The Beauty of Barack Obama's Speech

The political pundits, press, pols and critics who claim that Barack Obama's speech was great because he made all the right points, gave policy specifics and came out swinging at John McCain while at the same time praising his service to our country, have completely missed on their analysis. They paid too much attention to the words and not enough attention to the promise these words hold for America.

The beauty of Barack Obama's speech is found not only in the promises made, but the promise kept. All along Barack Obama has promised a new kind of politics. He has promised the politics of Hope. On Thursday, August 28, 2008, Barack Obama delivered on that promise.

That’s the promise of America - the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper.

That’s the promise we need to keep.

Yes, that promise of a new kind of politics was delivered in the form of words, but I saw those words translated in the eyes of the men and women who heard them. I saw that promise delivered as tears of joy streamed down the faces of young and old, black and white, male and female, gay and straight - faces that came to Denver from every corner of this country.

I felt that promise as I watched some reach for the heaven's opening themselves up, reaching for joy and hope and goodness - those feelings and qualities we find when we take care of one another.

Eight is enough

I'm intrigued by large families. In having raised only two kids, I know I've missed something. My parents raised three children. My brother and his wife, four. Sarah Palin, five. Leslie Fields, six.

For the Befuddled

Given the rise of the Childfree and One Child Only movements and my nearly weekly public encounters, I feel moved to post a reply—a moral, biblical, and political defense of the larger family, or at least some insights for those who are genuinely befuddled or even fearful. I can do this because I understand the concern and befuddlement. It took ten years of marriage before I ventured nervously into motherhood. Before that, high on education and world travel, I scanned the sidewalks and the public horizon searching for news and interest, visually bleeping over mothers with baby backpacks pushing strollers. Either I did not see mothers with children at all, or, if I did, I would count the children out of curiosity; as the numbers climbed, my estimation of the mothers usually sank. I had an impressive list of prejudices and stereotypes, many of which I now see on the Childfree websites.

Sustainable Development Part Five: Greenbridge

Very often here at BlueNC, we focus on the things that people are doing wrong. Which is cool, because being progressive means that we eschew complacency and believe in taking active measures to "fix" the things that need fixing. But we also need to recognize progress when it happens, as it demonstrates that our "hope for the future" is neither naive nor in vain.

I'm fired up, you're fired up, now how about winning?

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.

McCrory: (small) change agent

I've just about given up on the practice of pointing out hypocrisy. It lies too much (pun intended) at the heart and soul of modern politics. Still, when a guy talks about wanting the change the culture out of one side of his mouth, while grippin' and grinnin' to suck in special interest money on the other side, well, it's hard to ignore. This from a Perdue campaign email:

“Pat McCrory says he wants to change the political culture, but he’s bringing George Bush’s special interests and failed policies to North Carolina. And he’s doing it with open arms,” said Perdue spokesman Tim Crowley. And here’s what McCrory and his hometown paper have said:

Despite the questionable fundraising tactics employed by the RGA NC 2008 PAC, Pat McCrory “is welcoming the association's help.” [Charlotte Observer, 7/24/08]

“This concept where the Observer keeps doing headlines, ‘McCrory takes PAC money’ as though it’s something illegal, I accept PAC funds, because it’s not only legal, I think it’s a good thing.” [WDYT 1220 AM (Charlotte), McCrory interview, 8/5/08]


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