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The morning after Obama’s speech: Gone is the day when politics is business as usual

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.
(Source: NYTimes)

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.

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  • EYES OF TEXAS
    August 29, 2008 at 10:03 am

    I agree, he delivered the script written by his handlers as well as any actor auditioning for a movie part. Only problem is the words were not from his brain and certainly not from his America hateing racist heart. Obama is someones puppet and if his strings are not cut his puppeteers are poised to create a nation based on Obamas socialistic beliefs. Hopefully his puppeteers will be exposed prior to the election so the world will understand exactly what Obama means by the word “change”. Change can be good, but change to what Obama wants will be the demise of America that will have our forefathers rolling over in their tombs.

  • IRMA
    August 29, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Barak’s speech was more of the same –
    the usual empty blah-blah accompanied by a choir of angels singing in a perfectly blue sky.
    I heard nothing to convince me that he actually has the experience to bring to fruition therecreation of America.
    On the other hand, the battle ax, old and wrinkled McCain washed away the old and tired politics that relies on MEN.
    He picked the governor of Alaska who
    happens to be a woman and the
    mother of 5 children, the last of which has
    Down’s syndrome. The Republican ticket is exactly the opposite of the
    Democratic ticket. In the former,the
    gravitas is a the top, in the latter the gravitas is on the bottom. The Republicans are going to pull away
    the women who had given up and reconciled themselves that maybe only men are the best person for the job.
    Latin american women who are mothers and were Hilary supporters will also be
    attracted to the Republican VP choice.
    All I can say is , wow, wow , wow.
    A woman could be a heartbeat away from the presidency. The glass ceiling maybe about to break. Impossible,
    things are happening , every day……..

  • laura
    August 29, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    I certainly hope that Senator Obama’s very good speech helped his chances in this election. I also hope that Senator McCain’s choice of running mate will hurt him severely over the next two months.
    I hope this because I think if Obama wins, we will have our very hard work cut out for us on November 5th, to wrest some pro-immigrant, pro-middle class policies from him, against his big corporate donors who will be putting on the pressure to get him to solidify NAFTA, pass more free trade agreements like NAFTA, cut back on his environmental promises, take some anti-union positions – whatever they like, they will demand.
    If McCain wins, we are toast – together with 299,999,000 of the 300,000,000 Americans, and together with many people and other living beings throughout the world.
    I am all for Obama – I just have no faith at all that he will do the right thing without being pushed extremely hard.

  • Evelyn
    August 31, 2008 at 4:58 am

    Everyone is talking about Obamas qualifications.
    Is that all that really matters?
    Do we really want someone who is a Washington insider who has been in Washington all his life and has been polluted by the corrupt and putrid way this country has been run for years and years because they have ‘experience’ and that is the way things should be done?
    Do we want change and someone that is able to judge right from wrong (Iraq war) on instinct and do what is right instead of doing what a person with ‘experience’ would do, because that is the way things are done by those who have ‘experience’ in Washington.
    This country is on the brink of going to hell in a basket because we have let those who who support discriminatory behaviour run it.
    To me ‘experience’ means nothing. Integrity, morals and dignity mean more.
    Bush had plenty of experience, he has a masters degree in business administration from Harvard University, he served for 6 years as the 46th Governor of the State of Texas.
    He became the first Governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive 4-year terms when he was re-elected on November 3, 1998.
    What he lacks are the qualities that Obama
    has an abundance of. Integrity, morals and dignity.
    Obama exuberates freshness, change, and will do what is right like he did when he gave up a job with a prestigious Wall Street Law firm after graduating from Harvard Law School.
    Where BTW he was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
    Opting to accept a job in Chicago as a community organizer. Obama organized an aggressive voter registration effort that aided in the election of President Bill Clinton and Senator Carol Moseley Braun. The campaign registered over 100,000 voters like you and me.
    Soon after, his talents earned him a position at a local civil rights law firm, and he became a lecturer of constitutional law at the University of Chicago, where he served as a professor until his election to the U.S. Senate.
    The fact that he understands our Constitution from left to right and will adhere to it when making decisions is a big plus.
    People think invading and violating other Countries to shoot down and kill thousands of innocent victims (Iraq & Vietnam) makes someone a hero with perfect qualifications to become president. They think someone who supports more war and killing more innocent people is a perfect leader.
    Obama showed us what he was made of when choose to work with ordinary people and for ordinary people instead of choosing to serve Corporate America.
    These are the kind of leaders we need if we are going to save this Country……not those with an abundance of experience but no sence on how to use it other then for deceit, corruption, dismantling our Constitution, inflicting terror on one segment of people first to scapegoat them for our failures and then to pander ethocentrics for votes.
    We have one chance here to right many wrongs. By voting for Obama we are voting for a man who has the potential to be a great leader.
    But we are the ones that must give him that chance. We must also be patient. He is receiving a Country left in total shambles by the Bush administration.
    Our vote for Obama will also do alot to sever the head of those who choose to follow and support collective ideology.
    These are the statements of people who post on this blog from another forum in referance to Michelle Obama. This is the type ignorance we are up against.
    ~~~~~~~
    “obamas b!tch promises amnesty to hispanics”
    “obama and his b!tch are totally racist and un American.”
    “I think you can write this country off as history if this clown gets in.”
    “Making promises like that to the la raza MEXICAN caucus needs to be stated in the strongest terms”
    “His crack hoe should know better , Of course every right wing radio show is going to be all over him for her big mouth”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    They know that if Obama is elected they are History.
    It’s up to us whether we want change or four more years of McSame.

  • Antonio Gonzalez, Miami, Florida
    August 31, 2008 at 5:36 am

    You believe the American Dream, you need wake-up, this
    guy is only a puppet in the
    American busines. And I can
    tell something the need year
    everyone will know the truth.

  • Michaela
    September 7, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Antonio, would love to know what you mean here.
    “You believe the American Dream, you need wake-up, this
    guy is only a puppet in the
    American busines. And I can
    tell something the need year
    everyone will know the truth.”

  • Jill Monterey
    January 21, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Does anyone remember that Obama promised on July 10 2008 to make an Executive Order stopping the ICE raids? Let’s see if he’s a man of his word.

  • Alessandra
    January 21, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Michaela, I believe that what Antonio is trying to say is that anyone elected in this country will have to kow-tow to the globalist agenda; it doesn’t matter who the president is, he is beholden to the globalist powers.

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