By Dale Bowling
There are a lot of things for which DuPage Democrats should be thankful this year. Here is a list in no particular order.
We are thankful:
That our President Barack Obama was re-elected and we will have a president for the next four years who doesn't represent just 53% of Americans, but all Americans.
That the Senate remains in the hands of Grown-ups who are going to keep all kinds of Tea Party nonsense from becoming law.
That because of the aforementioned items America doesn't have to go back to the same policies that nearly brought us to the brink of economic ruin.
That America's hard-earned job growth over the last four years is protected from sabotage from those who would like to see America fail, so they can get their own guys back in.
That in America today access to Health Care is no longer a privilege of the Wealthy or the Lucky, but a right that all Americans enjoy.
That Republicans lacked the votes to prevent the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 from becoming law, since that law prevented America from sliding into a Second Great Depression. (OK- this wasn't this year, but we can still be thankful for it.)
That a broad coalition of voters (the Young, Women, Hispanics, African-Americans, and the Highly-Educated, among many others) have embraced the Democratic Party as the Party of Common Sense and Common Decency and with their help, the Democrats will be able to build a stronger, better, fairer America.
That America supports the right of Women to earn as much as Men for the same work and that Women have the right to decide what they do with their own bodies.
That the Tide seems to have turned and America has embraced Marriage Equality as a basic Human Right.
That intelligent and fair policies regarding Immigration Reform will be implemented, instead of knee-jerk xenophobia.
That America has committed itself to lift up those that have struggled in this economy, instead of leaving them to fend for themselves.
That America has made it clear that every American is free to hold his or her own religious beliefs, but no one is allowed to limit other people's freedom because of them.
That we don't have to worry about having another Supreme Court Justice appointed in the next four years who is going to undermine reproductive rights or support corporate personhood.
That Climate Change is back on the table as a subject of debate and maybe, just maybe America will heed the evidence that this is something we need to deal with now while we still can.
That in the last election, Fairness, Freedom and Equality won out over Servitude to Corporate Interests and Middle-Class Sacrifice in favor of the Wealthiest among us.
That we've seen an 850% growth in Democratic representatives in DuPage County since March, 2008.
That we have a tremendously dedicated and talented group of candidates, voters and volunteers who will propel us to electoral victories for years to come so we can fulfill the promise of America for all Americans.
It's been a good year! Let us be thankful for it.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!