On Tuesday, Michele Obama tried to bring energy to the Obama campaign with a speech that she gave in Dayton. Her message: “It Takes One.” She energized her audience by reflecting on the “grassroots” efforts that they made in 2008, telling them that one person championing Obama can make all of the difference.
I was a high school senior during the last presidential campaign. I was 17 and very aware of everything that was going on in the two different campaigns. I couldn’t vote (much to my chagrin), but I could talk. And I did. Quite a lot. I didn’t shy away from highlighting Obama’s pro-abortion voting record or statements. I was always ready to talk about his destructive attitudes. I even made locker signs that displayed his record for my peers. I know that the Obama supporters are going to be loud on my campus this fall. But I have a voice, too. And I’m not going to let them bully me into silence and submission. We don’t need silence and we certainly don’t need yelling and disruptions – we need fearless conversations everywhere.
We know when someone is right and when someone is wrong for our country. I’m not sure if people are still fearful that they will be labeled “extremist” if they speak out against the damage that Obama has done to America and that he will continue to do if he remains in office for another four years. But I am sure that people have to move beyond this fear. Every single one of our voices matters. And having one of our voices shut down by lies creates room for that “one” person Michele Obama is advocating for to take things to the next level in the Obama campaign. It takes one of our brave voices to say, “Enough with these childish things,” to talk about him as the man that he is, to cancel out an Obama voice, and to multiply the Romney voices.
I was astounded the night that Obama won the 2008 election. I was astounded the day that Congress “passed” Obamacare. I was astounded the morning that the highest court in our country declared it constitutional. And I am sure that many of you were, too.
Our government is supposed to defend us – and here it was assaulting us. There is too much at stake to be nice about this president and his policies. Yes, we have to be respectful and dignified. We must always take the higher road. But more than anything right now, we have to be fearless.
Michele Obama is telling people that it takes one person to make Obama’s re-election a reality.
But it isn’t going to be a reality. We are going to elect Mitt Romney.
Think of your voice. It matters. Think of all of our voices. They matter. Think of the voices that have been silenced by this administration’s policies. They matter. We have to speak for ourselves, and we have to speak for them. We have to be fearless – for us and for them.