by Maggie Van Ostrand

By land, sea and air, our military fought for freedom in World War II, the “good war,” while civilians at home joined together in a massive nationwide effort to do our part. Little girls sacrificed the rubber tires from their doll carriages, boys collected the foil from discarded cigarette wrappings, women went to work in factories building airplanes, and senior citizens knitted socks, collected scrap metal, rolled bandages, and read to the wounded in military hospitals.

Never before or since were we so united. It is like that again today.

Despite the high cost of gasoline, entire families are driving to nearby states, knocking on doors of strangers, and asking that their votes be cast for Barack Obama; often they are invited in for a cup of coffee. People are talking, and people are listening. Caravans are wending their way to battleground states to drum up more votes for Obama. Despite the cost of long-distance, seniors are calling battleground states asking for votes for Obama. Despite not knowing their neighbors, people are gathering in other people’s living rooms to watch debates, make calls to get out the vote, and to raise funds. It seems there are as many Republicans as Democrats giving their money, their time, and their passion, to get Barack Obama elected.

Like Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II, Obama has united us in a common cause for the good of our nation. It’s imperative that we reverse the trouble we’re in, and restore our national self-respect.

We began by shouting “Yes we can!” Now it is time to shout, “Yes we must!”

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