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Four years ago, I felt called to a mission to raise the alarm about just what it was that was happening to America with that Bushite regime. I wanted people to be able to SEE THE EVIL at work here: This is not God’s anointed, I wanted his conservative supporters to recognize, he and his gang are wolves in the sheep’s clothing of false righteousness. It's not just bad politics, I wanted liberals to understand, it is the really dark thing.


And now I find I’m called to a different, but kindred mission: to try to help people see the GOODNESS THAT BARACK OBAMA REPRESENTS.


I believe that --just as I saw into the heart of darkness of the Bushites, and could perceive the vast array of destructive forces behind this regime, its truly dark heart-- so also I have a profound sense of having seen powerful GOODNESS at work in Barack Obama.


I believe I've seen the nature of our new president’s heart and spirit, and he is the real deal. He's not perfect, but he's put an unusually wide and deep array of good stuff together—he’s a piece of work in the best sense.


It seems as clear as can be that he sees his job as being to work to make things better. He's got a moral vision about human possibilities, and he's dedicated to serving that vision.


That's what I see, and that's what I feel now called to present.


I will remain open to having my vision disproved. I don't say that there might not be more wrong with him than I've perceived. I may end up getting disappointed.


But I have a CONVICTION about this belief. And it makes me feel that it's worthwhile to present what I see.


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Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. His new book -- written to have an impact on the central political battle of our time -- is (more...)
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