Wise Words From A Wise Man …

Last night President Barack Obama spoke at a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser in Los Angeles.  He has stayed largely, and wisely, out of the public limelight and has had almost nothing to say for the past 17 months about the disaster known as the Trumptanic.  Obama is a professional in every way, a man of heart and courage, a man who has always had  the best interests of this nation and its people in mind.  He is, however, planning to be a presence in the build-up to the November mid-terms, attending fundraisers such as the one last night, and helping democratic candidates in competitive races.

Let us take a look at some of the things he said last night:

“The simple message right now is that if people participate and they vote, that this democracy works. And if we don’t vote, then this democracy does not work.”

“The majority of the country doesn’t want to see a dog-eat-dog world where everybody is angry all the time. To a large degree, we are seeing a competition between two stories. . . . There’s the story that is based largely on fear, and there is a story based largely in hope. There’s the story that says we’re in it together, and there’s the story that says there’s an us and a them.”

“Fear is powerful. Telling people that somebody’s out to get you, or somebody took your job, or somebody has it out for you, or is going to change you, or your community, or your way of life — that’s an old story and it has shown itself to be powerful in societies all around the world. It is a deliberate, systematic effort to tap into that part of our brain that carries fear in it.”

“I would caution us from extrapolating too much from a bunch of special elections and starting to think that, ‘okay, this will take care of itself.’ Because it won’t.”

“I’m giving you the executive summary: Vote. Participate. Get involved. And do not wait for the perfect message, and don’t wait to feel a tingle in your spine because you’re expecting politicians to be so inspiring and poetic and moving that somehow, ‘OK, I’ll get off my couch after all and go spend the 15-20 minutes it takes for me to vote.’ Because that’s part of what happened in the last election. I heard that too much. Politics, like life, is imperfect. But there is better, and there is worse.”

“If what you are doing requires no sacrifice at all, then you can do more. If you are one of these folks who is watching cable news at your cocktail parties with your friends and you are saying ‘civilization is collapsing’ and you are nervous and worried, but that is not where you are putting all your time, energy and money, then either you don’t actually think civilization is collapsing … or you are not pushing yourself hard enough and I would push harder.”

“I am not surprised that instead of replacing what we had done with something better, they just have done their best to undermine and erode what’s already in place. Of course people are going to be angry about that, because if you had health care and suddenly somebody who says they’re going to make it better comes in and makes it worse, you’ll be pissed. You should go out and vote.”

“Reality has an interesting way of coming up and biting you, and the other side has been peddling a lot of stuff that is so patently untrue that you can get away with it for a while, but at a certain point, you confront reality. The Democrats’ job is not to exaggerate; the Democrats’ job is not to simply mimic the tactics of the other side. All we have to do is work hard on behalf of that truth. And if we do, we’ll get better outcomes.”

I think that no matter what your party affiliation, you have to admit there is a 180° contrast between the speech of Obama and that of the current occupant.   Professional vs. clownish, quietly impassioned vs ridiculously vulgar.  Listen to what he is saying, please, be proactive,  work toward a better future for this nation than what we are currently facing.  Most of all, in a word:vote-3

 

34 thoughts on “Wise Words From A Wise Man …

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  2. Dear Jill,

    President Obama’s words are so inspiring. “There’s the story that is based largely on fear, and there is a story based largely in hope. There’s the story that says we’re in it together, and there’s the story that says there’s an us and a them.” This should be the democrats’ slogan. One is a message of hope, the other, fear.

    I’m thrilled that he is going to be out there, drumming up the votes.
    And I love his words that we can’t wait for the perfect message or a leader. We’re it. Each and every one of us are the one’s who will save this democracy, or not. We’re the millions of pebbles who will make the difference.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I had almost forgotten what it was like to hear a leader speak in full sentences and say something positive instead of screaming negativity with each breath. I am encouraged that he will be out on the campaign trail, helping the candidates … perhaps that gives us an extra edge. His words certainly gave me a boost!
      Hugs!!!

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  3. We need the wisdom of Barack Obama more than ever. Voting is no longer just our right, it is crucial to restoring sanity in our government. I came upon these words of Franklin D. Roosevelt some time ago and jotted them down. “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not some alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the VOTERS of this country.” Thank-you!

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    • You are so right … more than once I have pled the case for mandatory voting in the U.S., although it is not without problems. To not vote … is unconscionable, is … it is disregarding everything that men and women have died for for nearly 300 years! And it is basically saying, “Oh well, I don’t really care what happens to my country, don’t care if we end up living under a cruel dictatorship … I must do my nails and don’t have time to waste an hour or two going to vote.” Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Roosevelt was an intelligent man. There are only a handful of things I disagree with him about. Too bad we don’t still have an intelligent man in the White House, eh?

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  4. Jill, the main reason Trump won is convincing folks to stay home and not vote for HRC. She was still destined to win until Comey sent his infamous memo.

    Obama is wise. “Don’t just get mad. Vote.” Dems are running good candidates in almost every race. They need to run their own race and that will vary by location and person. Keith

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    • So true, Keith. As I have said in numerous comments tonight, I truly believe that if every eligible voter had gone to the polls in 2016, we would now be talking about President Hillary Clinton. Would we be happy with her? Who knows … probably not 100%, but certainly we would not feel as insecure and angry as we do now.

      Yes, I hope we can motivate and inspire everyone to vote this year … we simply have too much at stake to make monumental mistakes. I guess that is why I have been in such a funk … there is too much at stake.

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      • True. This is a key reason for voter ID laws, gerrymandering and unfair campaign tactics. Prevent the opposition from voting. Dems have done this too, but the GOP has perfected this with ALEC and using the last census year during Obama’s first midterm.

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    • Quite so … I hear too many saying that their single vote doesn’t matter. YES, it DOES matter! Every vote matters. I will always believe that if everyone who was eligible had voted in 2016, we would now be referring to President Hillary Clinton instead of that fool in the Oval Office.

      Cwtch Mawr

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  5. He’s right, and it makes a mature contrast not only with Trump, but with the kind of people one sees in the comments on some left-wing sites, constantly complaining that this or that Democrat isn’t good enough, or endlessly rehashing the Bernie-vs-Hillary rivalry from 2016.

    There’s no reasoning with people like that. They will always find some reason why whatever Democrat is running isn’t good enough to vote for. Luckily, the last few special-election results suggest that most people are tuning them out. But Obama’s right, we can’t assume that means everything will be OK in November. Every battle must be fought with everything we’ve got.

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    • Your words are wise and echo my own. While everyone else seems to be cheering about the ‘blue wave’ that will rule in November, I think we have much work yet to do … ‘miles to go before we sleep’, as it were. You’re right … the far right will not even listen, will not consider, do not wish to be troubled by such pesky little things as facts or reality. Their reality seems to be whatever comes out of Donald Trump’s, Mitch McConnell’s or Paul Ryan’s mouth. They are fools, but dangerous fools.

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  6. As usual, we see wisdom coming from Obama.

    And yes, I always vote. Even when I don’t like either candidate, I vote. Participation in elections as part of my civic duty, as part of my responsibility to this imperfect system.

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    • Yes … I do so wish we could have him back!!! Like you, I always vote … people throughout the history of this country have fought and sometimes died so we could have the right to participate in our government. If we had all participated in 2016, I firmly believe we would be talking about President Clinton today.

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