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The Assignment Now (As I See It)

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As I take in what's happening in America politically right now, here is my sense of what needs doing.

First, everything possible should be done to encourage Obama to show his core, to fight by using the moral truth as his weapon, to focus on the central thrust of why he’s running and why he’s the leader America needs right now.

That's what I've been trying to do since the kitchen sink attack strategy paid off for Clinton on March 4.

But here's another part that now feels to be to have come front and center: The assignment now is to challenge the American people to see rightly what this choice is and to choose right.

Here’s our chance for a redo. This time, for God's sake (and I MEAN that), let's not fail again. This presidential election is offering America a chance to redeem itself and choose the course of healing and integrity and fairness and personal honesty and compassion.

Once again, the truth is right before our very eyes. We can see Hillary for what she is—and it is not pretty. We can see John McCain for what he is—and it is not really solid, in ability OR in integrity.

And we can see Barack Obama for what he is: an extraordinary man come forward to deal with an extraordinary time in American history, a time when --because of the great damage that has been done, the poisons that have been sown, the structures broken, the trust betrayed-- America desperately NEEDS an extraordinary leader, a healer, a bridge-builder, one who is eager to work with the people rather than use them.



Second installment: So the job is to work to get America to see what is right in front of its face, as it has failed so dismally to do in terms of the Bushite regime. America refused to recognize EVIL when it was on clear display. Will America now be able to recognize the GOOD when it is put up to offer?

(Read DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, oh ye skeptics, and see if you cannot see the virtues shown there in a way that could not be faked. See the speech on race, which so many people saw as manifesting something important and good-- about what this man is about as an actor on our public stage, and what he wants to be about if elected president as THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER OF THE WHOLE NATION.)


Third installment. The question is: is America still able to recognize what the various forms of goodness look like?

If America asks itself, which candidate offers us healing, surely it can only be Obama.

If America asks itself, which candidate follows scruples and not mere opportunism, again it can only be Obama. It’s been shown right before our eyes. He has no history of embracing the devil or of using the devil’s ways, and that’s not something either Hillary or McCain can say.

If America asks itself, which candidate offers us Wisdom, surely it can only be Obama.

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