Monday, February 04, 2008

Why Obama?

Because I want to move towards an end to absolutism and polarization.

“The traces of our long journey to this juncture can be found all around us. Its most obvious manifestation is political rhetoric. …Bill O’Reilly’s nightly screeds against anti-Americans on one channel, Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Person in the World” on the other; MoveOn.org’s “General Betray Us” on the one side, Ann Coulter’s Treason on the other; Michael Moore’s accusation of treason at the core of the Iraq War, Sean Hannity’s assertion of treason in the opposition to it.” ~ Andrew Sullivan

It’s a miserable country we live in. Too much extreme. If we are going to survive we need to end this divisiveness and mean-spiritedness. We need someone who will draw people to himself and not shove them away because of his rhetoric. I believe Obama will do everything in his power to change this dynamic.

Because I believe what he believes in regards to faith….

“One Sunday, I put on one of the few clean jackets I had, and went over to Trinity United Church of Christ on 95th Street on the South Side of Chicago. And I heard Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright deliver a sermon called “The Audacity of Hope.” And during the course of that sermon, he introduced me to someone named Jesus Christ. I learned that my sins could be redeemed. I learned that those things I was too weak to accomplish myself, he would accomplish with me if I placed my trust in him. And in time, I came to see faith as more than just a comfort to the weary or a hedge against death, but rather as an active, palpable agent in the world and in my own life.

It was because of these newfound understandings that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity one day and affirm my Christian faith. It came about as a choice and not an epiphany. I didn’t fall out in church, as folks sometimes do. The questions I had didn’t magically disappear. The skeptical bent of my mind didn’t suddenly vanish. But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side, I felt I heard God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to his will, and dedicated myself to discovering his truth and carrying out his works.” ~ Barack Obama

I think he completely changes the way the world views us for the better if he is president…

“I think Obama’s face, background, and identity, as representing America, reintroduces the country in a way—re-brands it in a way, that no other candidate’s could.” ~ Andrew Sullivan

We need radical change in the way we are perceived in this world. Right now we are not perceived appropriately. We are perceived as aggressors and imperialists.

I believe he offers real change…

There has been a Bush or a Clinton in the White House for the last 20 years – the two families have had a strangle hold on the country and the Presidency – do we really want to continue this for another 8 years? No more of the same.

It’s time for hope and change…

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