Friday, August 29, 2008

The Speech

of a Real Democrat. Progressive ideas without apologies or mushy fawning over "bipartisan" and "centrist" fluff. And this was the pinnacle:

We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don't tell me we can't uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. Passions fly on immigration, but I don't know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers. This, too, is part of America's promise -- the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort.

I know there are those who dismiss such beliefs as happy talk. They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan Horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values. And that's to be expected. Because if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.

You make a big election about small things.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that this was his best part of the speech. Overall, it was a great speech. The only thing that bothered me was that he talked a lot about what this "promise" is but not how to get there. He provided just about no detail at all. One may feel pretty good about Obama's vision for the future but have no idea if his plans will lead to it because he or she doesn't know what his plans are. I guess you can only do so much in one speech though. It's just that he never seems to go into details, it seems to be mostly nebulous grand visions without any specificity.