27 August 2008

Who are you in this for?

Tuesday 26th August, Denver. Hillary's answer rang load and Clear - America. After months of speculation and rumours of anything from a coup to a non appearance Hillary has finally thrown her lot in with Obama. Although there are still some of her supporters who are resolutely against Obama even going as far as holding their own convention and planning to wage war on the convention floor to make sure that the Democrats recognise the votes of Hillary's supporters.

These women, and they do seem to mainly be women, are willing to ignore Hillary herself to continue in a battle that ended months ago. In their efforts to support their heroine they fail to see what Hillary herself has recognised, the game has moved on and there is a bigger badder foe in town.

Hillary, always an astute politician, has put party and nation before personal ambition to fight for the rights of ordinary Americans. Now is the time for those democrats who are ignoring the ideological battle with the Republicans to focus a lost battle and are ignoring the issues that Hillary stood for to stand up and say, as Hillary did, that there is something more important to fight for now and although the person leading that fight isn't the one they wanted it's time to put that aside as there is more at stake. As Hillary herself said:

"I will always remember the single mom who had adopted two kids with autism, didn't have health insurance and discovered she had cancer. But she greeted me with her bald head painted with my name on it and asked me to fight for health care. I will always remember the young man in a Marine Corps t-shirt who waited months for medical care and said to me: "Take care of my buddies; a lot of them are still over there....and then will you please help take care of me?" I will always remember the boy who told me his mom worked for the minimum wage and that her employer had cut her hours. He said he just didn't know what his family was going to do?... I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?"

It's time for some democrats to ask themselves, who were you in this for?

By Beth Connor

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