Having just finished watching Barack Obama’s 30 minute campaign ad, I wanted to put down some of my feelings right away.
Barack Obama is, to me, a transformational person. A person who will take us from one stage in our growth as a country to another. It is a challenge to have that position. One must be a bridge from the comfortable, or uncomfortable, present to the unknown, and sometimes frightening, future.
This 30 minute summation hit all the right notes, in my opinion. Senator Obama spoke to us directly, he spoke in small groups, he spoke in debates, town halls and large venues. He spoke of taxes, of health care, but most importantly of people. Individuals and families.
That is the real difference, to me, between the candidates in this election cycle. The Republicans speak of country, of democracy, of security, sure. But not of people, not of the common good, not of the values that make us all the same. As my 10 year old daughter told me last night, we are all the same inside.
And I dearly wish, more than he could ever know, that my Republican father-in-law, whom I love with all my heart, had heard what Senator Obama had to say tonight. Perhaps he would be less fearful.
I find myself feeling quiet hope. I cannot yet believe that these changes will come to pass. I cannot yet believe that this dark period in our country’s history will end. But I can almost see it, I can almost believe. Change is coming.
Yes we can…because we must.