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Barack Obama: A More Perfect Union (Mandatory Viewing)

March 21, 2008

This recent speech given and written entirely by Barack Obama is easily the most important political speech ever delivered in my lifetime. And no matter where you think your vote is going in November, you owe it to yourself to listen to this speech which, I have no doubt, will be printed in American history books in years to come.

Come November, if given the opportunity, I will not vote for the candidate who is willing to continue an immoral and unjust war for another 50-100 years. Nor will I vote for the candidate who is willing to divide her own party just to “unite” the country. I will not support a continued political dynasty.

I will however, vote for Barack Obama.

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  1. Leon A. Walker permalink
    March 22, 2008 1:18 am

    Leon A. Walker
    Freelance Writer
    Pensacola, Florida
    leonwalker@cox.net

    “Within This America”

    We are in the midst of observing something incredibly thrilling and of mammoth historic significance in this country. I predict that future generations and perhaps we, will someday reflect on the Presidential Campaign of Senator Barack Obama, as a secondary story and in truth, that is how it should be.

    Several months ago I watched the movie “The Queen” starring Helen Mirren. In my efforts to mentally locate a basis for what I wanted to express in this writing, that film seems great example. In short, from my perspective it is in large part, a film about progress and change. But perhaps more importantly, it is about leadership failing to take the measure of, and to respond to the will of the people. It is a film about blinding myopia and rigid tradition which were the basis for crippled leadership. This column is also about the potential for people, citizens with deep seeded beliefs and dreams having an impact and creating real possibilities.

    In spite of my optimism, clearly we cannot predict what further level of success Senator Obama will enjoy through the remainder of his campaign. What I have come to know is that is possible, “a very real possibility” that he may become the next President of the United States. That realization alone, speaks volumes about this country, its citizens and the reality of the American Dream.

    As a child I would sometimes rush through the wonderful birthday meal my mother had prepared, only focusing on and anticipating the birthday cake that awaited me. Nearly completely failing to appreciate that two separate events were contained in that year’s celebration. As we continue to go about our work on behalf of our candidate, we should be thoroughly enjoying the “fact” that through this campaign to date, we have already orchestrated what is quite possibly the most significant event in this nation’s recent political history. I for one hope Americans never lose sight of or fail to fully appreciate this. Without question securing the Democratic Party nomination and the White House are further critical goals to remain intently focused on. But for many Americans such a reality is only just becoming fathomable.

    Before I continue and in an effort to ensure my past ideological failings are fully exposed, let me share some insight into myself. I am an African American, fifty four years old and a native of Cleveland, Ohio. I am college educated and a retired U. S. Naval Officer and former business professional. In short, politically I am significantly right of Teddy Kennedy and perhaps even Senator Obama. So in truth, had you asked me one year ago if this level of success was remotely possible for this candidate, I would have responded that such a thing was both a pipe dream as well as a dangerous proposition. Let me say that I no longer believe either of the foregoing, and also that I was pointedly wrong. I was wrong in my manner of thinking, and wrong about America. I had mentally fallen victim to visions of the same depressing political paralysis that I had long despised.
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    Media pundits and long time politicians repeatedly tell us that speeches, passion, dreams and movements are not the stuff that political leadership is made of. In my view, one has only to recall even from youthful historic studies, visions of just those things as the basis for garnering support for forming and defending the fledgling United States of America. Not only have the long time political insiders seemingly forgotten this, but they also shamelessly and publicly state their disbelief in the importance and substance of it. I can only imagine that this is due in large part to deeply ingrained institutionalized concepts and political ideology that defy them clear vision of the very America that they have committed themselves to report on or the Americans they profess to represent. Oh yes, our career politicians want us to vote for them but they don’t think we really understand and appreciate their methods. Then selling this hollow notion of experience, while locked in an egotistical comma, failing to respond to our many in citizens living in most every variety despair. The reality is, they don’t fully understand and appreciate that the citizens have lost faith in their ability to adequately examine the needs of the people, or their willingness to even fully grasp and carry out such basic concepts as the “will of the people”. I am genuinely perplexed as to how on a grand scale, American politicians unknowingly wander lost into this unknown place. A place as in the aforementioned movie, where “they simply don’t understand that they don’t understand”.

    In the history of this generation there is a new story, not only that of traditional vitriolic words, callous tactics and seedy improprieties which litter the landscape of our political leadership. There is now the far more compelling and intriguing story of the “Children of Light”, the many Americans who have loosed themselves from the grips of fear, myopia, silence and indifference. Citizens who have become galvanized by a purposeful dream and belief in an “America within” with the power to change America throughout.

    So many have risen to work together for something wonderful in a unified quest for a new brand of leadership. I am heartened and energized by what I have seen and learned from my country of late. In spite of our many troubles and differences, many still believe there is within our grasp a magnificent reality of untainted leadership, equity and freedom to choose that should be thoroughly considered and fully appreciated. There is a visible movement of the many, the we, who are taking an active stance politically and simply refusing to eat “the devil’s hor dourves”. The diverse and delicately blended we, who are galvanized in casting our votes and having a voice in making our choice for the next President of the United States. We, who are joined in our effort to overturn this nation’s inefficient and rustic political machine.

    Certainly, there are many challenges and disagreements to face and battles to fight. But now, no mater how daunting the task or how dismal the outlook, or how deeply painful the scars, I am convinced without question, that “within this America” of today, “there is something greater”.

    L. A. Walker

    © Leon A. Walker, March 2008

  2. March 22, 2008 3:36 pm

    Whether Obama’s magnificent speech helps or hurts
    his presidential  
    aspirations remains to be seen. But it has
    undoubtedly made him a  
    world figure. Talk about audacity — to talk frankly
    and intelligently  
    about race and, what’s more, to address the audience
    as though they  
    were grown-ups. I think it firmly plants him in the
    company of ML King  
    and Frederick Douglass. I don’t know if America is
    ready for this  
    dialogue yet, so in that respect he may have injured
    himself. But the  
    truth of his words will remain. I was especially
    amused by the  
    underlying desperation in the predictable attacks
    from the right wing.  
    They know full well that racial reconciliation will
    make them  
    permanent outsiders in the halls of power. The whole
    scaffolding on  
    which they stand is to keep African Americans and
    blue-collar workers  
    at one another’s throats while they loot everything
    that isn’t nailed  
    down. Obama’s address in Philadelphia (along with
    Bush’s habitual  
    malfeasance)  may well have been the opening crack
    that brings the  
    scaffolding crashing to earth. Or so I hope.

  3. March 24, 2008 7:10 am

    Leon, Burt & Traps. . .

    Thanks to each of you for your valued insight.

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