Yes, Emma will get this soon…
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// February 3rd, 2008 // Comments Off // life
I’ve fought with this post for some time. I’ve written it in my head at least a 100 times… but still, I have no idea what compels me or anyone to write about politics. I don’t discuss them much and I don’t usually pay attention. I am now… maybe it’s age and getting older, maybe it’s the current landscape of our world, maybe it’s my daughter and the child that my wife is carrying or simply the future of my friends and family.
I also write this as someone who has voted on the “Right” side of the line 80% of my voting life. Republican. I have voted for democrats, just not much. I am not a registered republican or democrat. I don’t care to devote my views entirely to any one of those parties. I do fall in line with most of the views of the republican side, but this time I find my self in line with other issues that line up more on the democrat side.
As I’ve watched these debates and conversations I am overwhelmingly amazed at how many of the candidates have blamed the current Bush admin on all the problems we currently have. I’m tired of hearing about what Bush should have done or not done. It’s in the past. For this reason, I have been drawn to Obama for some time. I’ve been watching him and his speeches. He is focused on moving forward and fixing things – not blaming. Sure, he’s made the occasional jab at the other candidates but he’s been consistently focused on how to address and fix things and not who to blame.
I realize I’m standing in line with a different crowd at this moment, but I truly believe if you take the time to read and listen to Obama you will see and hear the ideas that can change and motivate. When you read, I challenge you to read direct quotes or listen to speeches… DO NOT TAKE YOUR NEIGHBORS WORD. I’ll give one example that makes me mad and laugh at the same time… the rumors that Obama is/was a muslim. Insane. No, I’m not going to defend him… research it.
A defining speech from Barack was in Nashua, New Hampshire… a state he didn’t even win. The second part of this speech will go down as one of the great speeches of our time… very inspiring and motivational. Check out the excerpt and musical clip below. Unlike some other folks, I’ll leave comments on. I am not asking for debate but I’m also not going to ignore other opinions and thoughts.
Thanks for reading!
We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no
matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can withstand the
power of millions of voices calling for change.
We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will
only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We’ve been
asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against
offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been
anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible
odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t
try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a
simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.
Yes we can.
It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the
destiny of a nation.
Yes we can.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail
toward freedom through the darkest of nights.
Yes we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and
pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can.
It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the
ballot; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and
prosperity. Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair this
world. Yes we can.
And so tomorrow, as we take this campaign South and West; as we learn
that the struggles of the textile worker in Spartanburg are not so
different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas; that the
hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are
the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we
will remember that there is something happening in America; that we
are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people;
we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter
in America’s story with three words that will ring from coast to
coast; from sea to shining sea – Yes. We. Can.