I Am Voting for This Man

18 03 2008

on the strength of the first few minutes of his live address on humans and history as complex, connected, both good and bad. This may be the most intelligent political speech I’ve ever heard, a speech that leaves ME speechless . . .now that’s what I call “shock and awe.”

UPDATE: Full transcript here.

Image credit: Flickr’s barackobama.com

UPDATE 1:44pm Liza at Culture Kitchen.

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18 03 2008
JJ

“We can come together and say, ‘Not this time.’ ”
. . .This time we want to talk about whites and blacks and hispanics who don’t have the power on their own, to overcome the special interests in Washington. . .every religion, every walk of life.

“The men and women of every color and creed, who fight together and bleed together under the same proud flag. . .”

This union may never be perfect but [this is what the vast majority wants] — my hope is in the next generation. . .

18 03 2008
JJ

The homeschooling community btw, has always had the same problem coming together — due to the same underlying differences in world view, experience and belief — that the larger citizenship has long suffered. And I’ve long felt the same mixed way about “homeschooling” as my identity, that Obama feels about his mixed racial identity.

Here’s the part of “homeschooling” that I renounce and repudiate: both of the national “legal defense” organizations for homeschool freedom and education choice are ideologically pure, not mixed at ALL. Both are generally Christian conservative in world view, although one positions itself as more libertarian politically than the other.

If you personally believe in choice and change and progress, diversity and social justice and the U.S. Constitution, imperfect though it is, in reason and science and the power of the individual human mind to think, to help ourselves do better together right here on earth — then you can let that define your homeschooling, rather than allowing the patriarchal Christofascist conservatism so politically dominant in defining every homeschool conversation, to define YOU.

Sir Alec Guiness in the first Star Wars movie: “(The) Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.” How cynical to call influencing the weak-minded “education” much less personal salvation, or respect, tolerance and peace. It is quite right to say I have no respect for using (the) Force to mislead, manipulate or enslave; indeed I do fear that and oppose it any way I can.

I believe what Spencer Tracy tells the jury in Inherit the Wind (great play too, not just a classic movie): I respect and revere the power of the individual human mind to THINK.

. . .Beyond school and church, beyond the courts and elected functionaries at every level of every social endeavor — what progress have we made since the 1925 Scopes trial if we see that less clearly now, than before we were so thoroughly schooled and churched?

. . . fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, your Honor, with banners flying and with drums beating we’ll be marching backward, BACKWARD, through the glorious ages of that Sixteenth Century when bigots burned the man who dared bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind!
Judge: I hope counsel does not mean to imply that this court is bigoted.
Henry Drummond: Well, your honor has the right to hope.
Judge: I have the right to do more than that.
Henry Drummond: You have the POWER to do more than that.
[the Judge holds Drummond in contempt of court]

18 03 2008
Rolfe Schmidt

I plan to vote for him too. I hope he’s on the ballot.

18 03 2008
JJ

I can’t help him with that! 🙂
I’m plenty old enough and now women have the vote, but I’m not registered for party primary participation, and even if I were a thoroughbred Democrat, my mixed identity (as a Floridian) disenfranchises me.

18 03 2008
JJ

From the transcript — my quotes above were typed out fast as I heard them, live blogging:
“We can play Reverend Wright’s sermons on every channel every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words.

We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race card or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies. We can do that. But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction, and then another one, and then another one.

And nothing will change. . .”

18 03 2008
Nance Confer

Complex? A pol who can pull off complex? Damn, that’s almost enough right there. I missed the speech as I was in babyland today but thanks for the transcript link.

Nance

18 03 2008
JJ

Jeffrey Toobin on CNN with Wolf just said it for me: this was superb, one of the smartest speeches a politician has given, etc – and like me — Rolfe too! — Toobin is no slouch, thoughtful, complex and certainly no party hack.
So maybe this will actually wind up dividing America by intellect? [tongue-sticking-out emoticon]

19 03 2008
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19 03 2008
JJ

Hey! My guy Toobin will be in town tomorrow! 🙂

20 03 2008
Nance Confer
20 03 2008
JJ

What’s this now, about his passport file being breached??

23 03 2008
JJ

I love that it was this speech Richardson credited with moving him to that amazing endorsement. Me too, Bill, me too.

25 03 2008
JJ

On embracing mixed heritage without throwing any part of it under the bus, listen to NPR’s “This I Believe: A Musician of Many Cultures”

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma was born in France to Chinese parents, and he has lived in the U.S. since he was seven. Instead of trying to choose among these cultural roots, Ma decided to embrace them all. He believes doing so has enriched his life and music.

12 06 2008
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13 01 2011
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