Sunday, February 10, 2008

Yes We Can

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It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics...they will only grow louder and more dissonant ........... We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea --

Yes. We. Can.

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Sandy Carlson said...

Thanks for highlighting this incredible work. I would not have seen it if you had not have posted it. Thanks for broadening the view for me!

STP said...

I am ALL revved up!!! He's got me! There is also a spoof version for McCain that harps on warmongering basically, which McCain is - a warmonger.

Leanderthal, Lighthouse Keeper said...

If Hillary were to run against McCain, regardless of who might win the payback would be big time for a long time.

If Obama runs against McCain, regardless of who might win there is a better chance that the bitter rivalries would not be as damaging to the nation.

I've seen the two videos, Obama's and the McCain spoof. Unfortunately such spoofs promote more calumny and reprisal.

STP said...

I agree that Obama vs. McCain would be less bitter. However, if McCain won, he might be forced to pay back the right wing. I also believe Obama has a better chance of winning as he will pull independents that might go to McCain against Clinton.

I can deal with the spoof. Considering the right has tried to call Obama a Muslim, as if that were a crime, and play up the Hussein and Obama-Osama thing, I can live with the spoof, especially that it is more or less accurate. Also, Republicans don't do spoofs well; witness the FOX Half Hour News Show, which is a disaster.