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Wednesday
Feb132008

Yes, We Can

Far be it from me to step atop my political soap box... because I NEVER do that, right? Also, anything glorifying celebrities and their cause du jour generally makes me sick. Read: just fuck off already Bono. Stop telling me to donate whilst wearing eight million dollar sunglasses. Go fix Ireland.

But. (there's always a but, isn't there?)

For the first time in, oh, just about eight years now I am excited about the direction in which America is headed. I can drone on about issues including why the fuck we're in Iraq in the first place and all the other much-ballyhooed bullshit. There's also the fact that I don't want my American president to be some war-careerist (Mccain) or some rich-from-birth douchebag (Bush, Romney and yes, even Hillary) who has no idea what it's really like to live on welfare or be sick and not have healthcare or or or... But let's set all that aside.

From the time I was very young I watched that black and white video of Martin Luther King, Jr. in D.C. delivering his I Have A Dream speech, or Kennedy imploring America to ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country... and I've longed for that kind of charisma, passion, wisdom and inspiration in a current leader. There isn't anyone to be found.

Until now.

Would Hillary make a great president? It's highly likely. She'd get shit done and it's about time we had a woman lead our country. We're a bit behind the rest of the world in that regard. But Hillary doesn't have that thing. She's a badass to be sure, but she's missing what America needs right now. A mood, a vibe, morale, a reason to be proud to be an American for the right reasons, instead of some inherent arrogance - bred in us from birth about how America is the greatest country in the world. We say it all the time, they taught it when we were growing up, we sang all the songs; America is the greatest country in the world. Is it still? Why? We haven't earned that title in the years since I've been alive. You shouldn't be proud of something you haven't earned. America is a greedy, fat, money-hungry, war prone, arrogant asshole. If America were a person it would be Mr. Potter from It's A Wonderful Life. Or worse.

I want to be proud to be an American instead of being ashamed of my government and how it treats other countries including citizens of other countries trying to make a go of it in the so-called land of the free and the home of the brave. What ever happened to "Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses longing to be free..." Anymore, I require more than an experienced leader. I want passion for Chrissakes! And I think I've found it.

I present you with this. It's a speech Barack Obama made after the New Hampsire primary, I think it was... a speech with a twist. Even though Scarlett Johansson is obviously launching her not-anticipated singing career (swallowing throw-up) it still gave me the ol' lump in the throat. And at least Oprah isn't in it. I don't think a lotta folks know this so you should probably just keep this between me and you...but... Oprah ain't Jesus. There goes my future book being named in the Oprah Book Club. Fuck!



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