Alexandra Duncan

Science Fiction. Fantasy. Feminism.


I was going to post the video of Sen. Obama's presidential nomination acceptance speech tonight, but it's not up on the web yet. So, in the meantime, here's another important news item that deserves your attention:

Thank you, Boing-Boing, for making my life better every day.
(I wonder if Ursula LeGuin knows about this?)

But, seriously, I loved the speech. You can read the entire transcript here, but if you don't have the inclination to read through a 45 minute-long speech, this is my favorite part:

What -- 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 obligations 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 -- 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.

I can't describe how much better it makes me feel about our country and our world to know that Sen. Obama is running for office. Already, he's changing the world. If I can live in an America where we acheive half of what Obama wants to bring to our country - a health care system not designed to leave us behind, independence from foreign oil within ten years, a new emphasis on education and higher pay for teachers, new green industry jobs, and more - I'll know we've done a dozen times more good than we have in the last, disasterous eight.

And if he doesn't win the election, I've realized that doesn't mean we should give up on fixing those things. It only means we have to try all the harder. What I love about Obama's philosophy of governing is that he genuinely seems to believe that the way to lead a country is to inspire everyone to band together and help each other solve the problems we face. Having spent the last eight years being told to shut up and shop (so I supposedly stimulate the economy) while George Bush vacations on his ranch and ignores the country's economic and international tailspin, Obama's brand of politics is a welcome change.

This man has to win in November. Not because he isn't McCain, but because he is Barack Obama.

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