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tblue37

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Sun Nov 26, 2023, 11:23 PM Nov 26

George Takei for the win: [View all]

A Democrat was in the White House when my family was sent to the internment camps in 1941. It was an egregious violation of our human and civil rights.

It would have been understandable if people like me said they’d never vote for a Democrat again, given what had been done to us.

But being a liberal, being a progressive, means being able to look past my own grievances and concerns and think of the greater good. It means working from within the Democratic party to make it better, even when it has betrayed its values.

I went on to campaign for Adlai Stevenson when I became an adult. I marched for civil rights and had the honor of meeting Dr. Martin Luther King. I fought for redress for my community and have spent my life ensuring that America understood that we could not betray our Constitution in such a way ever again.

Bill Clinton broke my heart when he signed DOMA into law. It was a slap in the face to the LGBTQ community. And I knew that we still had much work to do. But I voted for him again in 1996 despite my misgivings, because the alternative was far worse. And my obligation as a citizen was to help choose the best leader for it, not to check out by not voting out of anger or protest.

There is no leader who will make the decision you want her or him to make 100 percent of the time. Your vote is a tool of hope for a better world. Use it wisely, for it is precious. Use it for others, for they are in need of your support, too.


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George Takei for the win: [View all] tblue37 Nov 26 OP
Saw this today. Saved it, knowing it would be important to remind people Attilatheblond Nov 26 #1
Excellent! Thank you. tblue37 Nov 26 #3
To be honest, sometimes Marriage isn't Marriage Seinan Sensei Nov 27 #26
This 100%. oasis Nov 26 #2
MAGATs would call Mr. Takei weak for not taking revenge Martin Eden Nov 27 #4
Mr. Takei is such a treasure Skittles Nov 27 #5
George Takei is brilliant, & more importantly, he is deeply wise Hekate Nov 27 #6
He says what we all feel. ffr Nov 27 #7
Takei is a very wise man. Elessar Zappa Nov 27 #8
The perfect is the enemy of the good. Purists are enemies of pragmatists Bernardo de La Paz Nov 27 #9
I cast thee out, o unpure one, for misspelling Hair Furor! Hermit-The-Prog Nov 27 #16
George True Blue American Nov 27 #10
They didn't put German Americans in camps. Lucky Luciano Nov 27 #13
Maybe not, but True Blue American Nov 27 #18
Are you saying that, because your grandparents were treated niyad Nov 27 #20
You are totally and utterly misunderstanding. The point is that Americans whose roots were in Germany or Martin68 Nov 27 #28
They weren't interned in camps, though. yardwork Nov 27 #24
Reading comprehension is your friend. George did NOT say niyad Nov 27 #14
Safely? lonely bird Nov 27 #17
They weren't interested in taking in Jews ExWhoDoesntCare Nov 27 #21
Nope. Nor children. ancianita Nov 27 #27
George didn't say a Democrat started the war SpankMe Nov 27 #22
No need to misrepresent the internment camps for Japanese Americans. yardwork Nov 27 #23
Message auto-removed Name removed Nov 27 #11
Beautifully stated by Mr. Takei. (nt) Paladin Nov 27 #12
Thank you, George. niyad Nov 27 #15
Beautifully said redqueen Nov 27 #19
Got the chance to meet him at a comic con right before COVID hit Cuthbert Allgood Nov 27 #25
Mr. Takei is terrific.. whathehell Nov 27 #29
SO TRUE!! TY & George Takei!! Cha Nov 27 #30
I have always said UpInArms Nov 27 #31
A wise good man who speaks truth. NoMoreRepugs Nov 27 #32
Exactly, George. The Lib way is for OTHERS more than ourselves UTUSN Nov 27 #33
Wise words... AmBlue Nov 28 #34
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