Thank you. You have brought a sense of hope to this country, nay – to this world. It seems so long since we felt hope.
On September 11, 2001, the rooster crowed. A new age was upon us but the world was slow to awaken. Stumbling in the early morning darkness we knocked over two countries, alienated our friends, and disrupted world commerce. The people of the United States have finally wiped the sleep from their eyes and the Dawn of the 21st Century is breaking.
We can see clearly in the misty early morning light – the ways of war have changed. Great powers that might topple our government by force have diminished. Surgical strikes by small bands of terrorists serve well to disrupt our interdependent life flow.
We can see the ways of free markets bear fruit only when the playing field is truly free. Tariffs enacted in the past by partisans to protect corporate friends served to drive prices up. A lack of tariffs, labeled as free trade, serve to give the advantage to countries who have not processed and incorporated the ideals of worker and environmental rights.
We can see the effects of technology. The interconnectedness of the internet has served to subvert corporate controlled media and machine controlled politics. The local newspaper in this our home town is decidedly Republican – it would be unfair to conservatives to simply lump all things Republican with all things conservative. Conservative is a value system, Republican is a Party with self serving interests. But the local newspaper no longer holds sway over the local populace. The access to other news sources is as close as a keyboard.
We recognize today that we humans share a planet with all other living creatures, botanical, zoological, or marine. The fate and destiny of the human species is connected to the fate and destiny of the ‘least of these.’ “Whatever you do to the least of these you do to me.”
We are watching the demise of old time politics. Old fashioned Party politics is breaking down with a better educated and better connected general populace. If Party politics ruled in 2008 then others would be the nominees. But this year, as the voters awaken to the new realities of life in the 21st Century, the old fashioned Party politics is taking a back seat to a determined populace, walking with a worthy leader.
We see the voices of extremists being relegated to a back seat. These voices have shouted into the darkness, but have been brushed aside as a nuisance. The common sense of the people of this great nation is standing up to lunacy – lunacy that once had an influential voice. You have given us hope, Senator Obama.
We see a reflection of a new sort of candidate. We see a man who seems to have balanced empathy with intellectual curiosity. We see a man who has audacity – the audacity of Hope. We see a man who is patient, but determined. We see the fruit of 200 years of America – all that is good about America.
Modern America began as a step child of Europe. Cast into the frontier of hardship, surrounded by the bounty awarded to hard work, determination, resilience, and education.
We see those traits in your character Senator Obama. Senator Obama, we see you charge up San Juan hill, shouting to your fellow Americans, follow me – for victory is at hand. Your courage inspires us – inspires the world. The hill is daunting, and we cannot go without you – but you seem to have the humility of realizing that you cannot go without us.
We will go with you, we will charge the hill. Your courage radiates into the masses. Fear not – for we shall be with you. Together, the world will be a better place for our children.
We are at the Dawn of something very different than has been witnessed in the history of man. This is an exciting time to be alive. With great respect we thank you, Senator Obama.
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