This is the hardest decision I've ever had to make in who to endorse for President in a Dem presidential primary race.
In past elections, I've always had a clear decision. Someone's always stood out to me as the person who best represents my interest, my opinions, my values. I don't always end up endorsing the eventual nominee, that's never mattered to me. I still think I was right and that Howard Dean would have done what Kerry did not..galvanized a movement not just a campaign...
I don't believe a president can be elected in today's world without a movement. Without the ability to inspire the passions of the people, you have a campaign not a movement. In the 2004 general the passions of the people were not for Kerry, they were against Bush. It wasn't enough. Americans are tired of the same old battles. The same old circular arguments.
We are ready for change. A change in the tone of the dialogue. New inspired ideas, from young dynamic people raised with the values of the 60's and 70's, but not tied to the crap the boomers pulled in the 80's and 90's and 00's. That is another post I will write soon.
My generation is the generation that actually doesn't think it's weird that people of different races or same sexes date, get married and have children.
We remember our parents campaigning for Shirley Chisholm.
We were raised in our formative years in multiracial classrooms and remember the days when the dial on the phone turned in two directions with each number and some people still had black and white televisions.
We were the first Sesame Street children and we discovered the talents of Morgan Freeman long before our parents when he delighted us on The Electric Company.
We knew every word of the entire book Free To Be You and Me and could sing every song because we wore out our record on our Barbie box record player.
We watched Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, and yes we even learned that homosexuality was normal on Soap from under the table in the dining room.
We are the generation that remembers the songs of our childhood that supposedly shaped the hippie generation, yet we weren't high at the time and so we actually heard the messages of peace, love, equality, and tolerance as our lullabies.
Our classroms were the first taught about Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We were raised in the marches and peaceful protests for equality and against the war.
Then we got Atari and the world changed.
I was born in the summer of love 1967. That makes me 40. In my 40 years, I've seen the technolgy age blossom and my generation is also the first to learn and develop the technology to what it is today. Many of my high school classmates have worked in silicon valley for decades. Last time I was in San Fran, there was a Packer's bar there filled with people I went to high school with...
We watched The Jetsons and Star Trek and then made them real.
We now have stood by for years and watched the Boomers destroy every dream they instilled in us.
I want a woman to be President of the United States. I actually think Hillary would be a good president. My youngest daughter has begged me to support her because "If she wins, then I could be President someday."
Today though, I made a decision. It is not one I've come to without an enormous amount of thought. In fact, I have agonized over this. My rational side says just go with Hillary, follow the tide.
I have had this other voice that likes Richardson, wishes Kucinich wasn't so weird, Edwards wasn't so polished, and thinks Dodd is not a bad guy.
But the one I can't stop pulling for, the candidate who captured my tears on the floor of the DNC convention in 2004 and who is speaking like Bobby Kennedy. The candidate who's speech in Iowa yesterday sounded so much to me like the last post I made last week on this blog. The candidate who INSPIRES my hopes and dreams for America, the candidate I relate to so much because he's so much like me in age, mixed race background, and VISION for America.
That candidate is Barack Obama. Go to his website and watch the entire speech yesterday that takes its title from a Dr King quote:
"The Fierce Urgency of Now"
This is a person I can dream about being president one day. A person who gets it. A person even my ultraconservative family members tell me they want to support because "He's the only one who could bring us all together."
I support Barack Obama for President in the Democratic primaries. I urge you to do the same. Should he lose, the winner will also be acceptable. But I can only go into history knowing that I supported the candidate my heart told me to support.
I'll tell my daughter that she can be the first black woman president.