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Democrats must take back the House

To the editor:

Tuesday was momentous and will be historically viewed as a defining moment of American democracy. Despite billions of dollars being spent to destroy our president and all he stands for, millions of Americans stood up by pouring their blood, sweat, tears and $30 contributions into this campaign. People power prevailed. This Democracy is ours, the 99 percent.

I believe Barack Obama’s biggest gift to the American people is that he reminded, no, woke us up to the power of American democracy. The power of us. The power of teamwork and common goals.

Now that we all have got a couple of nights sleep, it is time to make our plans for 2014. To help our president and ourselves in the process we need to take back the House, and while we are at it, send Mitch McConnell packing for good.

We will need to flip 17 seats in the House and find a great candidate in Kentucky to overcome the minority speaker of the Senate. If we accomplish this, the country will get an extra push in the right direction facilitating the president’s efforts. Wind at his back, if you will. We have plenty of time to rest up, but we must do this.

I fell asleep in 2010. I couldn’t take people with tea bags hanging off their hats seriously. I will be wide awake for 2014.

Mark L. Whitney

Amherst

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