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Tonight marks the starting line. Sure we've seen the race coming, we've seen who we're running against but honestly tonight is game night. With the kick off of the DNC we've heard the gun shot in the air marking the start of this race.

And with that start we should realize what is at stake and how hard we must fight to protect it. Make no mistake, despite cozy polling at time in swing states, we are literally facing a bloody knuckled, drop down, drag out fight for what was built years and years ago with FDR.

We must face this race and battle as stead fast as we ever have been. This is literally the fight for our lives.

Firstly this goes to a little beyond the immediate down tickets and state races, no this diary means to point out that this election goes to the most important reasons on why elections matter. This race immediately goes to the supreme court.

Its really no secret to those who follow SCOTUS blog, that the Judges retiree for all manner of reasons, however very often those announcements come during sympathetic administrations. Byron R. White waited until Clinton to retire and was appointed under Kennedy. Justice Thurgood Marshall attempted to stall age for a democratic president but on his announcement stated "I'm just getting old".

And indeed, the judges are getting old.

We are looking at a moment in history where we might be able to take back the courts finally for the Dems. We might be able to finally shift the court to the left and back to sanity. At this point we are most definitely looking at replacing at least one liberal judge in the next four years, depending on health we might actually be looking at replacing another two beyond that...both republican appointees.

So there it is, this is the line in the sand, this is our vanishing moment and our quickening as Democrats. Regardless of EVERYTHING else, we need the next four years in the White House at a bare minimum.

But it doesn't stop there unfortunately. I wish it were that easy, I do. I wish I could tell you to just volunteer for Obama, make some calls, knock on some doors, sign some petitions and you'd be done. But unfortunately life isn't that easy, and this year isn't going to be nearly as easy as 2008 was.

We need down ticket ground troops now more than ever.

Take my own state of Indiana, which thanks to the teacrazies, has actually put the state of Indiana in Democratic play. Sure there is quite a number of issues you might take with Donnelly, he is a pretty blue dog dem....but a dem is a dem, and we are dedicated to get as many of us as possible into their respective seats. Pull the stage to the left and the actors will play to the left.

So we need troops and we need them bad. We need every boot on the ground, every mouth on the phone, and every able bodied person doing what they can to bleach away the Red and redye this nation and our states blue.

Starting tonight, we must realize this is the fight of our lives.

Here in Indiana tonight I am committing to getting Joe elected. I also plan on helping the house dems as well by working to get war veteran Brendan Mullen elected to the house and working to prevent the demagogue Mike Pence from becoming Governor of this state.

We're facing the muzzle of the gun here folks. People like Paul Ryan and the empty suit like Mitt Romney want nothing more than to leverage and buy out our future for the benefit of the few, more specifically the benefit of the few at the top 1%. It's time we mustered our 99%.

Or rather, as Gov Martin O'Malley stated of the Maryland 400, we the ground folks must stand our ground to allow our Commander in Chief a chance to move forward and win this winnable war.

Please contact your local Democratic candidates through Facebook, Email, Twitter...hell if its open show up at your local Democratic election hall and put some skin in the game.

This year is it.

This is the year we decide if we want to invest in America, or if we want to leverage buy out our nation like Gordon Gekko...err Mitt Romeny on the right.

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