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I Vote for Democrats.  I am a liberal, I have progressive values, and I say it with pride.  I am voting for Democrats in the election this year, and I am doing it with pride.  I do it because I care, and I cannot stand by and not support the people and the party that is working for me. There are things that I want from my president and party, and there are things that I expect they can actually deliver. As long as the gap between the two continues to get smaller, I will continue to wholeheartedly support the President and our party.

When I watch all of the nasty ads on TV and see the narrow minded, hateful signs at GOP rallies I know that I am not voting for the "lesser of two evils". I am not voting against the hate and the ignorance and the selfishness of the Republican party.  I am voting for everything that they are against because it is the right thing to do. The right thing for women. For the middle class. For minorities. For the poor. For the planet. For the sick. For veterans. For marriage equality. For civil rights.

For what is right.

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Jan. 20, 2009 “President-elect Barack Obama was about to walk out to take the oath of office. Backstage at the U.S. Capitol, he took one last look at his appearance in the mirror.”

We are now getting to the point in the campaign where, IMO, everyone that has already not made up their mind needs to do a gut check. There is no question as to what party is better for 99% of of America, so as we come across any undecideds I think it is important to be positive. The best way to convince these people of something that I suspect deep down inside they already know is to be enthusiastic and speak from your heart. At the bottom of this diary are links to many more diaries with many facts and figures and charts and graphs. That may help, but as I said we are at at the passion point here.

Stay upbeat, keep your eye on the prize, and remember what is at stake.

Here are a few of the more memorable and important accomplishments over the past few years. There was so much accomplished, this is by no means an all inclusive list, just a few for inspiration. :)

People in the audience listen as President Barack Obama speaks before signing the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 during a ceremony at the Interior Department in Washington, D.C. December 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner escort Elizabeth Warren from the Oval Office to the Rose Garden of the White House for the statement naming Warren to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Sept. 17, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act:
President Barack Obama, with Assembly Manager Teri Quigley, gets behind the wheel of a new Chevy Volt during his tour of the General Motors Auto Plant in Hamtramck, Mich., July 30, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Feb. 4, 2009: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) meets with the President in the Oval Office. Collins was one of three Republican Senators who eventually voted for the stimulus bill. February 4, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Ends Iraq War.
President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq during a secure video teleconference in the Situation Room of the White House, Oct. 21, 2011. Seated at the table, from left, are: Tony Blinken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President ; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Puneet Talwar, Senior Director for Iraq, Iran and the Gulf States; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; and Chief of Staff Bill Daley. Pictured onscreen are: at left, Prime Minister al-Maliki, along with two aides; in center, Vice President Joe Biden; at right, General Lloyd Austin, Commanding General of U.S. Forces - Iraq and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Signing the Lily Ledbetter Act
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Obama walks through the Cross Hall of the White House after delivering a statement to the media on the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden applaud as Judge Sonia Sotomayor delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 26, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
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Vicki Kennedy, wife of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, gives President Barack Obama a "TEDSTRONG" bracelet, which shows support for cancer advocacy, in the Blue Room of the White House prior to the signing ceremony for the health insurance reform bill, March 23, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Past IVFD diaries with many, many more reasons....

From JanF

Why I Vote For Democrats: Ted Kennedy
Why I Vote For Democrats: Uplifting Words
Why I Vote For Democrats: Social Security
Why I Vote For Democrats: "This most basic right"
Why I Vote For Democrats: The Medicare Bill of 1965
Why I Vote For Democrats: DREAMs of Our Children
Why I Vote For Democrats: The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Why I Vote For Democrats: LGBT Rights
Why I Vote For Democrats: Nancy Pelosi
Why I Vote For Democrats: Gardens
Why I Vote For Democrats: "The bright sunshine of human rights"
Why I Vote For Democrats: Connections
Why I Vote For Democrats: National Service Programs
Why I Vote For Democrats: Respecting Our Wounded Veterans
Why I Vote For Democrats: Grant Park
Why I Vote For Democrats: Caring for others
Why I Vote For Democrats: Women's Issues
Why I Vote For Democrats: Higher Education
Why I Vote For Democrats: Science Education
Why I Vote For Democrats: The Budget
Why I Vote For Democrats: To Win Elections
Why I Vote For Democrats: President Barack Obama    
Why I Vote For Democrats: The Supreme Court (Fair Elections)
Why I Vote For Democrats: The 113th Congress

By ME!

90 Reasons!! - I Vote For Democrats
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Why I Vote for Democrats:52-47
Why I Vote For Democrats: One Image
Why I Vote for Democrats: the Lincoln connection
Why I Vote For Democrats, the Council on Women and Girls
I Vote For Democrats: Jobs and Arrested Development
The 2 biggest reasons why I vote for Democrats.

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