Days of Infamy, Days of Hope: Part V

On October 27, 2010, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann warned America of the chaos and mayhem that would be inflicted upon this country if Tea Party radicals seized control of Congress:

Every word Olbermann said in this commentary has been proven true. We have had four years now of deliberate incompetence, extremist rhetoric, raw hatred of President Obama, and shameless obedience to the one percent by those who own the House of Representatives and a significant portion of the Senate…and yet today, there is a distinct prospect that the Senate will fall into radical hands this Tuesday.

But not if you have anything to say about it. Not if you vote. Not if you make your voice heard.

If you don’t want the Senate to completely ignore the gathering storms of human-caused climate change, you will, and must, vote this Tuesday.

If you don’t want both houses of Congress to be influenced by those who want to impeach President Obama, you will, and must, vote this Tuesday.

If you don’t want President Obama to be forced into nominating a wingnut to fill a potential Supreme Court vacancy within the next two years, you will, and must, vote this Tuesday.

If you don’t want the United States political system to turn into even more of a circus, you will, and must, vote this Tuesday.

Remember Olbermann’s words about these radicals:

You are willing to let these people run this country? This is the America you want? This is the America you are willing to permit? These are the kinds of cranks, menaces, mercenaries and authoritarians you will turn this country over to?

If you sit there next Tuesday and let this happen, whose fault will that be? Not really theirs. They are taught that freedom is to be seized and rationed. They can sleep at night having advanced themselves and their puppeteers and to hell with everybody else.

They see the greatness of America not in its people but in its corporations. They see the success of America not in hard work but in business swindles. They see the worthiness of America not in its quality of life but in its quality of investing. They see the future of America not in progress, but in revolution to establish a theocracy for white males, with dissent caged and individuality suppressed.

They see America not for what is, nor what it can be. They see delusions, specters, fantasies; they see communists under every bed and a gun in every hand. They see tax breaks for the rich and delayed retirement for everyone else. They fight the redistribution of wealth not because they oppose redistribution, but because their sole purpose is to protect wealth and keep it where they think it belongs – in the bank accounts of the wealthy.

They want to make the world safe for Bernie Madoff. But you know better. If you sit there next Tuesday – if you sit there tomorrow, and the rest of this week – and you let this cataclysm unfold, you have enabled this.

It is one thing to be attacked by those who would destroy America from without. It is a worse thing to be attacked by those who would destroy America from within.

But it is the worst thing to sit back and let it happen, to not find the time and the means to convince just one other sane voter to put aside the disappointment of the last two years and look to the future and vote. Because the disappointment of the last two years will be the good old days in a Tea Party America.

This Tuesday, you have a golden opportunity to determine if this country will remain the land of the free and the home of the brave…or a land owned by greed and run by the depraved.

So take that opportunity. Make sure November 4, 2014 is a day of hope, not a day of infamy.

Vote, damn it.

Vote, damn it.

Vote, damn it!

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D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.