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"One Giant Step..."

By Tony Campbell - Posted on 18 March 2008

I listened to Obama's speech and I was completely floored.  This is the crisis moment of his presidential campaign (the 3 a.m. call) and he dealt with the issue of Pastor Wright head on.  What I liked most about the speech is that he dealt with the larger issue of race from different vantage points (white, black, latino and asian). 

He is absolutely the right person to discuss the issue openly with the American people, and instead of losing him the election, this moment has solidified his candidacy as the best and brightest hope for a new era of politics in this country.  In his speech, Obama addressed racial, gender, religious, and ideological differences for the distractions that they really are. 

It is time to move move beyond the politics of fear and come together as the United People of America.  Clinton and the talking heads will take apart bits and pieces of this speech to distract and confuse the American people.  We need to continue the fight to bring about the change America deserves!

 Yes, We Can!!  


When we rise above and end the defensive siren call to States Rights, it will help to end the divisions Obama wisely speaks of. Can We?

Gosh, I hope not. States rights are what separate us from the Marxist/Communist model of government responsible for the murder and starvation of over 100 million people in the 20th century. Only profound fools advocate the tyranny of centralized government. The whole idea of democracy is that it is a continual experiment filled with diverse ideas--not the ideas of one political messiah.

 Let's try hard.


To clarify, I referred to the "defensive siren call" of States Rights. It is the abuse of the concept of States Rights which has divided and marginalized far too many Americans. By the way, what are your thoughts toward the centralization of Executive power, whereby the US President has sole authority to define what is law to the Attorney General under the Protect America Act?
I read the speech transcipt and had tears in my eyes (can't wait to see it on TV.) Wow-absolutely amazing. I really hope the media casts this in a positive light and gives him the credit he deserves.

We are dreamers all of us . . .!

BR- The Dreamer one like the following individual . . .

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

Martin Luther Kin


Let Freedom ring, shall we gang!

Let's get this party started!!!! 

BR-The Dreamer 

"BR the dreamer." so many names! so many allusions! 

Someday we'll find it...

Right on! Let's adopt the same hateful platform our brothers and sister at the Pro-African, Anti-American African Unity Church and tear down this crap hole America. It's time to make the white man pay for his transgressions against our brothers and sisters. Barack can lead us there. He's duped whitey into thinking he's about unification. Jokes on them.


Surely this isn't a serious it???

Thank you, Hermies. Your point of view is duly noted.

Obama's was an admirable speech indeed. I have never seen a man handle so many accusations with as much poise. Granted, that may be because politics disgusted me before he came onto the scene and I never bothered to pay much attention, haha. Seriously tho, his writing gives me chills. He neither forsakes who he is, nor allows it to chain him. One would be hard-pressed to find a more conciliatory voice.

p.s. thanks BR for posting that speech, i had not read it in it's entirety before

gasp. I know. Shamed to admit it. 


 Reading this fed my soul and thank you for posting King's speech.  It brought tears to my eyes and exhilaration for my soul.  Thank you.

Hermies, I feel sorry for you.

The fact is, our nation is better than that and is a range of beautiful colors; white, black, brown, yellow and red.  When every eligible person wakes up and registers to vote, racists and bigots will be outnumbered.  Praise God!

We must be prayerful for the Richardson endorsement and hope for John Edwards' endorsement.  Endorsing Clinton would forever destroy his credibility with a nation that bought his campaign for the poor, the working uninsured, the middle class and the crusade against corruption in government.  I urge everyone to write him and call him and implore him to endorse Obama. 

Can you imagine the ability of Obama, Richardson, Edwards, Caroline Kennedy, Maria Shriver and Oprah Winfrey campaigning across this nation?  The winning ticket is Obama/Edwards and Richardson for Secretary of State.  This would be unstoppable.  I feel it so deeply in my bones.

Hope springs eternal and he who has hope has everything.  Hopemongers are we.


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