“Tomorrow”

November 3, 2008

I wandered over to Truthout today and although I think nearly everything up is worth spending time on, here’s my favorite article so far:

Tomorrow

by: William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

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Tomorrow, voters will choose a new leader. (Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)

A thing is about to happen which has not happened since the Elder Days.
– J.R.R. Tolkien

It has been a long and terrible time since tomorrow mattered as much as it does today.

It began with that first terrible election, the media manipulations, the stolen and uncounted votes, the menacing mobs, and a decision by the highest court which sealed our doom. A man who was not chosen came to possess an office he was unworthy of, and everything that since has come to pass now seems almost preordained, fated, inevitable.

We have seen tax cuts which looted our Treasury and further enriched the wealthy, we have seen presidential vetoes of legislation designed to heal the sick and feed the children, and we have seen executive orders designed to shatter the Constitution and erase our rights. We have seen annihilation by fire and water visited upon our cities and ourselves. We have seen wars and rumors of wars. We have seen fear visited upon the populace by design. We have seen terrorists, and all too often, they have been us.

We have known death, and disgrace, and failure, and greed, and theft, and shame, and utter lawlessness. We have lost hope, and been afraid, and fallen to exhaustion and despair. We have seen torture and murder stamped with the seal of highest approval, and we have become what we despise.

But tomorrow is a different matter.

Tomorrow is a place of definitions, where change may come and be welcome even in the smallest degree. Tomorrow will see millions upon millions from every national nook and cranny pour forth in celebration of their own lone and lonesome voices.

Tomorrow, we will know.

It has been a long, strange and entirely preposterous course that has brought us today to the edge of our next tomorrow. Millions of new voters rewrote an old, calcified map. Fifty states one and all had their say, and their say mattered to the last of it. Money mattered less than organization, less than passion, less than hope, less than tomorrow.

There are many eyes upon us today as we prepare to step into tomorrow. The eyes of those lost in fire and smoke of a bright September morning watch us, the eyes of those lost in needless battle watch us, the eyes of those subsumed by an invading sea watch us, the eyes of those lost to disease and poverty and greed watch us, the eyes of all those lost who should not be so are upon us, they remember what we did yesterday, and they will see us tomorrow.

What they call change is nothing more than choice. Tomorrow is another choosing, perhaps the greatest of our lives. Something will happen, and afterward, we will know.

Here are a few of the other interesting articles over there:
Florida Democrats Sue GOP Over Voter “Caging”

Jay Weaver, The Miami Herald: “It may be the peak of the 2008 presidential election season, but the Florida Democratic Party is taking a trip down memory lane with the first voter lawsuit filed against the GOP. This time, it’s not about ballot recounts, as in Gore v. Bush in 2000. It’s a Democratic legal salvo accusing the Republicans of plotting a last-minute challenge of registered voters with potentially bad addresses, which may prevent them from casting a regular ballot at the polls Tuesday.”

Jeff Cohen | Studs Terkel: He’ll Never Be Silenced
Jeff Cohen, Truthout: “Louis ‘Studs’ Terkel was many things – oral historian, radio host, agitator, Bronx-born icon of Chicago, the ‘great listener’ who was hard of hearing, Pulitzer Prize winner. But most of all he was an inspiration. He inspired every younger activist or independent journalist who ever met him. And who among us wasn’t younger than Studs?”

Nicholas D. Kristof | Rejoin the World

Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times: “An unscientific poll of 109 professional historians this year found that 61 percent rated President Bush as the worst president in American history. A couple of others judged him second-worst, after James Buchanan, whose incompetence set the stage for the Civil War. More than 98 percent of the historians in the poll, conducted through the History News Network, viewed Mr. Bush’s presidency as a failure. Mr. Bush’s presidency imploded not because of any personal corruption or venality, but largely because he wrenched the United States out of the international community…. So here’s the top priority for President Barack Obama or President John McCain: We must rejoin the world.”

Obama’s Green Jobs Revolution
Geoffrey Lean and Leonard Doyle, The Independent UK: “Barack Obama is promising a $150bn ‘Apollo project’ to bring jobs and energy security to the US through a new alternative energy economy, if his final push for votes brings victory in the presidential election on Tuesday. ‘That’s going to be my number one priority when I get into office,’ Mr Obama has said of his ‘green recovery’ plans. Making his arguments in a radio address yesterday, the Democratic favourite promised: ‘If you give me your vote on Tuesday, we won’t just win this election. Together, we will change this country and change the world.'”

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