On the eve of the 2010 midterm elections, elections in which the polarization of America seems at it’s greatest, I can’t help but think about how much of a short-term memory problem Americans seem to have.
Two years ago Barack Obama swept into office on a wave of Hope and Change. Two years later people on the left seem to be accusing him of being a back-stabber. People on the right are still calling him a Muslim, a Socialist, and anything else “horrific” they think will stick. Has Obama really let us down? Have the Democrats and the President really not done what they promised?
Rachel Maddow did a fantastic job this evening showing just what the Democrats have done in the past 21 months they’ve had control of both the legislative and executive branches of government:
- The stimulus plan
- Biggest tax cut ever (95% of Americans got a tax cut)
- Saving the auto industry
- Healthcare reform
- Finance industry reform
- Equal pay for women
Did they get everything they wanted? No. If they had the stimulus would have been larger and health care reform would have been even better. But they got things done, major things, in a short amount of time. The political capital has been paid and tomorrow they’re probably going to lose the House. So be it. They’ve certainly done a hell of a lot more for the country in the past 21 months than the Republicans ever did while they held the reigns.
I’m just shocked at how little people remember after such a short period. Many people will be voting against their best interests tomorrow when they vote Republican. That is their right but I think it’s astounding. People just don’t seem to understand just what was accomplished.
Anyhow, get out and vote. Whoever you vote for tomorrow get out and vote. It’s every American’s right paid for in blood over and over by Americans for Americans. Get out and do it. You owe it to all of us.