stream of political consciousness

Tomorrow is the 2008 Presidential election.
I find myself feeling very emotional…in a good way.
I have not been inspired by a politician in my lifetime anywhere NEAR what Obama does to me. He gives me hope.
His story is the American Dream. He speaks with the passion of MLK. He takes compliments with humility and seems to make tremendous efforts to demonstrate the values he speaks of. Hell, he even kisses his wife in a way I’ve never seen from a politic in before.
I love this guy.
“The lesser of two evils” has defined presidential elections for as long as I remember. Sure, I went to a Dukakis rally. And I had moments of deep admiration for Clinton… But I never had the feeling of “I would be PROUD to have this man represent me.”
And that is how I feel today.
It makes me think of my grandpa. I wish he could see America right now. I hope he can. I look around and see millions of people starting to believe in a country that my Grandpa has held onto for decades.
Tragically, Obama’s grandmother died this morning. I saw many blog and twitter posts saying, “That is so sad!”
But it only adds to the poetry. Here is a man with the hope of a nation on his shoulders…and now he has the spirit of his elders to help guide his way.
Is he human? Barely…but yes. Will he make mistakes and painful compromises within the existing political system? Almost certainly. In fact, I try to remind myself to be braced for the inevitable let-down.
But he inspires. And he comforts. And he is clearly brilliant.
Nobody can know what tomorrow brings.
And nobody can know what the best path will be.
But I trust Obama to choose the best path for America that he possibly can. And that is a feeling I haven’t felt in politics for a long long time. Maybe ever.
But while the country’s optimism soars, PLEASE do not get over confident.
Please take the time and get to the polls.
Make your vote count.
Tomorrow is a magical day. How will you look back on it?
Be one of the people who allowed the next phase of America to happen.

  1. #1 written by Kat November 3rd, 2008 at 19:35

    Beautifully said. HOnestly I have not ever been this charged to get out there and vote. It boils back to me seeing elections as “chooose the one that will fuck us up the least”. Yeah, most politicians inspire this form of pessimism.

    I am ready for the let down.

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  2. #2 written by @gcrush November 3rd, 2008 at 22:31

    it is a magical time, one to be present and aware of, for now as long as we live, we can all look back at how much HOPE can really accomplish, and that it can never be conquered!

    we are looking forward to VOTING tomorrow!!!

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  3. #3 written by Kelly Fay November 4th, 2008 at 18:25

    Beautifully said. It’s an exciting time, I feel truly honored to be a part of it this year, supporting through many, many discussions, financial donations (a first), sporting a car magnet, actually learning about the system so that I can make a wise choice. and with massive amounts of hope. The world is going to be a truly affected place come Wed. morning. I’m praying to hear “President Obama” truthfully said. Bless him, his hopes, his family and all of us.

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  4. #4 written by Larrcam November 5th, 2008 at 19:54

    Gramps is grinning broadly, John!
    I feel like I’m waking from my 8 year coma, lol.

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  5. #5 written by raven November 5th, 2008 at 20:16

    i voted Obama .. and am proud of it.

    it was magical ~ his speech … the action of a nation coming together to finally choose for change. for the first time in a long time i am proud of our country. i hope we can all stand together and work for the resolution of our biggest problems and move forward into the future with a renewed sense of accomplishment, integrity, honesty and optimism.

    i am giddy with excitement!

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  6. #6 written by oh2panama November 7th, 2008 at 14:41

    I feel exactly the same way! i HAVE never CARED before because I mever felt optimistic. He is the most intelligent guy we have had at the helm in a very long time
    I am so glad so many feel the same. maybe the coiuntry will alright afterall.

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  7. #7 written by oh2panama November 7th, 2008 at 14:43

    oops lots of misspelled words there (sounding a bit unintellignet myself)
    *promises to proof read next time*
    ((HUG)) to all

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