President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States (presented at: WindermereSun.com)
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States (presented at: WindermereSun.com)
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This is the last weekend before Election Day, next Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The election race is heating up coming down the stretch! Former President Barack Obama was speaking at a campaign event for Democrats in Miami, Florida on Friday afternoon, Nov. 2, 2018. The former president joined gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum for Florida Governor and Senate incumbent Bill Nelson, in the video “Obama campaigns for Democrats in Florida” below:
Obama stated that “Democrats are not going to let Republicans gut your healthcare. … a former Republican Congressman David Jolly just voted for Andrew Gillum…. Somethings are bigger than politics…..do we want politics where people are yelling at each other or making lewd gestures in front of children? But we have not seen the way we are seeing right now: politicians are just blatantly, repeatedly, boldly, shamelessly, lie, just making stuffs up…that’s what they’re doing now all the time. They do this every election cycle, try to terrify folks and election comes, problem suddenly vanishes….in 2010, they said Bill and I are setting up death penals to kill your grandma; remember that; in 2014, they said E. Bola is going to kill all of us. Shut the borders; in 2016, it was Hillary’s emails. They were all wound up about that….if they did, they would worry about the current president talking on his cell phone while the Chinese are listening in….they said it to get folks angry and edgy…now in 2018, they’re telling you the existential threat to America is a bunch of poor refugees a thousand miles away. They’re even taking our brave troops away from their families for a political stunt at the border.And the men and women of our military deserve better than that. So there is constant fearmongering to distract from the record. Now the administration is saying we’re doubling down on an outdated Cuba policy, which all that does is hurting families or entrepreneurs who are trying to open up the Cuban economy. We need to get back to politics to help the Cuban people, make their lives better. That’s change. That’s what Bill believes in and that’s what Andrew believes in. The point is, Florida, they make stuffs up. But here is also the problem is, too often, we fall for the distractions. You know, you all remember Peanuts, right? Maybe some of you are too young. Charlie Brown and Lucy with the football, and she said, go ahead I’m holding it and you can kick it. And Charlie Brown said ok , and she pull the ball away and Charlie falls on his back. But he kept on doing it every time. Don’t be Charlie Brown. Don’t fall for the okey-doke. Don’t be bamboozled. Don’t be hoodwinked. Because when you get distracted with all the stuffs they’re making up, they’re also robbing you blind. It’ll be like…look look look over there, and they’re giving tax cuts to billionaires. Look over there, and they let polluters poison your air and water. They will absolutely take healthcare away from millions the first chance they get while you’re distracted with the stuff that’s not true. It’s like the con where the door-to-door salesman telling you that you need a security system while his buddy sneaks in the back to steal your stuffs. But it’s not just the practical effect in terms of policy. When words stoop meaning anything, when truth doesn’t matter, when people can just lie with abandon, democracy can’t work. In our own lives, in our marriages, in our families, if consistently the people we’re dealing with can’t believe what we say, if our children see that it doesn’t matter that you actually accomplished things, all you do is just make stuffs up whenever it is expedient, society doesn’t work. Democracy does not work. And that’s what’s happening, at the highest levels. And the only check on that behavior is you. The only check on that behavior is you and your vote. And on Tuesday you can vote for politics that’s decent, and honest, and lawful, that tries to right by people. If you’re a Democrat, you better be voting for Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson and the whole ticket. If you’re not a Democrat, you should still be voting for them, because it shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say we don’t just lie with impunity. It shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say we don’t just punish our political opponents. Try to use our justice system. That we don’t threaten the freedom of the press just because they said something we don’t like. It shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say we’re not going to target certain groups base on what they look like or how they pray. It shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to know that climate change is real, that threatens our future and our kids’ futures, and Florida is going to see some of the worst effects of climate change unless we change course right now. I know Republicans may think that government should only perform a few functions, but one of those functions should be taking care of folks after hurricane in Puerto Rico. I know there are conservatives who think we should be fiscally prudent. But there is nothing fiscally responsible about trillion dollar deficit. I know there are sincere conservatives who are compassionate and must think there is nothing compassionate about ripping immigrant children from the arms of their mothers. I am assuming that they recognize that a president doesn’t get to decide, on his own, who is going to be American citizen and who is not; that’s not how the Constitution of the United States works. That’s not how the Bill of Rights works. That’s not how our democracy works. People who thinks it’s wrong to spend eight years to try to take away people’s healthcare and then spend the final days to pretending you’re Mother Theresa, that you’re Florence Nightingale. I am assuming people must get upset when they see folks who spend all of their times vilifying others, questioning their patriotism, calling them enemy of the people, and then suddenly pretending they’re concerned about civility. And we don’t need more mealy-mouthed elected officials who would say, “Oh, I am very concerned or I am terribly vexed by this bad behavior. But there is nothing I can do about it.” We need leaders who can actually stand up for what’s right regardless what the party, leader who represent the best of the American Spirit like Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson. They will stand up for any one whose fundamental rights are at stake, our neighbors’ healthcare, some body else’s kids getting bullied. They will stand up if they see their gay friends getting arrested. We’ll stand up for the God given freedom to worship without fear. That’s what all of us need to stand up for, with clarity, and patriotism, and purpose, the values that bind us to our fellow citizens no matter who we are, no matter what we look like. That’s what Americans do. That what America is.That’s what Andrew Gillum believes. That’s what Bill Nelson believes. That’s what you believe, a better vision of America. And that’s why I am hopeful for Florida. I am hopeful that we will cut through the lies, block out the noise, and remember who we are and who we are called to be. I am hopeful that out of this political darkness, I see a great awakening of citizenship all across the country. I can tell you how encouraged I’d been, to see so many people getting involved for the first time, for the first time in a very long time, marching and organizing, and registering people to vote. These incredibly inspiring Parkland students. I don’t usually wear bracelets. I saw some of their families in the back stage, trying to transform unspeakable grief into a better world. Young veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, record numbers of women who are running for office. You know we need more women. it’s a movement of citizens who may never had much interest in politics. They say, oh this time it’s different. This time it’s too important to sit out there. Lacing up their marching shoes, they’re grabbing a clipboard because they believe in an America that is better, that’s kinder, that looks out for one another. The anecdote to government by the powerful few is government organized by energized many. The anecdote to politics based on division is based on a politics based on a sense that we’re in it together. That’s what this moment is about. And I have to tell you, Florida, one election won’t fix every thing. You know some times I hear, young people especially said, you know all politicians are the same, nothing changes…you know what, it’s true that one election is not going to suddenly eliminate poverty in this country; one election won’t eliminate racism, sexism, or homophobia.One election will not give every body healthcare all at once, or insure that every child will get the kind of education they deserve. It’s not going to happen in just one election, but it’ll be a start. It’ll be a start. It’ll make things better. And when you start down that path making things better, momentum starts to build. And then it gets even better. And then it gets even better. So, don’t just sit back if you don’t like what is going on right now, don’t just complaint. Don’t get anxious and freak out. Don’t throw up your hands in despair. Don’t boo. Don’t hashtag. VOTE! When you vote for attorney general, state reps, they will have the power to protect our voting rights, and will make sure that the criminal justice system will treat every body fairly. When you vote, you have the power to make sure we strengthen the law that protect women in the work place from harassments and discriminations, and make sure that they’re paid the same as men for doing the same job. When you vote, you have the power to make it easier for college students to afford college and harder for disturbed persons to shoot up places where our kids learn, and where our seniors gather to worship. When you vote, you have the power to make sure family keeps its health insurance and you could save some body’s life. That power rests in your hands! If you get involved, if you knock on some doors, if you talk with some of your friends, you get some souls to the post. If you turn out on Tuesday to vote for this whole incredible Florida ticket, I promise you something powerful happens. Change starts to happen. Hope starts to happen. And with each new step we take in the direction of fairness and justice, equality and opportunity that hope spreads, it starts rippling. It enters into each of us. We get a sense of what is possible. And we would remind ourselves of those better angels of our nature. It’s up to you. Let’s make history happen right here in Florida. Let’s get to work. Let’s go vote. God bless you Miami. God bless you Florida. God bless United States of America.”
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