Democrats are going to change the world this November, and it will be a beautiful thing as the two factions of the Democratic party start to come together and coalesce forces, joining hands and joining purposes, moving forward together... united -- a singular mission at last.
It won't be easy, but it won't be all that difficult either. We're all Americans, and most of all -- we're all Democrats. We may have disagreed on the path we should take to get to the White House, but both sides of the Democratic party are committed to winning the keys to the White House this November.
We'll need to start in places like Maryland's Allegany County:
In Western Maryland's Allegany County, where Barack Obama got less than one-third of the vote in the state's Feb. 12 Democratic primary, Bill DuVall knows his neighbors harbor misgivings about the man who appears likely to be the party's presidential nominee. "A lot of the talk I have heard hasn't been positive," said DuVall, business agent for a carpenters' union and chairman of the county Democratic Central Committee. [...]
As Obama moves within reach of the Democratic nomination, the Illinois senator faces the challenge of a general election that will hinge in part on his ability to suture intra-party rifts exposed by the primaries.
I don't believe that it's solely up to Obama. No question he needs to reach out and welcome former Clinton supporters into the camp - but the job isn't his alone. Hillary Clinton should, and I'm confident will, reach out as well and help pull together Democrats, helping to unite the party.
But it will take more than Hillary and Barack's efforts. It will take all of us Democrats reaching out to heal the divide that'll really drive this process forward, and help it to reach its fullest potential.
And the lesson we learn as we Democrats reaching across our own internal divide will inform and guide us as we continue to reach out to independents and Republicans as well. Let's not coalesce Democrats for the purpose of waging war on Republicans -- let's learn from the process of gathering and healing our own internal rifts and turn those lessons towards reaching out and healing the greater divides that still separate all of us Americans, red and blue, old and young, rich and poor, black and white and yellow and brown.
The process we follow and the results we achieve in the near term healing of the Democratic party can and should be extended as far as possible, reaching out to all Americans.
We Democrats, sharply divided for quite some time, will find the common ground and eventually stand united. The lessons we learn along the way should be applied towards healing the divides across party lines as well.
The tasks before us our daunting, but the potential is monumental. We, the people, have a golden opportunity to rebuild this nation and help our leaders set a new course for democracy worldwide. That work begins today, and it starts with you and me.
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