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An Historic Election

Americans must move forward together to deal with the problems and the opportunities facing us as a nation, a state and in our local communities.

This election is historic because the voters reaffirmed President Obama’s vision of an America where "no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, you can make it if you try."

While not every race was a victory, Democrats here in Sarasota County did their part. I believe the tide of fear and division has been turned, and America will move forward. We can’t stop now. We will build upon America’s strengths and continue the work that has been started. As President Obama said during his final campaign appearance in Iowa:

 "As long as there’s a single American who wants a job but can’t find one, as long as there are families working harder but still falling behind, as long as there’s a child still in Des Moines, anywhere in Iowa, anywhere in this country languishing in poverty, barred from opportunity,our work is not done."

In fact, our work is just beginning. Americans must move forward together to deal with the problems and the opportunities facing us as a nation, a state and in our local communities.

It is the greatness of the democratic vision of this country that our giant leaps toward a better world are made by countless small steps by individuals. We are those individuals -- each of us. We care. We voted. And we must continue to work every day for our values and our vision of what America can be, because together we can make this a better world.

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Lucena Winberg November 08, 2012 at 12:33 PM
The democratic vision for this country is what will assure that we all rise or fall together. Thank you for your thoughts.
Melissa Havard November 08, 2012 at 12:49 PM
It is my hope and faith in our people that we can now find common ground to move forward...whether it be on helping our returning vets, job creations, creating a sustainable environmental policy that reduces our dependence on foreign oil, and refining a tax code that respects and promotes entrepreneurship and encourages American job growth at home, what unites us is far more than what divides us. Bless democracy and our great nation!
Jack Wetherson November 08, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Our work is just started. We have no time for those who want to heap negatives in our path to moving Forward.
Brad Hardin November 10, 2012 at 02:21 PM
A first observation - at this point there are no negative comments regarding Rita’s hopeful statement. I believe that we have almost always had negative comments on this blog in the past, and we may yet get some. But maybe too it is an indication that now that the election is over we can do some bridge-building with our Republican friends and neighbors. We have such common interests for a kinder and gentler world for our children. It is not easy but if we can listen and be caring and respectful of one another and of our differing opinions I know that we can do it.

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