February 17, 2008

The Hopes and Fears of All the Years

There are those moments in history when events converge that make the future enlightening, if we’re fortunate, or foreboding, if we’re not. We hope that the outcome, after the ebb and flow, is a continuation of a humanitarian path started millennia ago.

In regards to this country, the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, the enacting of the Marshall Plan, the election of JFK, and the civil rights movement are events that moved us forward, and enriched the human spirit.

For many, the election of Barack Obama as this country’s President will belong on this list.

While his rhetorical skills are matched by few, make no mistake of his tenacity and ability to defend this country against our enemies. Don’t confuse his calm demeanor for weakness. Those who think that do so at the risk of sounding naïve and manipulated. Our most effective leaders were reasoned and disciplined, and their public discourse rarely used a divisive word or phrase to drive home a point. He has the fortitude to stand up to opposition and to fight for his beliefs.

The world needs inspiration and hope more than it needs complex analysis of the issues. The path that has narrowed and darkened does not need someone who will only fill the potholes, but someone who will broaden and clear it to allow all to travel, uninhibited by lesser expectations.

Obama has captured the imagination and idealism of our noblest endeavors. He inspires us to move beyond our dreams and make them real.

Let us not forget the words of Barbara Jordan.

“A spirit of harmony will survive in America only if each of us remembers…when bitterness and self-interest seem to prevail, that we share a common destiny.”

Are we, as a country, brave enough to take that step?

Posted by Captain Kroc at February 17, 2008 04:19 PM

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Absolutely right and absolutely wrong. However, it is beautifully written. While I disagree with the premise (hope is all well and good but action is what the world needs), I look forward to being reunited after the primary.

Until then you need to lock your gas tank.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 18, 2008 10:32 AM

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