I didn’t fight him when he reformed healthcare for the first time in close to a century. I didn’t fight him when he took our country off of the Grand Canyon’s ledge when we faced the worst economic disaster since the great depression, losing 700,000 jobs a month. I didn’t fight him when he gave one of the most beautiful speeches I have ever heard in Cairo reaching out to the Muslim world in pursuit of changing the perception of our country. I didn’t fight him when he ended combat operations in Iraq and is now beginning to draw down troops in Afghanistan. I didn’t fight him when he signed the START Treaty with Russia. I certainly didn’t fight him when he repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and decided to no longer prosecute cases under Defense of Marriage Act. I didn’t fight him when he reformed the grossly unjust crack/powder laws and put together a forum to address the spread of youth violence.
I didn’t fight him when he refused to let the Republicans dismantle Planned Parenthood and the National Public Radio. I didn’t fight him when he removed Bush era restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research. I didn’t fight him when he signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women. I didn’t fight him when he saved the auto industry and made a profit for the American people along the way.
I didn’t fight him when he made significant reforms on Wall Street, maybe not all we wanted, but definitely more than we have ever had before. And as difficult as it is for me to say as a practicing non-violent yogi, I didn’t fight his decision to complete the mission to remove Osama bin Laden. I could continue, but you get the point. The accomplishments are remarkable. The work that still needs to get done is also remarkable. Conservatives fall in line and progressives fall in love – well, guess what – it’s time we fall in line, because the alternatives are the “Alice In Wonderland” of crazy politics, and even crazier economics.