I, like so many, was thrilled to participate in the reception and viewing of Senator Barack Obama's acceptance speech. (I'm referring to "back in time" because, with all the hoopla that's been in the news recently from the other side, it's easy to forget what a stirring moment this was. ) There was so much I loved about this address, I will likely spread my reaction over several blog posts.
But above all, I was so cheered and relieved to see Obama's vision bringing us back to the roots of the Democratic Party. It is, indeed, the Party of the Common Man (and Woman), as the party's unofficial slogan has it. On this Labor Day, I celebrate the beauty I see in the synergy of common men and women across this country, from all backgrounds and walks of life, supporting each other as we return to our progressive values, take back our country, and shoulder the difficult but necessary job of repairing the damage done by the neo-con "revolution."
Here is an excerpt from Senator Obama's acceptance speech that highlights this celebration:
- The truth is, on issue after issue that would make a difference in your lives—on healthcare and education and the economy—Senator McCain has been anything but independent. He said that our economy has made great progress under this president. He said that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. And when one of his chief advisers, the man who wrote his economic plan, was talking about the anxieties that Americans are feeling, he said that we were just suffering from a mental recession and that we’ve become—and I quote—“a nation of whiners.”
A nation of whiners? Tell that to the proud auto workers at a Michigan plant who, after they found out it was closing, kept showing up every day and working as hard as ever, because they knew there were people who counted on the brakes that they made. Tell that to the military families, who shoulder their burdens silently as they watch their loved ones leave for their third or fourth or fifth tour of duty. These are not whiners. They work hard, and they give back, and they keep going without complaint. These are the Americans I know.
And the responses from the Americans we know were equally thrilling, to me. I have tried to link several news pages to give you these views, but I'm having trouble with my copy-and-paste function (something that's never easy for me), so I will just ask you to go to http://www.democracynow.org/ , specifically the August 29 headlines. There's a regular feast of man-on-the-street comments; it's a treasure to enjoy.
Coming soon to this blog: I'm getting ready to do another CycleCast for me and my fellow-travelers. it will give us a fresh look at the energy-weather patterns we'll walk through into early fall. And I'll also include a first casting of my Election CycleCast. I'm interested in seeing which candidates are most in alignment with the "energy weather." So far, the weather has been all about change - and we know who is aligned with that!