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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Yes We Can

Why do I hope that Obama will be the Democrat nominee for President?

Just listen the his speech on Super Tuesday. It covers the basic themes of his campaign, and although it is not quite as "spine tingling" as his Iowa speech, it soars; listening to it you can understand how Obama inspires many people, even Conservatives.

The Republican nomination has been sown up. McCain will be the Republican nominee. Compare this plodding effort delivered on the same night, to Obama's oratory.

Obama will make minced meat of that old goat come November.

The Republicans will unleash their attack dogs as they did with Kerry in 2004, but we saw that tactic fail here in the Australian election in 2007. The government attacks on Rudd did not succeed because people liked Rudd. People became offended by Howard's vitriol and gave even more support to Rudd. Rudd, though likable compared to his opponents, is still a fairly dull technocrat compared to the inspirational Obama. Any attempt to "swift boat" Obama I expect is likely to backfire on the Republicans.

As another example of the degree to which Obama inspires people look at the video below. It is claimed that this was produced without the assistance or knowledge of the Obama campaign.

Here are the lyrics

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics...they will only grow louder and more dissonant ........... We've been asked to pause for a reality check. 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.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; 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.

Go Barack!

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