“So cheer up. Let’s all be friends again. One of the evils of democracy is you have to put up with the man you elect whether you want him or not. That’s why we call it democracy.” –Will Rogers, 1932
Political satirist and humorist, Will Rogers was born today in 1879 in the Cherokee territory of Oklahoma and was part Cherokee. By 1933, Will Rogers was the highest paid film star in Hollywood. He became famous for his one-liners that packed a lot of punch. His quotes are so apt in 2013 and especially on the day before Americans go out to vote.
Five short years ago, on Nov. 4th, 2008, our Nation voted an African American male into the highest office of the land with the highest hopes that this country had progressed far enough to believe that it didn’t matter what color one’s skin was; what mattered was the quality of the person. Well, the Republicans showed their true intent when Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell vowed on the floor of the Senate for all the world to hear, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”–Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post
I don’t know of any other president who has faced such disrespect, prejudice, racism, intolerance, hate and disunity. Our “government, of the people, by the people and for the people” (Lincoln, Gettysburg Address) is on the back burner, put there by vile rhetoric spewed by people who never wanted Obama to succeed and have tried with every fiber within them, to block all that would be good for American citizens. The American people, though, are smarter than that and trusted our President by electing him to a 2nd term. President Obama’s presidency will go down in history as one of the most difficult (if not, the most difficult) presidency ever endured.
It is not a perfect presidency and for those of us who voted for President Obama, we wished and hoped for more…but many of us don’t regret voting him into office.
Exercise our precious right to vote tomorrow.
“Now these fellows in Washington wouldn’t be so serious and particular if they only had to vote on what they thought was good for the majority of the people in the U.S. That would be a cinch. But what makes it hard for them is every time a bill comes up they have things to decide that have nothing to do with the merit of the bill. The principal thing is of course: What will this do for me personallyback home?”-Will Rogers