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I was sent this video today by a friend of mine. I had seen it before, and remember having been moved by it, but he never had. He said he saw it today on Youtube while he was just surfing, and it really struck him. Here's the video, which I'm sure a ton of you have already seen, but I just wanted to post it again.

The speech Obama gave in 2004 was at the DNC - got knows its been gone over again and again, and everyone on this site is familiar with it. We often take that speech to be a repudiation of the GOP - but its not. It wasn't an insult to the GOP, but to a certain type of politics.

Even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us.

It was true in 2004, when a cynical Bush campaign tried to chop up the country, with the complete cooperation of the media, into red and blue, to pump the electoral math to push Bush over Kerry.

And it's true today. This election. Right now. One candidate is trying to appeal to every state, work in every county, appeal to every vote. The other one is trying to focus on the states that 'count', the real ones, the important ones. Don't tell me that line doesn't apply to this election.

The spin masters. The negative ad peddlers. Who embrace the politics of anything goes.

Sounds like Rove. It is Rove.

Sounds like some other election also. Those who tell blatant lies about who contacted which embassy. Who claim experience where there is none. Who get on stage and yell "SHAME ON YOU" to an honorable campaign run by an honest man. This is spin. This is negativity. This is the campaign of anything goes.

Well I say to them tonight there is not a liberal America and conservative America, there is a United States of America.

There is not an important America, and an unimportant America.

There is not a black America, a white America, a Latino America, an Asian America. There is the United States of America.

And there is no racist America or sexist America. There is a United States of America. No matter our faults and our problems, we will not be pitted against each other - women against men, blacks against white, elites against hard-workers. We are being divided up by unimportant trivialities, and we can't let that happen.

I don't want to break down the whole video and the whole speech, but when I saw it again today, I saw it in a whole new mindset. My friend sent me the video and his email said "It's like his speech was written in advance to fight against Hillary!" How about that. A speech given at the DNC convention, in an effort to bring Democrats together against the politics of identity and negativity is now being seen as a repudiation of one of the leading Democratic figures in this country.

Obama isn't running only against Clinton and the GOP. He is running against the entire type of politics which splits us up into groups and says we are not the same. This is why so many of us are with him and want him to succeed. Because if he can't, I believe it says something profoundly sad about our country.

And I don't think we live in a sad country. I think we live in a hopeful one.

Originally posted to DamnYankees on Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 04:24 PM PST.

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  •  Tips for some melodrama (12+ / 0-)

    On a night I'm feeling down about this thing...

    •  You know, (0+ / 0-)

      if I had any ability in Photoshop at all, I know what I'd do. I'd take that picture of an obsequious McCain hugging his victorious patron, GWB, and I'd add HRC hugging McCain. If she's going to boost him over a fellow Democrat, I'd like there to be visual illustration of what she's doing.

      Unfortunately, I have no such skills. Anyone want to pass this idea along?

    •  I know how you feel. (2+ / 0-)
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      luckylizard, UnaSpenser

      I'm so damn angry today at the Clinton campaign.  Up until now, I thought that I would support her if she ended up as the nominee.  Today, I came to the conclusion that I just can't support her in any way.  

      As Obama (and my sig line) says:

      It's not just enough to change the players.  We've gotta change the game.

      As soon as I get over my anger (probably with the help of mood altering substances at this point), I'm going to get back on the phone & make calls for Obama.

      Another quote my sister sent me that seems relevant:

      "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."
                                       ~Gandhi

      "It's not just enough to change the players. We've gotta change the game." ~ Obama

      by madame defarge on Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 04:32:02 PM PST

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    •  Yeah (0+ / 0-)

      I've seen it before, but it's good to be visually and auditorily reminded after a couple gloomy days what we're doing this for:  to change the world.

  •  Love it (1+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard

    I really think one of the reasons he was doing so well in February is that there was so much coverage of his stump speeches. I feel like you have to be pretty damn cynical to not respond really well to them.

    My hope is that his Wyoming and Mississippi victory speeches will be some of his best.  It would give him the bump he needs.

    He does much better than Clinton at that level, and inspires so well.

    Clinton's best area is when her Mordor team is calling the press and lobbing lowballs at the other side, or holding press conferences and parading out generals with talking points taken directly from Penn.

    Of the two, I'll take inspiration any day.  Thank god there will be a few of those speeches between no and PA.  I hope he is already crafting the speech of a lifetime.

  •  Here is his 2002 speech posted earlier (0+ / 0-)

    on Kos...read his words carefully..they are brilliant and surely show me that he is brilliant and has a keen understanding of so called "foreign policy".

    October 2, 2002

    Good afternoon. Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest in history, and yet it was only through the crucible of the sword, the sacrifice of multitudes, that we could begin to perfect this union, and drive the scourge of slavery from our soil. I don't oppose all wars.

    My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain. I don't oppose all wars.

    After September 11th, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this administration's pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such tragedy from happening again. I don't oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism.

    What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.

    What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income - to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression. That's what I'm opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics. Now let me be clear - I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He's a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.

    But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history. I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of Al Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars.

    So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the President today. You want a fight, President Bush? Let's finish the fight with Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings. You want a fight, President Bush?

    Let's fight to make sure that the UN inspectors can do their work, and that we vigorously enforce a non-proliferation treaty, and that former enemies and current allies like Russia safeguard and ultimately eliminate their stores of nuclear material, and that nations like Pakistan and India never use the terrible weapons already in their possession, and that the arms merchants in our own country stop feeding the countless wars that rage across the globe. You want a fight, President Bush?

    Let's fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells. You want a fight, President Bush? Let's fight to wean ourselves off Middle East oil, through an energy policy that doesn't simply serve the interests of Exxon and Mobil. Those are the battles that we need to fight. Those are the battles that we willingly join. The battles against ignorance and intolerance. Corruption and greed. Poverty and despair.

    The consequences of war are dire, the sacrifices immeasurable. We may have occasion in our lifetime to once again rise up in defense of our freedom, and pay the wages of war. But we ought not -- we will not -- travel down that hellish path blindly. Nor should we allow those who would march off and pay the ultimate sacrifice, who would prove the full measure of devotion with their blood, to make such an awful sacrifice in vain.

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    When you realize the Hillary actually voted for the war in Iraq knowing that it was a war of aggression, she demonstrated that she is not fit to be Commander in Chief at all...ever...she did not have the good judgement to be able to discriminate between wars that are sometimes necessary and just and the war of aggression against a defenseless nation..

    Obama did and he knows we have to change our ways..

  •  I think it's best that Obama (1+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard

    remain a calm intellectual gentle man.  Leave the ranting, shrill empty accusations to Hillary. We are all tired of that type of campaigning. If Obama can have a spokesperson who has the evidence and presents the facts contradicting Hill's sleazy slurs on a show like Countdown - she shoots herself in the foot (feet?).  Obama CAN win this!

    "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - JFK

    by moose67 on Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 04:54:52 PM PST

    •  Obama HAS won it (0+ / 0-)

      essentially, however the question is will he be allowed to keep it?  More accurately, will we be allowed to keep it?  

      -7.62, -7.28 "We told the truth. We obeyed the law. We kept the peace." - Walter Mondale

      by luckylizard on Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 09:34:09 PM PST

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