Christine Pelosi- Out of the Shadows: DREAMers, Democrats and Democracy
If there is anyone left wondering if there are big choices at stake in 2012, I say look to the dawn, the twilight and the shadows. I've been doing so since my first campaign, as a toddler with two sisters in a stroller pushed by mom. As we strolled precincts that fall in 1968, our Mom wore a patterned H-H-H scarf for Hubert H Humphrey, who said that our moral test, our calling , our job, is to care for those in the dawn of life, the twilight of life and the shadows of life. The dawn of life, our children; the twilight of life, our seniors; and the twilight of life, our most vulnerable Americans.
Little did we know then that 40 years later our mom, Nancy Pelosi, would have moved from kitchen to Congress, becoming the first woman Speaker of the House. But that's what politics is -- not a great leap to power, but the steps that you take for your values along the way. Now I'm taking those steps with my own toddler, Isabella, across 20 states and around California, including yesterday's Democratic BBQ & Chili Cook-Off rally in Stockton. And I find that in every community, the moral test that Humphrey talked about for 1968 is just as true today -- and, if anything, even more urgent in 2012.
Because what's at stake in 2012 is the fate of those in the dawn of life, and what kind of future we give our children: whether we invest in early education, HEAD Start, school lunches and the opportunity for each kid in Isabella's generation to reach their God-given potential regardless of race or creed or class or gender or sexual orientation.
Also at stake in this election are those in the twilight of life, our seniors: the big choice about medicare -- do we take $716 billion from insurance companies and give it to Medicare services or to tax cuts? Are you going to serve seniors or are you going to serve the Koch brothers? You decide. We have to support those who took the gutsy call - not when it was easy or where it was easy -- but where it was tough and where it was necessary -- to stand up for healthcare and Medicare.