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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
This Is the Moment our Movement Was Built For
By Barack Obama
ccun.org, August 12, 2009
For one month, the fight for health insurance reform leaves the
backrooms of Washington, D.C., and returns to communities across America.
Throughout August, members of Congress are back home, where the hands they
shake and the voices they hear will not belong to lobbyists, but to people
Home is where we're strongest. We didn't win last year's
election together at a committee hearing in D.C. We won it on the doorsteps
and the phone lines, at the softball games and the town meetings, and in
every part of this great country where people gather to talk about what
matters most. And if you're willing to step up once again, that's exactly
where we're going to win this historic campaign for the guaranteed,
affordable health insurance that every American deserves.
those who profit from the status quo, or see this debate as a political
game, and they will stop at nothing to block reform. They are filling the
airwaves and the internet with outrageous falsehoods to scare people into
opposing change. And some people, not surprisingly, are getting pretty
nervous. So we've got to get out there, fight lies with truth, and set the
That's why Organizing for America is putting
together thousands of events this month where you can reach out to
neighbors, show your support, and make certain your members of Congress know
that you're counting on them to act.
But these canvasses, town halls,
and gatherings only make a difference if you turn up to knock on doors,
share your views, and show your support. So here's what I need from you:
Can you commit to join at least one event in your community this month?
In politics, there's a rule that says when you ask people to get
involved, always tell them it'll be easy. Well, let's be honest here:
Passing comprehensive health insurance reform will not be easy. Every
President since Harry Truman has talked about it, and the most powerful and
experienced lobbyists in Washington stand in the way.
But every day
we don't act, Americans watch their premiums rise three times faster than
wages, small businesses and families are pushed towards bankruptcy, and
14,000 people lose their coverage entirely. The cost of inaction is simply
too much for the people of this nation to bear.
So yes, fixing this
crisis will not be easy. Our opponents will attack us every day for daring
to try. It will require time, and hard work, and there will be days when we
don't know if we have anything more to give. But there comes a moment when
we all have to choose between doing what's easy, and doing what's right.
This is one of those times. And moments like this are what this movement
was built for. So, are you ready?
Please commit now to taking at
least one action in your community this month to build support for health
Let's seize this moment
and win this historic victory for our economy, our health and our families.
President Barack Obama