My President is Black, y’all. #damnyouautocorrect
My President is Back, y’all.
Re-elected with a mandate; riding an electoral tsunami to his highest popularity ratings since 2009; delivering policy speeches writ like poetry and spoken like jazz, “from Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall,”; beating his political opponents into impotent saber-rattling even as they parrot his ideas to their masters; and moving to fulfilling promises from his first term in the opening month of his second; Barack 2 promises to be a sequel worthy of the Godfather II, or, dare I say it, The Empire Strikes Back.
But his re-election, and the sweeping vision he’s been liberated to express for the nation by our votes and support, is in danger. In the joyous, languorous afterglow of securing President Obama’s job for four more years, let us not ignore the assault which continues unabated by hyper-conservative Republican legislators and legislatures across the nation on the state level: the attempts to disenfranchise people of color and poor voters; the legislative circumlocution which is creating “safe” districts for congressional Republicans even as they garner fewer and fewer votes; the outlawing of women’s reproductive health centers; and the manufactured obstinance against responsible gun ownership which continues to hide behind an ignorant and purposeful misreading of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, even as our babies are dying in the streets, malls and schools of America.
Yes, just like I told you in 2009 when I got back from listening to President Obama’s First Inaugural on the National Mall, his Second Inaugural was fantastic. But we must continue to work (including #OperationBlueSweep2014) to make sure that his second term is, too.
Yes, We Can.