I have been spending odd moments, lately, thinking of placards I would like to bring down to the Grant Park celebration Tuesday night. Many friends worry that I am counting my chickens prematurely, but given the extraordinarily well run campaign Obama has waged and the overwhelming desire among regular Americans to change our current course, I think my mental wanderings are not going to jinx the outcome.


To those who argue that Obama should have “closed the deal” months ago, the last Dem to get slightly more than 50% of the electorate was Carter as the nation recoiled from Nixonian Republicans and our Watergate nightmare. Neither party wins easily without the power of incumbency. Even Saint Ronnie needed a last-minute surge to overtake a little-loved President Carter.

So with real joy, and a little attitude, I offer the following possibilities. Hopefully you’ll see some iterations of these themes in coverage of our celebration:


Real
America Has Spoken – Fearful Divisive Politics Are Out!


Hey GOP! – GRAB SOME BENCH


Flip-Flopping, Fear-Mongering, Candidate McCain GO AWAY – Senator McCain

PLEASE COME BACK

     ROVE IS DEAD – HOPE IS ALIVE

    ‘GUNS, GAYS AND GOD’ – GET REAL! WE WANT REAL SOLUTIONS TO

OUR REAL PROBLEMS

ROVE, CHENEY, AND NEO-CONS GO AWAY! AND NEVER COME BACK

Red, White, Black, Brown – Today We Are All Democratic Blue

Today We Make History, Tomorrow We Go To Work.


We need at least two major political parties to make our democracy function. We also need the vast majority of our citizenry registered and voting. Voter suppression tactics are particularly heinous, and if that is the only way the current Republican Party can ensure electoral victory, then here is one staunch Democrat hoping the GOP spends the next election cycle or two losing big and figuring out policies and platforms that move beyond fear and division and offer an alternate, positive vision of America’s future.


A return to fiscal conservatism and social inclusion and away from religious fundamentalism of a Christian nature would be a nice start.


Terry Finnegan

Oak Park

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