Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Obama Makes History

Barack Obama made history on March 18, 2008 in a speech that will go down in history as one of the most profound and authentic on the issue of the racial harmony so desperately wanting to happen in this country, perhaps the best since Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream." It sets the depth of his character apart from the insiders who run against him. The nation has a clear choice, and those that reject the pearl are swine.

If the country is too stupid to stand for its own health care, to demand an equitable economy that allows the committed and competent to be compensated instead of exploited, then it deserves to be discarded by the corrupt politicians it elects. Perhaps CEO's make $500 M salaries because we vote for politicians who serve CEO's. Obama can speak to the diversity, both racial and economic, of this nation. He understands the economic suppression of the lower classes to benefit the upper classes.

The speech is history, every word riveting and dripping with the soul of an authentic human being committed to a higher reality. Perhaps the most brilliant line involved the distinguishing of the pastor's paradigm of a static reality. Reality is not static.

The country has been granted the rare and golden opportunity of a superior candidate for president, perhaps the best in our lifetime. If we squander this chance, God help us. My enthusiasm for a Hillary Clinton White House matches that of John McCain. Both represent tired, old school thinking, the manipulation of a childish electorate. What most distinguishes Barack Obama and makes him stand out is his willingness and courage to address the country as adults. The courage, dignity, and leadership to address us as functional and capable of unity instead of splitting and manipulating morons paints a contrast so stark against Limbaugh, Rove, and the rest of the demons.

Barack’s speech had the extraordinary courage to regard the American public as articulate and intelligent enough to respond to an address delivered at a level higher than the fourth grade. On March 18, 2008, Barack Obama demonstrated genuine leadership, an authentic voice of commitment towards a future for everyone, not just the insiders. No election has captured my heart more than 2008. If once again the country does dumb, if the swine toss the pearl to elect more of the swine, I am so screwed.

So are you.

6 Comments:

Blogger John Rose said...

2007 or 2008?

3/19/2008 8:24 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Thx. Corrected.

3/19/2008 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dick Morris had an interesting take on the speech on RasmussenReports.com.

He says that the electorate will come to realize that Obama had to tolerate the extremism of his pastor so that he could rise successfully in Chicago's Black political scene. He never would have reached the prominence that allows him to run for President now had he not been pragmatic on his way up. Morris figures that people will forgive Obama's opportunism as pragmatism and move on.

I certainly hope so.

Hillary certainly must have cozied up to many shady characters over the years, and McCain has his own "minister problem".

3/19/2008 8:59 AM  
Blogger Casey DeLorme, APR said...

I couldn't help thinking two things as I watched this one...

First, he might just be an omnivore! How powerful to hear a leader articulate a completely different, and highly intelligent, line of thinking-- in this case dismising the "You're a racist" vs. "No I'm not, you are..." mentality that blocks out real discussion of race in our culture. Now, combine those abilities of thinking and intelligent articulation with with an entire generation (omnivores) that has shown its ability to move past old issues and embrace new ideas and directions... and they're just entering their active political lives...

Second (and x4mr articulated this already), it is so refreshing to realize that we have a real presidential candidate who is both inspiring and intellectually powerful. I'm tired of being smarter than my president.

Transcript of the speech is here for those who need it: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88478467

3/19/2008 9:30 AM  
Blogger John Rose said...

Obama gives an extraordinary speech, and what does ABCNews do? Publish this: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4480868&page=1

This is blatant purposeful misrepresentation of the facts merely to sell more "news", and exactly the kind of degenerated discourse Obama was speaking against.

3/19/2008 11:48 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

The reaction to Obama's speech has been overwhelmingly positive, from what I have seen so far.

The speech was nothing short of brilliant, both in content and timing. I read that Obama wrote the entire speech over a two day period. It was also his own idea to "walk into the minefield," as Eugene Robinson said, and confront the race issue head on in this manner.

I have been waiting and waiting for Obama to confront his attackers, both Hillary and the right wing, with the mother of all speeches. Prior to this "pastor" eruption, I was sure it would happen today on the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. However, recent events created this urgent need for Obama to respond to his attackers, and his response probably surprised them.

Obama is a world class orator who is able to engage us and get us to listen. He has brought the political discussion in this country to a new level for those of us who choose to recognize this. It is now our responsibility to say no to the noise and demand this kind of engagement.

Obama gave an Iraq speech today in Fayetteville, NC. He is clearly on the offensive. I encourage everyone to read the speech on his website. So far I have not seen a video available but there will probably be one on his website fairly soon.

Obama is the real deal. You are spot on, X4mr, I hope that we do not screw this up.

3/19/2008 1:57 PM  

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