Courtesy of Politico:
Speaking at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday here in the lush backyard of two-party megadonors, Obama warned of a country and world on the brink — “you are right to be concerned,” he told the crowd — but said they’d flub their chance to change that if they kept pining for a magical savior.
“Do not wait for the perfect message, don’t wait to feel a tingle in your spine because you’re expecting politicians to be so inspiring and poetic and moving that somehow, ‘OK, I’ll get off my couch after all and go spend the 15-20 minutes it takes for me to vote,’” Obama said in his first public comments in months, which only a few reporters and no cameras were allowed in for. “Because that’s part of what happened in the last election. I heard that too much.”
“Boil it down,” Obama said, reiterating an argument he made on the campaign trail for Ralph Northam in 2017 about the existential challenge Trump poses to America. “If we don’t vote, then this democracy doesn’t work.”
“I’ll be honest with you, if I have a regret during my presidency, it is that people were so focused on me and the battles we were having, particularly after we lost the House, that folks stopped paying attention up and down the ballot,” Obama said.
“Fear is powerful,” Obama said. “Telling people that somebody’s out to get you, or somebody took your job, or somebody has it out for you, or is going to change you, or your community, or your way of life — that’s an old story and it has shown itself to be powerful in societies all around the world. It is a deliberate, systematic effort to tap into that part of our brain that carries fear in it.”
And that is really all that Fox News, the GOP, the NRA, and the Trump White House do….scare the shit out of you.
That is actually what happened to this country after 9-11 when perfectly reasonable people suddenly lost their fucking minds and decided to give up ALL of their personal freedoms so that the could stop sleeping with the lights on at night.
And since then the Right Wing media and Republicans have been constantly inventing a new boogeyman every election cycle to keep people on edge and voting against their own personal interests.
And it works!
I am hoping that Obama really commits to helping a lot this election cycle.
But he is not wrong, we need to stop looking for the progressive Messiah and start working together to elect as many imperfect Democrats as possible.
There is a saying that Democrats fall in love and Republicans fall in line.
Well, we need a little of that GOP discipline as well.
After all, since we are clearly in a war, we better start acting more like soldiers.