"A More Perfect Union"
I was late getting in to work this morning because of family stuff. While waiting to leave, I watched Obama's speech today and am profoundly moved.
It was the most important American speech since the I Have a Dream Speech. You must find it and watch it all.
I thought all was lost after the race war that Hillary started and Dr. Wright inflamed. I couldn't imagine what he could say today that would salvage his candidacy. He could and I think he did.
My 76 year old African American father who lived through the Depression, a World War, fought for our country and was a war hero in Korea, came home and was marginalized again, marched for civil rights, married a white woman in 1966, raised four mixed children and taught us to respect ourselves, our neighbors and our world... was crying. Crying.
I sat through it in pure awe.
I am so stunned by this man. He and I have so much in common. Our shared American experience is really something I can't even begin to explain in one post.
I too have a white liberal mother and had a white Rush Limbaugh conservative grandmother.
I too have been raised in, navigated through and succeeded in a world that swung between radical angry African Americans and conservative angry white Americans, peaceful white hippies and civil rights heroes, conservatives and liberals, desperately poor and unbelieveably wealthy blacks and whites.
I too see the divisions on a higher level as distractions by those in power to avoid dealing with the real problems we all face. It's really something that I could have never crystallized. I could have never so eloquently stated and yet, something I know deep down.
I no longer care if he wins the presidency or not. His message is too powerful amybe even for our generation. He speaks to all of us in a way I've never seen in my lifetime and that speech he gave today alone is worth every minute he has spent on the campaign trail. It's worth whatever happens from here on out. He has done something profoundly important today. I don't expect America to rise to the challenge, but then again, I was wrong about Iowa...
He made me, you, the media, the power brokers, African Americans, Latinos, whites, the world stop for one moment and deal with something we don't want to deal with, I fear we are not . Something that hangs over our country like a veil of shame. He made us for a few moments stop and look in the mirror at who we are in our souls.
I don't expect the media to treat this well. He shamed them. They are reeling at first glance trying to find their footing. Trying to salvage their decency and self respect as Americans. They don't take too kindly to having to face their own idiocy. I feel like I need to watch it again to dissect it properly and will do so in the next few days.
The question now is... how will we as Americans react to this gauntlet being thrown down...
Here is the speech. I can't find the entire speech on video yet, but I'm sure it will appear soon and I'll add it to this post when it does.
Can America rise to the challenge?