The difference between the Republican and Democratic conventions could not be more striking, more stark.
The Republican convention’s theme was simple: you’re on your own. The Democratic convention’s theme is also simple: what affects you, affects me, affects all of us. Sounds like Indra’a net, doesn’t it?
What you do, as an individual, ripples outward to eventually touch my life and the lives of others. As Clinton said in his speech this evening, “We’re all in this together.”
The Republicans don’t recognize that word, together. In fact, the only together the Republicans recognize is to kick Obama out of office. It is why the Republican Congress nearly brought the country to its knees during the December 2011 in a negotiation about the debt.
Even though Obamacare is built upon the program Romney initiated in Massachusetts, the Republican candidates vow to overturn it. Yet, under Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act, insurance companies can no longer reject you for pre-existing conditions; there’s no cap on payments; children can remain on their parents’ health care plan to the age of 26; Medicare benefits are not reduced; the doughnut hole that cost seniors more in prescription drug costs is closed. And that’s just for starters.
Yes, I wished the bar had been higher, that Obama had started off with Medicare for all. But in order to extend unemployment insurance for millions of people, he had to compromise. It’s taken me a while to get that, but I get it now. I think, historically, that when we look back, Obama’s accomplishments, particularly because he was up against an intractable congress since 2010, midway into his term, will be extraordinary.
Right now, the Romneys have raised $100 million each month for the last four months. Think about that. $400 million far surpasses the GDP of many countries. It could buy you a country, a string of islands, a seat on the next rocket to Mars. It could buy you new organs, a new face, a new identity with a very fat bank account. Hell, maybe that much money can buy you a new soul. The infamous Koch brothers are spending $400 million in their superPACS.
This election is about you’re on your own society versus shared opportunities and we’re all in this together society. What’s your choice? Are we a nation of isolated individuals pitted against each other in phony competitions or are we all in this together?
I know my choice. No, Obama is not perfect. Yes, he has made mistakes. Yes, he entered as a young, naïve senator. But his version of reality speaks more strongly to me than anything the Republicans have said. The Repubs hope to marginalize women. They intend to hurl us back to the dark ages of back-alley abortions. They don’t want us to have health care screenings that might save our lives. They – mostly aging white men – seek to govern women, their lives, their bodies.
In Indra’s net, we are all connected. Your choices affect me, your thoughts impact mine, we don’t share just a planet, but a reality.
When you compare the two agendas, the choice should be clear. For those of you who think it’s a done deal, that your vote won’t matter, think again.
What kind of country do you want to live in?