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This is one of America's few remaining chances to live up to the creed it espouses and the principles it holds dear. If it fails to take this chance it will be extremely disappointing. Disappointing before the world and before those who still believe that America can live up to its doctrine and ideology despite past, current and almost certain future failings. Disappointing to those who have invested themselves for the first time, or have reinvested themselves in the process of democracy.

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The American electorate has a clear choice here of a politics that on one hand seeks to  exploit popular opinion and sentiments, motivate by fear and prejudices, and one on the other that seeks to inspire, challenge, uplift and most importantly to lead. If you could take the essence of Barack Obama, his principles, uplifting tone and inspiration and supplant it in one of the other candidates, and simultaneously supplant their essence in him, I would vote for the candidate with Obama's essence. Whether that candidate is a man, woman, black, white, Asian, Latino, gay or straight. Whether it was Hillary Clinton or bat crap crazy John McCain. That is the question for every American: Can you say that about your candidate? That you would vote for them if their essence could be inspired into anyone else?

That is America's choice and she will show her true essence in making that choice. For those who are so invested in their own particular goals, to see a woman elected, or simply to keep Republicans in power despite what their performance has been to date, or any other goal than simply what is best for the country, shame on you. And for those that are willing to use any tactic, whether lies, fear, prejudice, race, or appeals to any other loyalties, a great and especial shame on you.

This candidacy of Barack Obama's is one of America's greatest tests and in succeeding or failing will tell the world whether she is in deed a great democracy. Whether she can truly be a more perfect union.
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Originally posted to arevolutionofone on Tue Mar 18, 2008 at 06:52 PM PDT.

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  •  thank you for posting this (4+ / 0-)

    Barack Obama has passed his test with flying colors. The real test now is of us, the American people, and whether we can rise to join him or stay trapped in the same pettiness and divisions that keep us down.

    Hope is passion for what is possible. -- Soren Kierkegaard

    by lauramp on Tue Mar 18, 2008 at 07:37:57 PM PDT

  •  He needs to do more of these issue speeches. (1+ / 0-)
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    I think he should do one a week between now and November. He really showed how knowledgeable he is on these issues and went into deep dare I say uncharted territory that created a new level of understanding for the average voter.

    Every issue deserves this much attention.

    The next should be next Tuesday on the Economy. Then perhaps a major speech on the War. Than one on Healthcare.

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    by DeanDemocrat on Tue Mar 18, 2008 at 08:11:48 PM PDT

    •  He's one-upping you on that... (0+ / 0-)

      There's a speech tomorrow on Iraq, and one the next day about the economy.

      If I'm dreaming, don't pinch me.

      "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." --V

      by chriscarlson on Tue Mar 18, 2008 at 08:17:09 PM PDT

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