now is the time!

29Aug08

i, like millions of americans tonight, just watched a speech that some analysts are calling “a political masterpiece” (as stated on CNN’s broadcast).  not only was it moving, powerful, and poignant, but it was full of hope – hope for the future, hope for the United States, and hope for each and every American.

Barack Obama’s acceptance speech delivered real ideas and real plans for the direction of our country, and pointed out the most important issues we need to address:  the economy.  healthcare.  foreign relations.  energy.  education.  the list goes on.  these are achievements we’ve only dreamed about in the past – and now, we have a voice that will fight for them and make them a reality.

to paraphrase an age old concept, we must be strong for ourselves before we can be strong for others.  we need to rebuild and regroup.  we need to re-establish ourselves and grow strong again.  we need to set these independent ideas, ideas that helped found our country in the first place and create the land of the free, in motion.

we need change, and we need it now.

friends, together we can make this happen.  let’s see it through to November!

:: www.barackobama.com ::

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6 Responses to “now is the time!”

  1. Please don’t take what I’m about to say the wrong way, I really mean you no harm, and I liked what you wrote here. Everything you mentioned that Sen. Obama has promised We the People are really no different than what most past presidents have promised. So, I guess I’m curious as to why you think this particular man, Sen. Obama, will be the one to deliver? I guess I’m also curious to know why you think Sen. Obama will work alone to carry out his promises? Do you think everyone around him will be in agreement with his policies? Every presidential cycle there are sometimes the same people on the Hill doing the same jobs under different presidents. I can say the same about Sen. John McCain. His promises mean nothing – unless they coincide with those who really run the show. Those might be the hundreds of members in our government who belong to the Council on Foreign Relations rather than the president’s cabinet. Voting McCain is voting in McSame as Bush.

    You wrote, “we need change, and we need it now” so why are you falling for the same smooth talk we’ve been getting for the last 20 years? Don’t you think if a president and a congress were really serious about our best interests and welfare that we’d have a good health plan in affect now? Don’t you wonder why we have a rotten education system and who put it in place over the last 20 years? How about our present “energy” crisis – do you really think Sen. Obama, Sen. Clinton or Sen. McCain will be the answer to our prayers when even President Clinton couldn’t achieve this feat?

    Do you ever wonder about the special committee’s in place that research all the ways they can seduce you into believing everything a candidate says in their speeches? Or who is behind the push for certain candidates to make it through to the nomination process? Do you really think it’s only the momentum of the populace? Most times the good guy doesn’t make it past the first round – doesn’t that bother you?

    Well, I hope you take this in good stride and sportsmanship because I’m certainly not picking on you or anything like that. I’m just surfin’ the ‘net and came upon your blog and after reading your post felt compelled to respond. Probably because it makes me a little nervous when I read where a person’s hopes are pinned on someone else’s words rather than their voting record. I’m a diehard C-SPAN junkie and have the luxury of listening to congressional hearings on a daily basis and it’s interesting hearing what the congressmen really say rather than filtered through a journalist or reporter. I get it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, and have learned from years of hearings that both sides speak out of both sides of their mouths, say one thing and do another, promise the moon but deliver a moonpie. And after all these years I can honestly say that none of the front-runners will deliver what the People expect. Once it’s all over People will be scratching their heads wondering what happened to their favorite candidate because they’ve had a change of heart on every matter of import, or they’ll tell you they can’t get it done because of the opposing party – then they all go off to the cloakroom and have uproarious laughter over how they once again fooled them damn fools. Pitiful, isn’t it?

    Again, thanks for indulging me. You’ve been wonderful!

    PuC

  2. 2 SteveB

    I thought the speech meandered a little in the middle (too much towards typical stump-speech material) — but I thought he ended really strongly. His call for both peronsal responsibility and an end to polarized politics really resonated with me.

  3. steve, i agree. i’m curious to see if any other candidate has mentioned personal responsibility before. it sounded new to me, and quite welcome. we can’t be a great country sitting around and thinking we’re great. we’ve gotta MAKE it great. :)

    i also really liked the “power of example, not example of power” idea. obama realizes the importance of strengthening ourselves at home in order to be strong abroad . . . just like how i’ve learned “you’ve got to love yourself before you can love anyone else.”

    i think DC is getting under my skin. :)

  4. PuC –

    why do i believe Barack Obama is the one to deliver on what our country needs? perhaps it’s that he’s young in the Senate, and hasn’t let his potentially small voice among those much more experienced than he get buried just because he’s young. or perhaps it’s that he’s worked for change to benefit the people, whether in politics or public works, for years on end. or perhaps it’s that he’s gotten millions of us to take off our iPods and listen for once; to realize that we can make our country great again if we just try.

    one thing i learned from experience about taking office (any sort of office) is that you’re inheriting the good and bad from the previous holders, and it takes time – often longer than you have the office – to fix it. it takes a lot of work, a strong leader, and a good plan, to set in motion the changes that need to happen. they may not occur immediately, but once those seeds are planted and take root, change will happen.

    and honestly? none of us can know for sure his plans will work until we try. (or mccain’s either.) but the hope is there that success can be achieved.

    also, there will be a lot of dissent from the house and senate, guaranteed. to have a completely unanimous set of policymakers will defeat the purpose. we need skeptics and analysts to keep these plans in balance. to make sure the research is done, and done well, before something becomes law. if we had only ‘yes’ all the time, we wouldn’t have any credibility left for making well argued and thought out decisions.

    finally, i believe Barack Obama can do this because he has inspired hope in the American people and the American dream again. the last eight years have been tough – physically, financially, and emotionally – all across the country. the changes we need can only be achieved with hope driving us to movement instead of complacency. if we believe that better times are ahead of us, we will fight for them.

  5. I really liked his speech. :) And I’m hoping that McCain’s VP pick will totally backfire–does he really think that people won’t notice that Sarah Palin has no experience and, until fairly recently, had no idea what a VP even DOES?

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12969.html

  6. Erin,
    You have a good head on your shoulders, and I like that..:) I really can’t find fault with anything you’ve written and it’s good to get jazzed over someone – especially if said person instills you with hope. Obama does just that. I’m glad you took the time to flesh out your thoughts about Obama because you sound more level-headed in your response; like I said, I just bounced in here last night and read your first entry/post and was struck by a feeling that you were very young and had been mesmerized by the very charming man Obama. Perhaps I’ve been around the political scene more than you and am cynical about just how much “change” a mere man can muster while in office. I’m also struck by how young people can be so blind-sided by charisma and personality, rather than voting record and being principle-oriented. You see, I like the man, Obama. I like a lot of what he stands for and would likely vote for him if it weren’t for the fact that he opposes individual gun rights for Americans. I guess you could say I’m a Centrist, politically-speaking, or a Moderate if I had to be pinned down to a stance, but I do believe in our Constitution and in our civil liberties. I can’t get into the mind-set of an intelligent man who doesn’t, won’t or can’t abide by the very foundational tenets of our nation. Does that make sense to you? I just hate it when I really like a candidate but can’t vote for them because of a fundamental issue like the 2nd Amendment.

    And not to get off subject here, but I agree with the commenter above referring to Panama Jack’s VP pick. Since I think McCain is a silly sausage, my guess is he picked her because she’s easy on the eyes and you can bet there would be some jealousy between the wife and VP if he actually wins the Presidency. I sure hope he doesn’t for lots of reasons, most of them having to do with his not being presidential material..;> I think Obama ranks far above McCain in looks, intelligence and statesmanship. Plus, Obama has a beautiful smile. I just can’t reconcile his associations with William Ayers and early Saul Alinsky ties. After all, it was Obama himself who wrote,

    “I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets….At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy. When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake, we were resisting bourgeois society’s stifling constraints. We weren’t indifferent or careless or insecure. We were alienated.”

    and,

    “According to Ryan Lizza of New Republic Magazine, Mike Kruglik, a man who trained Obama in Alinsky’s method, considered him “a natural, the undisputed master of agitation who could engage a room full of recruiting targets in a rapid-fire Socratic dialogue, nudging them to admit that they were not living up to their own standards….[H]e could be aggressive and confrontational…[to] pinpoint the source of pain in their lives.” This tactic is what Saul Alinsky called “rubbing raw the wounds of discontent” in order to goad the “recruiting targets” into engaging in revolution against the establishment. It is a page right out of Marx’s Communist Manifesto.”

    This is PuC writing now. Do you think a person can outgrow earlier ideals and political persuasions, Erin? I know I can and have, but then again, I’m not running for president either. Anyway, I wish I had more time tonight to devote to commenting on your comments because they were well-thought out and I enjoyed what you wrote and the spirit behind your words. Your an excellent sport and an open-minded individual as far as our little repartee, and I shall pop in here now and again. Take care, Erin. It’s been a pleasure..:)


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