some type meal, similar to MREs, which only required the addition of water to be warmed. They tasted like crap but I assume they were norishing.

    Do away with FEMA? Put disaster control on the backs of individual states? Privatize disaster control and make it a “for profit” business? HELL NO !!!!

    Vote Obama & Biden next Tuesday if you haven’t already!

  5. We’ve all seen the massive destruction from this storm…but we simply cannot imagine it until we see it in person. I went to MS after Katrina hit to work claims. The destruction is just simply not describable. Houses completely washed away, with nothing left but a step leading to an empty space. Studs sticking out of foundations with no walls, no floors, no roofs, bridges that once were, but no more. And it went on and on and on and on for miles.

    Today we see the National Guard, the firefighters, Coast Guard, cops, neighbors and family all helping each other and a question came to mind…

    We all know family, friends, neighbors who have served this county in the past or present and we know they are a band of brothers – they watch each others back and they watch our backs. So my question is…why are so many of the Republicans, who have no interest it watching anyone’s back? The GOP’s only interest is in scratching each other’s backs.

    I find this so perplexing as it is completely afoul of everything they are trained to be to each other and to us.

    Mario — this is now one of my favorites of all your creations!

  6. This quote is so right on the money. Sandy should bring in to perspective just what the point of a federal government is. We are not just states off on our own. We are a cooperative that pulls together in times of need and helps our weakest neighbor. This idea of privatizing everything scares the crap out of me. There is so much at stake in this election and I just hope enough of the country realizes what is at stake here.

  7. If Romney and the GOP, unlikely as it is, were to win this election it will show that even promoting policies causing nationwide Massive Economic Crisis while enriching the already wealthy will be forgiven and rewarded.

    It will be a testament that LYING to the American public, promoting HATE and DIVIDING the Country with Bigotry, Homophobia and loss of Constitutional rights is rewarded.

    It will mean that somewhere, somehow, a large segment of Americans have loss their freaking mind and not enough of the sane ones showed up at the polls to care.

  8. No, The choice is between more of the same centrist pro- austerity hackery and something much much worse.

    Right now we face a threat from Obama and the democrats in which the grand bargain away the New Deal in return for marginal increases in the top tax rate.

  9. I just love this illustration. What month was the original photo from? I’d enjoy seeing what you worked with.

  10. Karen.

    The source photograph was taken in June 2011 and it comes from the White House Flickr photostream. See it here.

    The description:

    “The President had attended the fourth grade closing ceremony for his daughter Sasha at her school in Bethesda, Md. As he was departing, he noticed some pre-school children peering out of a window at a child care facility adjacent to Sasha’s school so he walked over to say hello to them.”

  11. Speaking of pictures, I copied this from the comment section at a blog called Margaret & Helen. It was posted by commenter Cynthia:

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    RE-ELECT BARACK OBAMA 2012

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