Photo Collage From Left To Right:
Top: George Washington, First US President and Revolutionary War General, Eleanor Roosevelt, Womens' and Civil Rights Advocate and Wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt , Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Abraham Lincoln,
Bottom: Abagail and John Adams--John Adams was the 2nd US President and NEVER OWNED SLAVES, President Barack Obama.
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You just have to look at the sudden change of leadership in Egypt after their first democratically held election to understand why freedom matters throughout the world. Or why countless people are dying in the streets of Syria and Afghanistan to comprehend the complexity of the struggle for freedom.
As a seventh generation American whose roots go back to slavery in the South, I don't take my freedom for granted and know the steep price paid to keep this country "free." We are FAR from perfect and have sooooo much to correct. We have complex diversity and multicultural dynamics to assess and implement throughout the 50 states and its territories. And issues of class and economic disparities and voting rights are center stage in our fight for equality and fairness.
Despite the inequities, America is still a leading world power where liberty is valued and appreciated. We will salute the men and women past and present who paved the way to build the American society, and look at ways where we can get better in this never ending struggle to maintain "freedom for all."
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Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.
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Vote Like Your Life Depends On It
Yes, I literally mean it! Today is Election Day in the United States of America. And unless you waited in long lines and early voted or voted by absentee ballot like my younger daughter, Michelle, and I did last week, TODAY is your opportunity to exercise your right to decide the fate of the country.
In full disclosure I am:
•A rabid supporter of President Barack Obama
•A robust supporter of Elizabeth Warren for US Senate
•A fanatic about voting
To me, voting is part of that “rent” you pay for being an American. It is your affirmation for diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism. I could write volumes on the sacrifices that my ancestors and yours made to protect our right to vote.
I grew up in Detroit and remember the bloodbath of the 1960s. We all cried for months when our own Viola Liuzzo was shot and killed on the night of the Selma March in 1965. She was a White housewife and mother of five from suburban Detroit, and we were so proud that she and so many others traveled South to stand for freedom and equality for all. She was gunned down like a dog by the Ku Klux Klan, and her death fortified our resolve to Vote Like Our LIves Depended On It.
I will never forget her sacrifice, and the sacrifice of every single Black, White, Asian, and Latino brother and sister who fought and died to protect MY right to vote.
Sorry, my friends, I am a FANATIC about voting. And my former husband and I drilled that into our children’s heads...so they are now voting Fanatics, too.
I support the re-election of President Barack Obama. As soon as I post this commentary, I am headed to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to work the polls and help deliver the 4 electoral votes that the Obama Presidency needs.
I believe President Obama needs four more years to finish what he has started in office. And despite the demonic, hate-filled racially motivated attacks on his character, President Obama has persevered with professionalism and vision.
Mitt Romney was my governor, as was his father, George Romney, when I grew up in Detroit. Mitt Romney is NOT George Romney. George, the father, was PRO-CIVIL RIGHTS, and was a decent, respectable man of integrity.
Mitt Romney was a mediocre governor who raised fees at every opportunity so that he would not have to raise taxes. He signed the Massachusetts health care bill because the grass roots organizations, like the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, forced him to do so. He didn’t dare challenge their power.
And I will never forget the 2002 invitation I extended to him to come on my radio program on WILD-1090 AM to address my audience. He blew me off until I “outed” him on the air as the only gubernatorial candidate who refused to come on my show. Two weeks later he did the interview to stave off embarrassment.
I also support Massachusetts’ own Elizabeth Warren for US Senate. Her opponent, Scott Brown, says he’s a Massachusetts Republican, but he votes with the Tea Party Republicans when he is in Washington. The NAACP gave Brown an “F” for his lousy voting record on civil rights issues. He also voted against the pay equity bill for women while in office. I have confronted Senator Brown on two different occasions on his voting record, and he shrugged me off both times when I questioned him.
Can’t support a politician who votes against the social and economic issues of my people. Just can’t do it.
So much for me and my family. We are civically engaged. My brother, sister in law, nieces, nephews, and cousins VOTE. That’s how we were raised by our parents and grandparents...all from the South.
What about you?? Did you register to vote? Did you vote today? Are you taking someone to the polls? If you are in a state like New Hampshire or Minnesota you can register TODAY and vote TODAY.
I made calls for the Obama campaign yesterday. I talked with one woman in New Hampshire and told her that she could register and vote today in New Hampshire. She then told me she would “take it under advisement.”
Some things you don’t “take under advisement.” You just do it. You Vote Like Your LIfe Depends On It!
Tomorrow starts the reset button on either President Obama’s administration or Mitt Romney’s Presidency. As you know, I am rooting for President Obama. I don’t even want to think about a Tea Party led Romney Presidency.
It all depends on YOU. YOU hold the key to the future of our country.
Vote Like Your Life Depends On It.
Vote for the candidates of your choice.
But for God’s Sake...and the Sake of our country.
Carole Copeland Thomas
Born Into A Southern Based Social Justice African American Family
“Yes I am a big Obama fan. But now our country needs our President to LEAD the country out of this fiscal mess we're in. His message today was not forceful enough. Did nothing to build confidence in the investors. He MUST put forth a BOLD plan that will create JOBS and put Americans BACK TO WORK. That's the only way to resolve this dilemma.”
Those were my words on my Facebook page yesterday after listening to President Obama’s mid afternoon message to the American people. Less than two hours later the US Stock exchange closed down more than 600 points. Not many people were inspired by the President’s message.
And I have continued to exchange several spirited postings from my Facebook friends, both progressive AND conservative since yesterday’s posting. My perspective has not changed:
President Obama must LEAD our country out of this economic crisis.
He must deploy a bold and decisive PLAN that will create JOBS for our unemployed citizens.
He must use his leadership skills to help orchestrate a more action-oriented Congress and move them toward more effective legislation instead of the ongoing political/partisan grandstanding.
Leadership is simply the mechanism of galvanizing groups/people/organizations when the doors of opportunities come calling. In the good times, it’s easy to do because conflict and condemnation are at a minimum.
It’s much harder to take on a leadership role when the economy is tanking, uncertainty is expanding, and jobs creation is at a minimum. Yet taking on a firm leadership role during tough times defines a person...or a President as a true leader.
I want President Obama to become that strong, action oriented leader and stop identifying his role as a mediator.
America does not need President Obama to mediate.
America needs President Obama to lead!
The world needs President Obama to lead!
This is not a popularity contest. We already know that the some in the Tea Party members are out to destroy the Obama presidency. In fact they wouldn’t mind taking the country down with President Obama, too. I just watched a small Wisconsin video clip where cheers went up when the Standard and Poors downgrade was announced. So we’ve already established that there is a percentage of our society that will never accept President Obama or his administration.
That doesn’t mean that Obama is off the hook from leading the rest of us. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and those who may never cast a ballot. It’s called leadership in a bold and courageous way that visualizes and articulates the longterm possibilities of our country. Leadership that ignores the naysayers and creates a swift and actionable PLAN that creates JOBS for the unemployed, the underemployed and those who gave up on employment some years ago.
Leadership is taking action when Congress lets us all down and leaves us uninspired. Leadership is facing the twin barrel of poverty, unemployment, economic uncertainty, and domestic instability and marches forward in the face of disagreement.
That’s the leader I voted for. That’s the leader I want in President Obama. That’s the leader I believe we need for America, right now, this month, this season.
I know that I am probably saying what many of you cannot say. Your jobs, your careers, your funding keeps you silent. And I also know that some of my conservative subscribers completely disagree with my perspective. I am enjoying my debate with them on Facebook, and I welcome ALL opinions on the comments section below.
One of the greatest leaders of our time, Dr. Martin Luther King, said it this way:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
We are in those times of challenge and controversy right now! It is time for President Obama to STAND, to LEAD, and to ACT. His choice of governance will take us to a future of stability or a future of turmoil.
I am betting on the former...that President Obama will STAND, LEAD and ACT.
Your comments are welcome.