As we worked very hard for a different outcome to the end of the 2008 Democratic Primary season, we have come to realize that our power as PUMA’s should not be judged on that one lone outcome. We have effected change within the process which would have never taken place had it not been for people like us who demanded that the principles of democracy are upheld. Even though they spit in our face every step of the way, the mere act of them doing so has shined a light so bright on the corruption and power hungry that it will never be forgotten.
PUMA’s are now known as a voting block. Who would have ever thought such a thing could happen? We have been called republicans, we have been called bitter, we have been called (gasp) feminists who only want a vagina in charge in the White House and things much worse I don’t want to put down on paper, but you get the gist. Now though, we are seen as a group who has some leverage, some power at a time when we felt most powerless. It is through the hard work of every single person who has read a blog and felt moved to take an action. It is through the donations of hard working people to keep things running. It is through us in our commitment to that one common goal that we regain our rightful, full power within the system. We have just begun to realize that the power that is held from us, is moving ever so slowly back into the hands of the people it belongs too.
Our work is not complete. We must continue to protest the Primary Election of 2008. Election Day, November 4, 2008 is less than two months away. How do we continue to exert the power, keep the movement going, make sure that the injustices that brought us to this dance are not forgotten. There are quite a few different ways that can be done. We have all known that the defeat of Barack Obama in the year of 2008 is one of our goals. I want to reiterate that yes, the defeat of Barack Obama is most important to our movement in this very short time frame. The power we so want to see placed back in its rightful place is heavily dependent upon it.
But what happens to PUMA’s after November 4th 2008. What do we stand for? Do we stand only for the defeat of Barack Obama? Or do we stand for more? Do we stand ready to fight the injustices, corruption and downright criminality of people in power who have perpetrated this fraud upon us? I hope so. How do we stay united once Barack loses? I would like to suggest one simple answer.
We stay united by continuing to fight the fight we have fought thus far. We make it known we are making a protest vote so real “change” can have a chance. If we go off on tangents forgetting what has brought us all together in the first place we lose what will keep us together in the end.
A vote is a persons most valuable asset. A protest vote, whether it be voting republican, write in, third party or no vote at all is all that should be asked of you along with your strong commitment to fixing the corruption and fraud and biases. This is about much more than defeating Obama alone and I ask that everyone who has given an ounce of energy to this important cause to remember that.
In that same vein, I have seen many posts by people who have decided that they will vote for John McCain. That is fine and good. Just please remember that not every single person you encounter in this movement can cast that vote. A vote is a personal decision, one of conscience. If PUMA’s begin to start demanding how others should vote, we will split wide open. We have to remember that there are two common threads that hold us all together.
The first is that we will not vote for Obama. No matter how you get there is fine. Whether it is not voting at the top of the ticket, voting third party, or writing in Hillary or voting for John McCain in protest. It is imperative that we force change and delivering a defeat to Barack Obama on November 4th is a critical goal.
Secondly, to force change, we must remain united in the common issues that brought us here. We are not republicans, we are democrats, we must always remember what brought us together.
- Michigan and Florida being stripped of all delegates
- Sexism in the Media
- Sexism in the Democratic Party
- Good people being called racists
- Good democrats being called republicans
- The calls for Hillary to drop out even though the delegate count was close
- The party forcing an unvetted, inexperienced candidate down our throats
- A top down selection versus a bottom up selection of a democratic presidential nominee
- Caucus Fraud
- May 31st
- The roll call vote
I am sure there are more. We all have our own special pet projects, it’s a loose coalition. Just like the democratic party use to be. Be respectful to one another, stick together in our common goals and we will achieve victory on November 4th and position ourselves as a powerhouse in American politics to demand the changes we know are so desperately needed.
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