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Sunday, August 31, 2008


I am not someone who believes one should not speak about politics and religion. If you don't talk about it with people who may disagree with you, then why talk about it? Why spend your time only speaking with people who have the same mindset as you? What if you are wrong on something? How will you advance? I don't ever propose that I am right on these topics, but I do propose this: as long as both of us walk away thinking about what the other person said, it was a successful conversation. And, if either of us walk away feeling like we lost then it seems to be one of us or both us needs to do some homework on our positions. Discussing uncomfortable topics with people who disagree with you helps both of you understand why you feel that way in the first place. If ya can't back it up, don't assert your opinion until you can.

Anywho, this blog is about the Democratic National Convention and not my battle with migraines (although sometimes watching politics play out can certainly give me a headache). Whether you like Obama or not, you have to assert that this man is a great speaker and he moves people. We are witnessing history here folks. In case you missed last week, allow me to fill you in....the speeches were moving, inspiring and phenomenal. I cried through all of them. I yelped "YES!" and "That is what I am talking about" and "Finally someone said it." I am not a Democrat and I am not a Republican but I am an American. Like most Americans I am not easily defined by a label. I am liberal on some issues and conservative on others.

When Obama took the stage on Thursday night and said "I accept the Democratic nomination" I cried. I just wept. I was sitting there and watching history. I was watching history with my partner and thinking: wow, we are watching this in our lifetime. His speech was powerful and hard hitting. He said was a lot of people have been waiting to hear for almost 8 years: we are not an America who leave their veterans homeless on the streets, children in poverty, and its citizens without sufficient health care.

Obama is not great because he is African American. He is not great because he is a fantastic orator. He is not great because of his civil record. He is great because of all of these experiences and his life experience in general You cannot isolate one thing about him and say well this is it. He is the real deal. He knows that he cannot do this alone and that it is time the citizens stepped up and took their country back.

Whoever you decide to vote for, is not what I am trying to persuade you from here. What I am trying to point out is that WE are witnessing history here for many reasons. Keep paying attention because this is exciting and it is not often that the news is actually exciting.

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