Wednesday, March 19, 2008

More on Obama's speech

I think the saddest reaction I saw to Obama's speech was someone complaining that he had accomplished his purpose, and now, if people kept trying to hang reverend Wright around Obama's neck, they'd be called racist.

His speech is rightfully being considered one of the great moments in oratory, and someday, maybe, just maybe, it might be seen as one of the great turning points in race relations in the United States.

And these people were afraid that they might lose their toy before they were done playing with it. They couldn't keep attacking Senator Obama for what someone else said, because, damn it all, Obama managed to wow a lot of people with a lot of pretty words.

It's sad in a lot of ways, but the saddest part of it is that it seems extremely likely that they can't simply accept that maybe Obama isn't wowing anyone with a lot of pretty words. Maybe he's just telling the plain truth, as best as he can. Maybe he really is a good man, with a good heart, and good wisdom.

I'm a bit scared; a lot of people have mentioned the same fear... could this really be true? Could he really be real? Could he really be sincere, saying what he believes, and it just so happens that it's what we've been wanting to hear for so long?

And rather than having to ask that question, there are people who'd rather just complain that they've lost a potential avenue of attack for tearing the man down.

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