I’m inspired

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday, when 24 states will vote in presidential primaries and caucuses. A couple of weeks ago I honestly had no idea what Super Tuesday was. I’ve been pretty apathetic about anything and everything political over the past several years. However, I spent the past few days reading up on the election and the candidates (thank you, BlogHer!) and, I may sound like a dreamer, but now I feel hopeful. Tomorrow I just might participate in my first caucus.

America needs a change. America needs hope. America needs a leader who will inspire them. I feel like Barack Obama just might be the person for the job, and I admit, I’m inspired.

The cause of my inspiration:

Yes We Can.

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14 thoughts on “I’m inspired

  1. Me too!! I’ve been thinking about a blog entry on this very topic, candidate included :) (I think about way more than I ever type up…)

    We’ve been to every caucus in the last 8 years (sigh. Not by choice but because of the nature of politics and hubby’s job) and I’m going to be interested to see how many more people show up this year, and who they vote for.

    If you do go, read up on Polis and Fitzgerald as well, if they’re in your area as we’ll be asked to vote for one of them too!

  2. I have never been so excited about an election even though I’ve always been interested in politics. I’m so excited for change and I believe Obama is the only candidate who will be able to bring our country together. He has my vote tomorrow! Go Obama.

  3. i am caucusing for obama tomorrow too! he was in boise on saturday and drew a crowd of 15,00 people when only 4-5,000 were expected.

    i love that you tube clip… i may have to post it at my blog :D

    yes we can!!

  4. You are inspired by rhetoric without substance. Obama is probably the greatest political speaker I have ever heard, but part of what makes him so amazing is that he is able to tap into common values (freedom, equality, etc) without muddying the waters with actual proposals. Ask yourself what accomplishments Obama has to speak of. He was elected from the IL legislature to the Senate based on his awesome public speaking ability. But, other than his opposition to the war and his promise to provide free healthcare–and what Democrat doesn’t promise that–can you list any legislative accomplishments that warrant being elected President? Do you even know what he actually wants to do as President? Oh, that’s right. He wants to unite us all in a common vision and cause America to rise up an fulfill its creed–All men are created equal…. Why didn’t anyone else think of that before him?

  5. Bruce,
    In a time when we have cause to cringe every time our President takes the national (or international) stage, there is much to be said for an eloquent and educated leader.

    In a time when so many are disenchanted with politics as usual in America and when most politicians in Washington are bought and paid for with special interest money, there is much to be said for someone who is relatively new to the political arena.

    And yes, the Founding Fathers had a vision for this country that included freedom, equality, and hope for a better life. We’ve lost sight of that in this country since 9/11 and I, for one, am willing to vote for hope and unity than accept another four years of business as usual.

  6. While I admit I can’t rattle off his resume I have to agree with Julie. There is value in being well spoken. I’m not so naive as to think that he’ll be the one making all of the decisions and when he does have a point to make, he’ll need to convince people with that criticized skill.

    I think he is a dramatic change from our existing president which will help us as a nation in dealing with the other countries we’ve ostracized. Incidentally, did the current president have an impressive resume? (seriously, I was already opposed to him as a republican so I don’t know)

  7. I certainly would not want four more years of business as usual. But, I am not sure Obama really offers true improvement..

    Julie mentioned our Founding Fathers as having a great vision for America. But, let’s remember that vision barred the federal government from collecting an income tax; James Madison, the father of the Constitution, called the idea of progressive taxation a “wicked project” in Federalist 10.

    George Washington advised in his farewell address, “The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.” In other words, we should trade with all and form political pacts with none. Our current system has Republicans wanting trade with China, but not Cuba, and Democrats only wanting trade that with countries that won’t compete with our union jobs.

    Yes, our Founding Father had it right. But, I don’t see Obama’s rhetoric even addressing these real issues. And I don’t see the business as usual getting better from the right or left. I’m still a Ron Paul supporter, even though he never had a chance; he doesn’t have the rhetorical skills of Obama, but he had real policy ideas, and they were in line with the Founding Fathers. Unfortunately, ideas always take a bake seat to persona in the public’s decisions.

  8. The great thing about America is we all have a right to our opinions. I agree with Amy and Julie. I am truly inspired by Obama and I will vote for him. But that is also why we all have to go out and vote. There is no sense in having an opinion if you don’t do something about it!

  9. I think this video proves that serious change will come with Obama’s election. Aren’t we ready to combat the cynicism in this country, and move the needle ahead a little bit?

  10. Oooh, a debate in the comments section! Kind of fun!

    I happen to love Hillary, but I do like Obama as well and would be ecstatic to have either one of them in office. My favorite part about Obama is that people seem to really come alive with him!

  11. I don’t know if anyone understood my allusion in the first post. When I mentioned Obama wants to “cause America to rise up and fulfill its creed–All men are created equal,” I was only indirectly referring to the Founding Fathers. I was alluding to the “I have a Dream” speech of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King said:

    “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’”

    I chose that allusion because in the inspirational video, Obama praises, “a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.” Obama was making an allusion to the last sermon King gave, the day before King was killed. In that sermon, he said:

    “And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers? Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.”

    King’s comment was an allusion to the biblical story of God taking Moses to a mountaintop and showing him the Promised Land just before Moses died.

    So, there are allusions layered upon allusions. What rhetorical fun.

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