Thursday, March 06, 2008

Hope, Faith & Courage

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Barack Obama is endorsed by Rolling Stone.

SEEMS TO ME that many of us don't need the media, or anyone else, actually, to scrutinize Barack Obama. We can assess his record and experience on our own. We can compare his positions now to what they were before he announced his candidacy. We can understand that he might fail to win the nomination or the presidency, that he might fail as president. We can equally understand that he might be a great leader.

For many of us, it's not really about ideology or experience at this point.

It's about hope. Dismiss it all you want, but hope is powerful.

Faith is more powerful than hope. And for all those who want to compare Obama's campaign to a religious movement, go right ahead. Doesn't change what's happening right in front of our eyes.

And it scares the crap out of many. I mean: really. What would happen if a coalition of the majority actually developed? What would happen if we became a nation that cared for the health and well-being of all our citizens no matter race, religion, region, gender, sexuality, class or any other label that divides us? What would happen if our trust for our elected officials increased because they, no matter what transgressions and secrets characterize their pasts, became transparent and open and honest? What would happen if we improve diplomatic relationships with other nations, if the perception of us in the eyes of those who want to destroy us changes for the better?

That's pretty scary stuff. But courage doesn't exist in the absence of fear.

No risk; no reward. It appears a throng of Americans is willing to take a risk by believing in hope and expressing their faith in it all by being courageous enough to cast a vote for Senator Obama.



MRMacrum said...

Hope is indeed powerful. Yet many folks, escpecially in recent elections fall back on "safe". As you point out, betting on Hope brings with it fear of failure. Enough so, many people tend to back track and push what is familar.

I look at Obama as change. I am so fed up, change of almost any kind would be welcome. I have seen what making safe bets have gotten us. Not much but more trouble.

It is well past the time for our country to try new ways to meet old problems.

Of course you are preaching to the choir here, but I enjoyed listening.

Good piece.

Anonymous said...

Bravo, indeed.

I offer three quotes that support your thoughts on Hope,Faith and Courage":

* We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. ~ Martin Luther King

* We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes. ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

and finally, my favorite First Lady...

*The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Really good post, Craig.