Last night was the speech that I have been waiting for Barack Obama to make since he entered the race. As a supporter of John Edwards I often took Obama to task for clinging to the middle ground, for being too wishy-washy to stand up to the Republicans. It wasn't that I didn't believe in change or in the middle ground, it was that I wasn't sure he would stand up for the true middle, but would instead allow himself to be pulled to the right. Last night ended those worries.
I have never thought that I would vote for John McCain in this election. Never. I won't vote for a Republican any time soon, perhaps ever again, thanks for George W. Bush, Karl Rove, Jack Abramhoff, Dick Cheney, Grover Norquist, James Dobson, and John McCain. However, I was not fired up and in that way I was probably like many of the Clinton delegates. In fact, almost all my passion for politics evaporated with the exit of John Edwards. I tried to get excited again, but my heart was just not in it. Even earlier this week I was dispassionate about the process. But, Democrats this week finally ignited my passion again and I have to believe that it converted all those supposed PUMAs once more into Democrats.
First, Bill Clinton said what Democrats believe more eloquently than any of us have been able.
People around the world are more impressed by the power of our example rather than the example of our power.
Last 30 seconds of clip.
Senator Clinton put to rest where she stood in this election, even if the 24 hour news cycle wished she hadn't.
John Kerry made clear that we learned the lessons of 2004, of Swiftboating, of Rove and McCain tactics. As one blogger put it, John Kerry's speech could be titled "John Kerry tears apart John McCain, from one flip-flopper to another."
Al Gore. We all know the story, but to see him speaking made us all realize just what we lost by not fighting. We didn't fight. I didn't fight, maybe you did! I didn't. I'm as responsible as anyone for what has happened over the last 8 years - not again.
It's not a guarantee, it's only, an opportunity. The question facing us is, simply put, will we seize this opportunity for a change.
Then, we had Barack Obama. Sigh. Honestly, my passion for this election started creeping up after I watched this video, which stirred passion in me now that I did not feel when it was first released.
Yes, we can. But, as Al says it is not a guarantee, it is only an opportunity. An opportunity for change. Would Barack Obama be up to the task? Would he be willing to rise up in his rhetoric and to stoop down to fight in the trenches?
I don't think that Senator McCain doesn't care what's going on in the lives of Americans, I just think he doesn't know.
Yes, we can. And, we must. And, we will.
But, only if we work, and work, and work, and work, and work. The time is now, you must sign up, you must get active. You MUST, unless you want more of the same.
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