LatinaLista — It’s an understatement to say that Barack Obama’s acceptance speech last night for the Democratic nomination was a success.
Barack Obama delivering his acceptance speech at Denver’s Invesco Field.
But it wasn’t a success because of the historic speech he delivered or the line-up of speakers that preceded him or even because of the musical talents that shared the stage or the celebrities sprinkled among the audience, but because of the NUMBER of people his speech attracted.
Eighty-four thousand people of all colors and walks of life packed into Denver’s Invesco Field and thousands more milled around outside who couldn’t get in. Across the country, people created “watch parties” just to share in this event.
Obama hit the nail on the head and exemplified how he and his campaign “get it” when he said:
What the naysayers don’t understand is that this election has never been about me. It’s about you. It’s about you.
How true is that? When you have thousands of people contributing across the country to a political campaign for the first time in their lives because they were deemed important enough to be included, not because of their social influence or professional position, but simply because they are an American voter then finally this great political system that started all those many years ago by our forefathers who counted on EVERYONE’s support, whether it was with money or sweat, is finally returning to its roots.
Gone should be the days when such politics is reserved for the elite or influential among us with deals and celebrations behind closed doors or accessible only via a television screen. Gone should be the days when such politics excludes the youngest voters because the assumption is that they are not fully informed.
Gone are the days when politicians speak to only one segment of the population and claim to be speaking to the whole of the country.
Gone are the days when the people of this country won’t get involved in the political process and stand by complacently as power-greed politicians use our country for their own selfish purposes.
Gone are the days when politics is business as usual.
Gone are the days when there was no hope because whoever wins the bar has been raised that we can indeed do better.