Today is Election Day, and it's difficult to escape the media narrative that the hope for progressive change that so many Americans felt in 2008 has been replaced by fear and anger.It's true that many who once supported the president are disappointed by his performance and have lost faith in the agenda for change they voted for just two years ago.But this is in part due to how the economic crisis that started well before Obama's inauguration has overshadowed the accomplishments his administration and Congress have had despite long odds: historic health care reform, a stimulus that prevented a second great depression while making long-term investments in clean energy and public transportation, and an overhaul of our financial regulations system to prevent future economic crises.Each of these battles has involved painful compromises, and together they are only steps toward the broad vision for change that swept Obama into office. But nobody ever said that change was going to be easy.Whatever you think about President Obama's performance, he's understood this challenge from the beginning. On the night he was elected President, Obama said:"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there."The road over the past two years has indeed been long and steep, in large part due to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Yet our country isn't defined by what we do in good times, but how we respond in times of hardship.In these difficult times, the true test of our resolve is whether we continue fighting for a better America - for better jobs with fair pay, a clean environment for our children, quality education for all, and a politics uncorrupted by special interests - even in the face of long odds.However disappointed we might be with the petty state of our politics, we have a gift that many around the globe still envy: the ability to vote for the world we want to live in, and the freedom to fight for what we feel is right. The only thing that can take that away is our own passivity.So please, join us today in exercising your right to vote. And after all the votes are counted tonight, whatever happens, let's put the results in context. Our future is not determined by a single election; it's determined by how we respond, and how dedicated we are to the long fight for the change we seek. It won't be easy, but nothing worth fighting for ever is.
- the Wall St fiasco
- the recession which could've been a depression
- and Health Care (a big issue)