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Yes. We. Can.

Over the last 7 years, the Republicans and President Bush have created the ultimate nanny state. Ask not what you can do for your country— ask what your country can do for you. There has been no aspiration from this administration to inspire the American people to become engaged in their country. The “Decider” will decide, and he needs no help from you or I.


The country is starving for the inspiration that it has been deprived of for so long. Many, including Hillary Clinton, underestimate the power of hope and inspiration. Almost 2 years ago I wrote here, “The events of September 11, 2001, put us under the umbrella of fear and the Neocons have worked hard to keep us in its shadows. Once we tire of being a prisoner to this fear, we will emerge into the light of hope.”

Just when we need it the most, the light of hope is shinning upon us. Today we have the chance to put the politics of fear behind us, and look to the hope of a more inspiring tomorrow. We have the chance to become engaged in the healing of our country, and the repair of our world. Can we? Yes. We. Can.

But, will we?

"We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope."
-Barack Obama


"We will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea -- Yes. We. Can"
-Barack Obama

Posted by JayJay Snow at February 2, 2008 10:35 PM
Comments
Comment #244515

Yes! We Can!
And here’s to hoping that we will, on Super Tuesday!
:D

Posted by: veritas vincit at February 3, 2008 12:42 AM
Comment #244522

I said a while back that Obama should watch all 7 seasons of the West Wing to learn something about the presidency and wanting to fix us and repair the world. Now, I am afraid that he has watched them, and thinks he is Bartlet. He should go to Cambridge Mass, and sing the lead on another version of Mr. Brightside, like this one from MIT Resonance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq-76t0287U

Some of the lyrics would have to be changed to be ready for prime time, but these are appropriate:

I’m coming out of my seat
And I’ve been doing just fine
Gotta gotta be down
Because I want it all
It started out with a miss
how could it end up like this
Bobby Rush was a miss
Jeri Ryan I should kiss

I just can’t look its thrilling me
And taking control
Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on Bush alibis
But it’s just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
‘Cause I’m Mr Brightside

Posted by: ohrealy at February 3, 2008 9:47 AM
Comment #244534

Some good commentary from George Lakoff over at Huffington Post.

Here is a crucial segment from it:

Obama understands the importance of values, connection, authenticity, trust, and identity.

But his vision is deeply progressive. He proposes to lead in a very different direction than Reagan. Crucially, he adds to that vision a streetwise pragmatism: his policies have to do more than look good on paper; they have to bring concrete material results to millions of struggling Americans in the lower and middle classes. They have to meet the criteria of a community organizer.

The Clintonian policy wonks don’t seem to understand any of this. They have trivialized Reagan’s political acumen as an illegitimate triumph of personality over policy. They confuse values with programs. They have underestimated authenticity and trust.

So do the pundits who pose the questions in the debates.

This nomination campaign is about much more than the candidates. It about a major split within the Democratic party. The candidates are reflecting that split. Here are three of the major “issues” dividing Democrats.

First, triangulation: moving to the right — adopting right-wing positions — to get more votes. Bill Clinton did it and Hillary believes in it. It is what she means by “bipartisanship.” Obama means the opposite by “bipartisanship.” To Obama, it is a recognition that central progressive moral principles are fundamental American principles. For him, bipartisanship means finding people who call themselves “conservatives” or “independents,” but who share those central American values with progressives. Obama thus doesn’t have to surrender or dilute his principles for the sake of “bipartisanship.”

The second is incrementalism: Hillary believes in getting lots of small carefully crafted policies through, one at a time, step by small step, real but almost unnoticed. Obama believes in bold moves and the building of a movement in which the bold moves are demanded by the people and celebrated when they happen. This is the reason why Hillary talks about “I,” I,” “I” (the crafter of the policy) and Obama talks about “you” and “we” (the people who demand it and who jointly carry it out).

The third is interest group politics: Hillary looks at politics through interests and interest groups, seeking policies that satisfy the interests of such groups. Obama’s thinking emphasizes empathy over interest groups. He also sees empathy as central to the very idea of America. The result is a positive politics grounded in empathy and caring that is also patriotic and uplifting.

For a great many Democrats, these are the real issues. These real differences between the candidates reflect real differences within the party. Whoever gets the nomination, these differences will remain.

Posted by: veritas vincit at February 3, 2008 1:15 PM
Comment #244544

A couple of items:

Clinton is push polling in California
Might want to tell them not to waste your time with their dishonest campaigning tactic.

Also,
California vote count may be delayed until after Super Tuesday

Posted by: veritas vincit at February 3, 2008 3:57 PM
Comment #244554

JayJay,

Welcome home! I’ve missed you!

At this point the choice is pretty damn easy. Do we really trust another Clinton? I don’t! While I find Obama a bit too willing to compromise with the right it appears that he is the only real CHOICE we have.

He’s certainly better than anyone on the right, but we must be honest ………….. can common sense overrule prejudice? With the far right still more than willing to discriminate against gays and lesbians I somehow doubt it.

Maybe Obama is just the person to bring about some real compromise and change. Sadly I don’t see the far right compromising on anything.

Posted by: KansasDem at February 3, 2008 6:55 PM
Comment #244583

Will.i.am:
Why I Recorded Yes We Can

Posted by: veritas vincit at February 4, 2008 11:23 AM
Comment #245371

Read this book about Hillary Clinton…>Hillary’s Scheme: Inside the Next Clinton’s Ruthless Agenda to Take the White House

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1400052955/ref=sib_dp_pt/103-5321269-9283833#reader-link

The Clintons are corrupted and their reputation is very bad for America. Hillary Clinton has no class. For the record; I am a woman and I am not an African American. Hillary’s campaign is disfunctional by that it is clearly show a pre-view of how she will run her government. She will run a disfunctional government …I must say foo-foo …
I am not an Obama Supporter but I am an American citizen.
By the way, John McCain will beat Hillary because he is war hero …no woman can exceed that.

Posted by: connie at February 14, 2008 11:02 PM
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