Democrats Rally to Solicit Votes: Is it Too Little Too Late?

Posted on October 27, 2010 by

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With so many crucial elections happening next week, democrats are putting their efforts into 5th gear in hopes that they can turn the tides in this upcoming election.  So far there has been a massive shift from the hope and change mentality this country shared in 2008 back to a more individualist movement bent on reversing social and economic changes that have been made over the past 60 years.

The Tea Party has seeped its way into the minds of Americans all over this nation.  It has created a fearful hysteria that we will wake up in a decaying communist dystopia.  It has created an environment for nut jobs like Sharron Angle, Rand Paul, Ken Buck, and Christine O’Donnell to quickly rise up and make a grab at power.

High Profile Democrats get off their Rump and Start to Stump

Democrats aren’t excited about this election.  They are not anticipated to show up in any sort of record numbers this election.  On the reverse side of things Republican voters are very motivated to have their voices and opinions heard.  There is not much time before elections, but in the little time left, Dems are pulling out all the stops.

As the final full week before the 2010 election begins, President Obama and other high profile Democrats are trying to protect the vulnerable members of their party. While both parties are making last-ditch efforts to attract voters who haven’t made up their minds, a new poll shows Republicans may have the advantage there: among the one third of likely voters who say they are undecided, more prefer the GOP candidate over the Democratic one.

One of those prominent democrats is Bill Clinton, who has been working hard on the campaign trail hitting areas in California, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and North Carolina where he has been campaigning for a variety of democratic candidates.  According to a recent article Clinton may hold even more sway over voters’ minds than current president Obama .

Clinton has had a decade for voters to forget some of his less popular actions. That makes him hugely attractive to Democrats seeking election next month. A recent Gallup poll found that voters of all stripes — Democrats, Republicans and independents — are more likely to be swayed by Clinton’s endorsements than by Obama’s.

That isn’t to say that Obama has no pull.  He just made a speech at Ohio State University that drew over 35,000 people.  In addition he recently went on a 4 day campaign blitz that took him to Oregon, Washington, California, Minnesota and Nevada.

He is also trying to stay on message that reform can and will work for this nation.  In this video in which Barak Obama tries appealing to voters’ common sense is another attempt to shore up some last minute votes for Democrats around the country.

Will a common sense appeal change the minds and hearts of an electorate having a hard time dealing with the changing realities of this nation?  President Obama said himself that the reason they are having such a hard time achieving any form of real progress is because “facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared”.

Last Minute Efforts in Colorado: Buck v. Bennett

Ken Bucks latest add claims that the people of this country are being ignored by government.  Many people would agree with that statement.  Whether it is a lack of action on immigration, as a new ad from Latinos for Reform suggests, or the unpopularity of a new health care proposal which Rasmussen polls showed as being opposed by 54% of voters (March, 21, 2010), it is easy to see how some people would feel alienated by their government.

At the time of writing my last piece, Ken Buck was leading Bennett by 3 points by the most conservative estimates and in some polls he was up by as many as 5.  However with a final ditch effort, it would seem that Bennett has been able to even the score, with the most recent polls showing a tie.  Recent ads portraying Buck as a male-chauvinist probably have a lot to do with this development.

Irrational Fear does not lead to Prosperity

If 2008 was about transforming this nation for the betterment of its entire people, 2010 is about taking back 200 years.  This nation should not shy away from reform, it should embrace it.  I understand that our constitution is very special and the vision of the founding fathers was revolutionary and grand, but that doesn’t mean that America should not continue to evolve to meet the demands of an evolving planet.

It is scary to think about all the things that could go wrong if we change America.  To think how the changes could lead us to fall from greatness, how they can corrupt our family values, how they can give our government too much power.  These are all apt concerns; however we are already seeing these things happen while relying on the status quo.

The America where my grandfather could work in a Caterpillar factory from the time he was 17 until he retired at 70 is gone, and no politician, Republican or otherwise, will bring that back.   No amount of fear, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, jingoism or any other type of bigotry will create a safer world for our children.  As an emerging power the millennial generation will have an important role to play in the future of this nation, but time is of the essence.  We as Americans are a people of immense creativity, innovation and determination, who can solve the problems we face from a place of acceptance and enlightenment.

We can no longer ignore the demands of a changing nation and world.  Cowering from a changing world and seeking shelter in the old warm familiar and most importantly failing ways of our past, will not change the realities we face.  We need to stand united as a people of all races and faiths and boldly exclaim to the naysayers, the old guard and the bigots that we are America and we will find a way to achieve and prosper.

A country that would elect leaders who want to repeal the Department of Education, the Civil Rights Act (and in essence Brown v. Board of Edu), and Roe v. Wade is not a nation of forward thinkers.  In the words of Bill Clinton the opinions and positions held by front running Tea Party members are “positions people haven’t held for 110 years”. That is a nation that is stuck in its own fading reflection, a nation whose unchecked hubris will create its tragic fall.  If we want to remain a powerful nation then we must change.

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