And so we Care. And we Vote. And we Hope.

It's not any big mystery who I'm voting for tomorrow. So I'm not going to make any sort of official endorsement. I'm also not going to try to change anyone's mind. What I am going to do is tell you why I love being a liberal.

Being a liberal means believing in the...
• inherent goodness of humankind, even when humanity seems to falter.
• promise of a better tomorrow.
• ability to make a difference.
• rights of women to have control over their own bodies and minds.
• sanctity of a loving relationship between consenting adults.
• intelligence of legitimate science.
• wisdom of separating church and state.
• celebration of diversity and inclusive spirit.
• fairness of giving breaks and second chances to the folks who truly deserve them.
• importance of saving our natural world for those who come after us.
• integrity of fair campaigning, even when the other side calls you fear-mongering names like socialist and terrorist.
• promotion of peace.
• possibilities.

Barack says that there is not a liberal America and a conservative America, there's only the United States of America. It's tough for me to separate myself from my label, because I'm not ashamed to be the "L" word. I'm pretty proud of what my beliefs and convictions stand for, because they are positive and promising and strong, kind and loving and compassionate.

Barack and his millions of supporters have given faces and voices to these convictions. We have opened our arms to the vast sea of disillusioned people out there who are searching for a change in course from the past eight dismal years. We have shown the world that we may not always agree on the details, but we all clearly see the big picture: something has gone terribly wrong, and we're determined to right that wrong.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. -- Barack Obama


Nikki said...

I have an e-mail I need to send you...You've summed up the politics well, though. I voted last week and am proud of it.

Anonymous said...

Nice post, Amy!

Brianne said...

Shared that with several people I work with. Very nicely put!!