Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Message from the future: Vote, or else

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 1:40 PM

MoveOn.org is broadcasting messages from the future, and the message is: Get off your ass and vote.

Check it out:

In related news, Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, expounds on President Obama's drive-time analogy. (You remember it, right? "D" equals drive — as in forward — and "R" equals reverse, so vote for the D's if you want to see some progress.)

"I think the analogy that the economy was a car in a ditch when he took office that he uses is just a little too static. Here's my analogy, which in my opinion is both more kinetic and, frankly, far more accurate.

When the president took office not only had the car gone into a ditch but the car had flipped over and was rolling down a steep embankment. We, the American people, were in the back seat and the Bush administration had removed all the seat belts. So we were all flying around the interior of this car, as it was rolling and flipping and careening down this steep embankment heading to ...a 2,000-foot cliff. And at the bottom of that cliff were jagged rocks and alligators.

Now at noon on January 20th, 2009 as the car was careening toward the cliff, George W. Bush jumped out of the car. President Bush jumped out of the car and President Obama somehow managed to dive in through the window, take the wheel, get control of the vehicle, just inches before it went over the precipice. And he and Congress starting inching this wrecked (car) back up the embankment.

Now, you can't push a car up an embankment as fast as it careens down an embankment. But we got it going in the right direction and slowly we've gotten ourselves up that embankment, passed the ditch, up on the shoulder of the road. That is what happened. That's where we are today. "

In other words, don't let anyone fool you: Progress is being made, even if it's slow going. And, don't convince yourself it's cool to sit this election out ... because it's not.

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