There’s been a lot of talk about the Romney campaign’s use of the slogan “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose,” from the TV show Friday Night Lights. Connie Britton, who played Tammi Taylor on the show, and Executive Producer Sarah Aubrey, published an op-ed in USA Today to share their thoughts:
"Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose," was the battle cry for the high school football teams of Dillon, Texas, on the TV show Friday Night Lights for five seasons. But the show wasn't just about football. And "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" wasn't just about winning games. Rather, it was a rallying cry of hope and optimism in a community where everyone had a fair shot -- no matter their background, no matter their parents, no matter their gender. And no matter their politics.
So it has been surprising that the phrase has been usurped and co-opted by Mitt Romney and his campaign for their gain. And it got us thinking: What would the women of Dillon think about this?
Dillon is a classic American town filled with hard-working, middle-class Americans, who just want to lead productive, healthy lives. And the women we represented on the show -- the women we are in real life -- are like the millions of women across the nation. Women who want to make our own health care decisions. Women who want to earn equal pay for the work we do. Women who want affordable health care.
In fact, it is President Obama who has shown his values to be more closely aligned with those represented by the phrase.
Britton and Aubrey go on to discuss how President Obama has fought for women, by standing up for equal pay, affordable health care, and our right to make our own decisions about our bodies. They close with this plea:
So as women, let's take "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts" back and use it as it was always intended -- as a motivator for progress, power, and greatness. Let's use our clear eyes and full hearts to vote early. Let's use our clear eyes and full hearts to tell every friend, family member and neighbor about what's at stake for women in this election. What's at stake for all of us.
If we women make ourselves aware of the issues and make our voices heard, we most certainly cannot lose.
Read it, and then share it. It’s up to us to make sure the women in our lives know what’s at stake when they cast their votes.
Full list of op-ed cosigners: Connie Britton, Sarah Aubrey, Nan Bernstein, Karen Wacker, Liz Heldens, Bridget Carpenter, Kathleen Kiatta, Allison Liddi‐Brown, Monica Henderson Beletsky, Kerry Ehrin, Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki, Stacey Oristano, Jurnee Smollett‐Bell, Linda Lowy, Angela Rawna, Rox Hodenfield, Marlana Hope, Rebecca Fulton, Barbara Haberecht, Libby Villari, Dana Wheeler‐Nicholson, Bonnie Clevering, Liz Mikel, Cleta Ellington, Cary White, Suzanne Stover, Kara Sutherlin, Merrilee McCommas McGehee, Charmaine Richard