With all the manufactured hoopla and controversy over Barack’s statements to supporters at a San Francisco fund-raiser, it has been my contention that the truth will win out in the end, just like every other fake controversy stirred up by Hillary, McCain or the media during this campaign.
The American Voter is way smarter than the cynics give us credit for, an amazing fact given the deplorable state of education in this country. Just goes to show that common sense and an ear for authenticity have nothing to do with the level of education you have achieved. I have seen some startlingly stupid people with post graduate degrees this election season. Just pick a channel and the notion that education equals wisdom will be quickly dispelled.
The only reason Barack Obama could be leading this race right now – given the enormous challenges he faced coming in with regards to his relative youth, his skin color and his lack of name recognition – is because Americans are finally waking up from the nightmare that started over forty years ago on a balcony in Memphis and has just gotten more ugly and more tragic ever since.
This is why Barack will be our next president.
He is presidential and real at the same time. He commands attention, yet somehow asks for permission at the same time. We have not had a candidate like this in my entire time on this planet. I have been screaming at the TV for years, begging for someone to tell me the truth. Anyone. The only people who did tell the truth were immediately labeled as nuts and shoved off-stage.
I believe this, among all of his many attributes, is what accounts for Barack’s successes to date.
The last two democrats to run had many of Barack’s qualities as well. Smart and accomplished. Responsible for progressive legislative efforts at the state and federal levels. Well educated and seemingly committed to helping their fellow American.
But what both of them missed was the chance to tell us the whole truth and nothing but the truth, despite the political consequences. What both Gore and Kerry, whom I supported in 2004, missed was an opportunity to toss aside polls and speak from the heart. They, like Hillary, relied on “democratic strategists” to trim their sails for the prevailing winds.
Both candidates failed to connect with any meaningful portion of the people who never vote (the youth in particular) or those independents and republicans who might be willing to look at the democrats again given the long history of neocon under-performance in government. Many Obamicans probably identify more with Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower than Ronald Reagan or Daddy & Baby Bush.
This is why I tell my fellow Obama supporters to take hope despite what the media and various prognosticators might say is the impact of this or that fake outrage. I tell them to trust in the American voter this year, more so than in any year past, because Barack has found a way to cut through the white noise that keeps us all ignorant and uninformed about things that are actually happening to us every day. Don’t worry that your hope and effort will once again end in disappoint.
As our candidate would say: “Not this time. Not this year.”