Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Audactity of Hope

Audacity of Hope (pg. 25): “That politics will need to reflect our lives as they are actually lived. It won’t be prepackaged, ready to pull off the shelf. It will have to be constructed from the best of our traditions and will have to account for the darker aspects of our past. We will need to understand how we got to this place, this land of warring factions and tribal hatreds. And we will need to remind ourselves, despite all our differences, just how much we share: common hopes, common dreams, a bond that will not break.”

Common hopes and dreams? My hope and dream has long been a country where love rules. People would be allowing others freedom of choice. There would be less government and less taxes. That is how things grew~more laws that restrict freedom and more taxes. Taxation without representation. People who smoke cigarettes are now criminals, even as other are trying to legalize marijuana. I agree pot should be decriminalized. Much rather be around a pot smoker than one who drinks alcohol. Not many: Killed By Smoker Driver or Killed By High On Pot Driver deaths.

Now California wants to ban fast food restaurants in Los Angeles and mandate spaying or neutering of all pets before they are out of kitten or puppy age. People willing gave up freedoms for the illusion of safety from terrorists with the Patriot Act. The minus on Obama's record for me. But he is for Net Neutrality and against FISA. His work in Congress has resulted in more government transparency. He comes "close enough to perfect" for me.

But the common hopes and dreams is not common. Many, many people still think African/Americans are less than. Ku Klux Klan's hopes and dreams are the exact opposite of my own. I also share nothing in common with Jeff, from Mount Pocono. Pouring water down people's noses is a good thing? His disgusting assumption is that our troops torture of other human beings, is torture of guilty human beings. Typical KKK mentality. Not that Jeff is KKK. I only know him from online. Although he may have attended Pocono Mountain High or Middle school with my oldest daughter.

Yet, I think Obama was thinking more of our common dreams of shelter, food, clothing, to love and be loved in return, enough money for our daily needs with something left over to share with those less fortunate than ourselves. To live our lives, grow old and die naturally. Perhaps that is what drives Jeff, the fear of being attacked. Get them before they get us. Not ever understanding that our getting them is an assurance of them getting us some where down the road of life's highway.

Getting rid of the bad guys is probably a common dream. The person who robs would label the cops bad guys and often, like my ex husband, label the one's they steal from crooks.

Yes, Obama is of like mind with me. Let us put yesterday to rest and move forward together as a UNITED States of America. Sick of the name calling, the attacks, the division, the ugliness. Sick and tired of it.

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