a symphony and not a speech

This morning I have been reading the press surrounding Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. It is so, so positive and affirming. One columnist equated it to a symphony rather than a speech. I missed the speech last night and read it this morning. It is truly one of the best speeches I have ever read. You have to read it or watch the video of it if you haven’t already. It will go down in history as a defining moment in this country’s history.

The speech really speaks to the type of person Barack Obama is. John Mc Cain derides him a lot for being a celebrity and a good speech-giver. Listen to this speech and you can see that this is true because he has the intelligence and love for this country that fuels his spirit. Below is a portion of his speech that I found very inspirational and true. It is something that has been missing in this country for eight years whole we suffered under the regime of George Bush and Dick Cheney. This is truly why I am voting for this man,

“… What is that American promise?

It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have the obligation to treat each other with dignity and respect.

It’s a promise that says the market should reward drive and innovation and generate growth, but that businesses should live up to their responsibilities to create American jobs, to look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road.

Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves — protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and science and technology.

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work.

That’s the promise of America — the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper.

That’s the promise we need to keep. That’s the change we need right now. So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am president…”

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