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This started as a response to billysumday's excellent diary, Why this 28 year old white guy doesn't get Ferraro, but it went far longer than a reply should. I should probably learn to not start writing things at 1:30am.

I've stolen my title here from the brilliant words of emacd and hope that does not cause offense. I guess the text of this is entirely below the fold.

"Hope is the rocket fuel for change" is the best I've heard it put anywhere.

The problem that I've been unable to put my finger on with this election is why the spin has been "Sure, Obama talks a good game, but he doesn't really stand for anything," when from the very beginning that was flatly untrue.

And I've come to realize that concepts like "hope" and "change" take on an entirely different shape when it's an African-American who can bring a grown man to tears with  his words.

And the diarist has it right on, as far as my opinion is concerned. As a 27-year-old white male who started this crazy election as an Edwards supporter, race and gender played absolutely no role in the decisionmaking process. I saw these three candidates and said, "Wow, I'd love to have any of these people in the Oval Office." And then I saw Obama speak live, and it was an incredible thing.

And while Obama speaks beautifully both of abstract change and concrete things to bring about change, Hillary's campaign has been trying to inject the old politics of cynicism back into the campaign.

I'm 27 years old. The first campaign I followed was Bill Clinton's 1992 election. I have not seen anything from politics but attempts to divide and conquer. I'm tired of the politics of cynicism. I'm tired of being divided. I've been waiting for a politician to speak like John Kennedy, or Martin Luther King.

At this time in our history, it's not a question of whether we need words or actions. We desparately need both. We need a President who will build us up with his words, one who will bring us together to fight for a common cause, and drive us forward into action. Inspiration is not a static impulse. Inspiration drives us forward to make our world just a little bit better every day. No one ever improved anything by tearing good men and women down. Nothing good ever came from dividing us.

The American people I know are not easily defined into neat little groups.  We must remember that the opposition is not necessarily the enemy. Almost all of us share that same goal of giving our children more than we had. We need a President who will speak to that most noble part of the American spirit, that voice that says "Today was good. Tomorrow will be better." And then we need to get to work to make it happen.

So let's get to work.

Originally posted to Geiiga on Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 12:07 AM PDT.

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  •  no offense taken! (1+ / 0-)
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    valadon

    I'm glad that you found the thought worth picking ot up and running with it!

    Go for it. Please.

    Ownership isn't important. Results are.

    "Attitude is everything."

    by emacd on Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 12:25:05 AM PDT

  •  Thanks to both of you (0+ / 0-)

    For the Rocket fuel.

    I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere ~ Thomas Jefferson

    by valadon on Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 01:45:49 AM PDT

  •  Not sure ... (0+ / 0-)

    I hope I win the big lottery.
    I've bit the bullet and put money in my IRA then 401K, always viewed my house as much of an investment as a home, adn drove a car that was far below the BMW I might truely love.
    Should I have just gone with the hope?

    Or I could have voted for W when he was running for a second temr and "hoped" he would turn it around.

    Not to rag on Obama because he is way better than Hillary for me personally. But I do not think his approach (new politics, compromise, negotiate, and so forth) works .... witness where he stands with Hillary today. I know of zero historical figures that have accomplished great change through negotiation and compromise nor why Obama would be unique in all of human history. I also see the missteps on the campaing trail and the little convenient political twists that do not live up to the reteoric.

    I can go with not perfect ... noone is. But I can also wonder why a person will remove a flag lapel pen on an offensive issue (Iraq war) but stay many years in the same church where the minister supposedly espouces views very contrary to Obama's core beliefs, views, and values? In fact, the story of the good Samaritan is the Christian message of Christ's view towards one of the most dispised people in his world .... how does that fit the message being broadcast today from that church in Chicago? It makes me wonder.

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