lessons from America

Going the distance

For several reasons, the film ‘Field of Dreams’ has been in my mind a lot during the election campaign.  One of the film’s powerful lines is “go the distance”.  See things through to the end, believe in it, push for it, work for it and go all out for it, no matter how far-fetched and challenging a task.  Kos has another variation on it: “leave everything on the road”.

So many people that I’ve met, spoken with, read their blogs or comments on other blogs, or just heard about have been doing that this election cycle.  Not just these past few days, but for the past weeks, months and sometimes years.  It has been inspiring, humbling and energising to watch.  And will be again over the next 20-odd hours, as everyone puts in one final, mega effort. 

As this may be my last entry til after election night in Chicago, let me just take this opportunity to praise and be in awe of all the volunteers, the volunteer co-ordinators, the campaign staffers, the progressive activists and the netroots for all that they have done and achieved.  And I say that irrespective of the result tonight.  But the result will hopefully reflect the ground game and the enthusiasm of the campaign … and the hopes of millions of people across the globe.

Together we all have almost gone the distance.  I look forward to in a few hours doing my little bit to see this through to an Obama victory (and a good night for Democrat candidates in Congress and down-ticket) late tonight.  Good luck to everyone involved.

PS. And let’s hope the voting lines are long because of a record turnout and not because of problems with technology, registration rolls or a partisan attempt to disenfranchise people.


November 4, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I can’t imagine an experience more powerful than collaborating with so many global minds and hearts in this historic journey of ‘going the distance’, especially sharing the collective joys and rewards that is experienced through radical vision, unity, and persistence. Good times…

    Comment by J.Bell | November 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. Congratulations, Malcolm, on your part in making history.

    Comment by Anne Clark | November 5, 2008 | Reply

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