Yesterday this long-term Clinton supporter wrote a call to action, calling for Hillary Clinton to throw her support behind Barack Obama's bid for the presidency. Here's the words spoken by Barack Obama in his speech Tuesday night following the North Carolina and Indiana primaries which helped sway me to make that call to action now -- words that tell me that Barack Obama understands my concerns, your concerns -- our concerns -- and is ready to lead this nation.
Somewhere along the line, between all the bickering and the influence-peddling and the game-playing of the last few decades, Washington and Wall Street have lost touch with these core values, these American values.
And while I honor John McCain's service to his country, his ideas for America are out of touch with these core values. His plans for the future, of continuing a war that has not made us safer, of continuing George Bush's economic policies that he claims have made great progress, these are nothing more than the failed policies of the past.
His plan to win in November appears to come from the very same play book that his side has used time after time in election after election.
Yes, we know what's coming. I'm not naive. We've already seen it, the same names and labels they always pin on everyone who doesn't agree with all their ideas, the same efforts to distract us from the issues that affect our lives, by pouncing on every gaffe and association and fake controversy, in the hopes that the media will play along.
The attempts to play on our fears and exploit our differences, to turn us against each other for political gain, to slice and dice this country into red states and blue states, blue collar and white collar, white, black, brown, young, old, rich, poor ... this is the race we expect, no matter whether it's myself or Senator Clinton who is the nominee. The question then is not what kind of campaign they will run; it's what kind of campaign we will run.
It's what we will do to make this year different. You see, I didn't get into this race thinking that I could avoid this kind of politics, but I am running for president because this is the time to end it.
We will end it -- we will end it this time not because I'm perfect. I think we know at this phase of the campaign that I am not.
We will end it not by duplicating the same tactics and the same strategies as the other side, because that will lead us down the same path of polarization and of gridlock.
We will end it by telling the truth.
We will end it by telling the truth forcefully, repeatedly, confidently, and by trusting that the American people will embrace the need for change, even if it's coming from an imperfect messenger, because that's how we've -- that's -- because that's how we've always changed this country, not from the top down, but from the bottom up, when you, the American people, decide that the stakes are too high and the challenges are too great.
That signals to me that the truth is out there, and the bad news is known. Show me otherwise and I'll get behind the Nader/Gonzales ticket faster than you can say "We will end it by telling the truth forcefully, repeatedly, confidently..."
If Obama attempts a bamboozle and reveals himself to be anything but the fully-vetted truth-teller he claims to be he will lose the election for the Democrats, and likely deal a huge blow to race relations in America as a result of the bitter fight that follows.I trust he's smarter than that.
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