For the past few weeks, I have been asked often who I think will win #Election 2012. It is a fair question because this year’s election is the most important of our lifetime. It is a Referendum on the platform “Change” of 2008. It’s an opportunity to rehire President Barack Obama, or hire former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
For Americans, it is an opportunity to go in the direction President Bill Clinton spoke of during the 2012 Democratic National Convention of “shared responsibility, shared opportunity and shared prosperity,” or go back to division and the idea that go it alone is America’s best recipe for success.
The candidate who best represents “shared responsibility, shared opportunity and shared prosperity” will win on Tuesday because he represents the spirit of collaboration our nation was founded. Our nation was founded on creative collaboration and it is how our nation will find success addressing key issues on the economy and our future here and abroad.
The person who represents America’s best hope to bridge the divide of discord and to bring us out of economic uncertainty is the same person who has made the tough decisions to right the economy and face the ugly head of terrorism abroad. This election is the most important one of our lifetime because our nation is in need of a steady hand at the helm with the ability to get us as a nation to work together.
But he cannot do it alone. America, this is the opportunity to “Be” as Mahatma Ghandi said “the Change in the World that You Want to See.” That means accepting that Change also means changing the way things are done and insuring as a nation we are united.
That means working on issues of equality must be done by working in collaboration. This campaign has brought to the forefront important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it is racism, women’s rights, immigration, religious expression and marriage equality, this nation must address it under a spirit of collaboration and rise above the negative tone that came about during this election.
Frederick Douglass said, “If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.”
Congress is not working together in the spirit of collaboration and unity. The people must make their voices heard at the ballot box and after. The work to move America Forward doesn’t end on Election Day. It doesn’t end on Inauguration Day. It never ends. The United States of America is an idea that pursues a destiny of collaboration that builds unity. By reelecting President Barack Obama, the people will send a signal, that it wants the nation to continue the course it is on, but the President will need the People who vote for him, to work with him to move the nation Forward. The Countdown to November 6th begins and then this conversation can continue. But Now We Wait!