Thursday, August 28, 2008


While planing old reclaimed wooden floorboards and repainting my backdoor, I was contemplating, meditating on last nights speeches. It was foreign policy night and Bill Clinton would have preferred to speak about economics and healthcare. His reception was overwhelming and yes I plead guilty of liking the Clinton family. He spoke statesmanlike, making his audience sit up and listen. They paid attention to his thoughtful speech, explaining in simple, clear terms what is at stake. It was a good day for unity. At the roll call votes when New York came up, Hillary stopped the voting and moved that Obama be nominated by acclamation. Great gesture with dignity for all in it. And then later in the evening Bill gave his full support to Obama and pledged that all three of Clinons would campaign because we cannot have four more years of the same. The VP Joe Biden was good, he appeals to working class people, to the troops, his son is leaving for Iraq in October... Yet as a pacifist I have my doubts. Buch's legacy of reckless acts of invasion and occupation don't seem to be ending soon. I hope that Bill's words will come true that the standing of the US in the world will be restaured and that once again the US will lead by the power of their example (civil rights, state of law, no torture, healthcare for all, good education, multilateralism, green energy, leading against climate change, no privateering, nor mercenaries.......) rather than by the example of their power. My hope for change is equality, humanity and cohesion with the world. Empowering all that are powerless. A compassionate government could make Martin Luhter King's dreams come true. One step at a time we are getting there if we can stay away from the fear rethoric. And yes, I will vote and support Obama: No Mc Cain. Give me a 47 year old president dreaming of the desirable futures for his great-grandchildren, and maybe that way we'll get somewhere good.

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