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"The prisoners came unwound, standing up yelling. Then he sang an unexpected violent song, and they were on the tables, yelling at the top of their lungs. I didn't think it'd be a problem at first, but then the guards began backing up to their posts on the walkways, backing up against the walls in the cafeteria. I was picking me the closest door I could go through and seeing where the most guards were that I could use as a possible shield."
While the rest of Obama's speech yesterday was brilliant, I always have a little "huh?" moment when he says something like "for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible".
If his 'story' involves becoming President of the United States then yes, in no other country can you become President of the United States. That's an obvious tautology.
On the other hand if his 'story' involves a mixed-race child growing up to be an accomplished politician then I'm pretty sure that's happened in several other countries already.
Don't get me wrong. I'm an Obama supporter, his personal story and family are inspiring, and he's not the first politician to say something because it sounds nice, and I realize I'm being persnickety here. But his story doesn't seem like it ought to be unique to our country. Except that I can't think of any counterexamples, so maybe he's right.
You can tell that he has spent 20 years in a black church. He sounded like a preacher yesterday. His tone, timing, and delivery remind me of MLK. He was less bombastic perhaps, but no less powerful.
It is an obvious exaggeration to say "for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible." He's an accomplished orator, and they often exaggerate to underline a point. The point is that we have all been raised with this myth of America and its dream. A dream that in this country where the people are sovereign, we all are judged not on our heritage but our merits. He is tapping that deep seated myth ingrained into every person that went through the American public school system.
Black people effectively got the right to vote in 1965. Just 43 years later one of their own is making a real and effective bid for the highest political office in the land. That is an incredible story and I doubt that it is possible in any other country. 100 years prior in 1865 a Civil War came to an end that saw the freeing of those people from the bonds of slavery. Those people started with nothing, and rose up through decades of discrimination and violence.
Look at the ethnic cleansing going on in just the last 30 years around the world. Racial and ethnic minorities are brutally oppressed and exterminated as if they were no more than pests. We have had our share of ugly and bitter violence, but nothing on this scale. As a citizenry we are steeped in the idea that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While our execution has not been ideal, it is the core of what we believe as citizens and I believe that it guides us down a stronger path.
We are on the path to elect a black man to the executive political office in a country founded by white Europeans. Please tell me where else this has happened. Please tell me where this will happen anytime in the near future. When do you think the French will elect a Muslim to be the President of France? Perhaps, an Indian to be the Prime Minister in England?
We are not perfect. We have a history of brutal segregation, intolerance, and an inexcusable amount of violence against a racial minority stripped of their humanity.
We the people are on a course to elect one of them to the office of the President of the United States of America. That is a rare feat in human history. That makes me proud to be an American.
Lifted from Daniel Kurtzman's new book via Daily Kos.
Liberals believe in clean air, diplomacy, stem cells, living wages, body armor for our troops, government accountability, and that exercising the right to dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
Liberals believe in reading actual books, going to war as a last resort, separating church and hate, and doing what Jesus would actually do, instead of lobbying for upper-class tax cuts and fantasizing about the apocalypse.
Liberals believe in civil rights, the right to privacy, and that evolution and global warming aren’t just theories but incontrovertible scientific facts.
Liberals believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment that (1) prohibits another Bush from ever occupying the White House, and (2) prevents George W. Bush from ever becoming baseball commissioner before he does to our national pastime what he did for America.
Liberals believe in rescuing people from flooded streets and rooftops, even if they’re too poor to vote Republican.
Liberals believe that supporting our troops means treating our wounded vets like the heroes they are, and not leaving them to languish in rat-infested military hospitals under the outsourced management of incompetent cronies who think they’re running a Taco Bell franchise.
Liberals believe in pheromones, sex ed, solar panels, voting paper trails, the common good, and that, no matter how fascinating a story it may be, a president should never sit around in a state of total paralysis reading "My Pet Goat" while America is under attack.
And above all, liberals believe that it’s time to come together as a country and put a collective boot in the ass of shameless conservative fearmongers, hate merchants, and scapegoaters who are sucking the freedom out of all our souls.
Our spring Town Hall is rapidly approaching. Save the date:
March 1st, 2008
@ The Warehouse
Tailgating starts at noon. (Come early---help setup the meeting or just enjoy the pre-meeting festivities.)
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