Friday, August 29, 2008
You had me at I accept.
So Obama did it for me last night. America has not seen a speech like that in years. It restored my patriotism, made me want to fight again, made me want to give a shit about politics after being on the fence since 2000.
Alot of my conservative friends have been telling me the same conservative line: "Don't believe the hype."
Hype that someone who is running for president worked his way up from nothing, someone who actually understands what it is like to have to pay for college, someone who only owns one house, someone who is not wheelchair bound and clinging to ideas that haven't been current in 20 years.
But what Obama said that really made my heart pitter patter was that he pointed out that it's not solely government's job to take care of everyone, which I believe has been the Democratic party downfall for many years. He emphasized both individual responsibility and mutual responsibility. We cannot keep voting for a whole party because of one issue like fiscal "conservatism" (what does that mean anymore anyway?) or abortion or gun rights. The stakes are too high to get caught up in one thing.
One great moment from a great speech that I might carry in my pocket from now until eternity:
"But what I will not do is suggest that the Senator takes his positions for political purposes. Because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other’s character and patriotism.
The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain. The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America – they have served the United States of America.
So I’ve got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first."
Boo yah! Words cannot express my elation that someone on a national podium finally stood up and said this.
And for the first time in 8 years I will be giving money to a political campaign- to Obama. Especially now that a 72 year old man has picked a crazy woman who has less experience than Obama to succeed him in the oval office. What kind of judgement was that? McCain just opened the doors wide for criticism and I'm joining the masses in keeping him on the defensive until he is defeated.