Rieux (dr_rieux) wrote,
Rieux
dr_rieux

November 4, 2008

If you, reading this, are an American, I urge you to go to your local polling place and vote today. I further urge you to cast your vote for Barack Obama, who taught me in law school and who has proved himself to be just the leader we need in these uncertain times.


I've quoted this guy on my LJ before, but his passion seems to me particularly appropriate today:
The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate 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, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

- Frederick Douglass
"If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress"
August 3, 1857
Our long national nightmare has gone on for far too many years. It won't end today, but I'm hopeful that today's events will strike it a mortal wound.
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