Thursday, August 28, 2008

If that doesn't say it all...

I know everyone likes to keep it non political and when I stray no one reads, but eff it. I am totally into the Dem Convention and I am so excited.

****meant to blog this last night before the announcement, but after the McCain "Good for you" BS ad, I SO knew he was going to announce a women VP and of course he did. Too bad he couldn't get Kay Bailey Hutchison. It would've been a real race then. Gov. Sarah Palin is a former beauty queen from a sketchy state. Yawn. But glass ceilings be damned either way, I suppose****

****had to add this little thought from Al Gore: "One of the greatest gifts of our democracy is the opportunity it offers us every four years to change course. It’s not a guarantee; it’s only an opportunity. The question facing us is, simply put, will we seize this opportunity for change?"****

From an excerpt of the Barack Obama's speech, titled "The American Promise," released today by Obama's campaign:

“But the record’s clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush was right more than ninety percent of the time? I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to take a ten percent chance on change.”

Preach on.


see the rest of the speech preview here

I've been watching the Democratic Convention and so many spectacular things have been said. Hillary was spot on, glad to see Bill finally step up and stop acting like the stodgy old man he's been acting like lately, loved Michelle Obama's speech -- very full of hope right now.

I am scared for our country. Not because Obama might lead it but because he might not. Tonight's speech from Barack Obama will come on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and march on Washington. The comparisons are constantly there and rightly so. He has risen to accomplish one of the highest feats any citizen can and he is African American. Maybe one day that won't matter, but today it does. I find him to be an engaging, kind hearted man who stays above the fray and makes valid arguments rather that venomous mud slinging. My fear comes from the chaos that ensued when MLK was assassinated and Americans who had lost hope rioted the streets. My fear comes from morons who might want to assasinate this man due to his race. My fear comes from citizens who are so filled with hope right now who may feel that hope is lost if McCain emerges victoriously and riot. I hope that no matter what happens that the citizens will react in a way that respects fellow man just as Obama and MLK would want. Scary stuff to think about.

I loved his memoir Dreams of my Father which was written by Obama right after being elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. Maybe he knew where his life would someday take it, but I didn't feel like he was a politician trying to paint the right image. He spoke of race in a unique way that only a man with a caucasian mother and a Kenyan father could. Somehow his own experience and the way he tells it makes me think he is in the unique position to be the one capable of beginning to build a meaningful bridge to the racial divide that still exists. He also didn't try to pretend he smoked but didn't inhale -- he inhaled. So take that! But seriously, it is a lovely memoir of someone who was trying so hard to figure out his identity through his life and journeys in Hawaii, Indonesia, Chicago and Kenya. It reminded me of the writings of one of my favorite black writers Chinua Achebe, rightly so since he is acknowledged directly in the novel. I would be honored and proud if this man represented our country as the president.


Kasi said...

ditto!! okay, so i have more comments, but i am typing one handed while nursing, so i'm keepin it short

Rita said...

Jim and I thought we were the only ones watching...should have known better.

Jennifer said...

Great post!!! :)

Janet said...

AMEN to all of it!!! Hey, can I use your homeboy blinkie in my blog, too??? I love it!!

Amy said...

so beautifully written!