Something new seems to be happening in the world of politics. After seven years of fear, cynicism, divisiveness, and some despair, hope and excitement and a sense of possibilities and vision seems to be returning. I'm very impressed with all the Democratic candidates, but found Barack Obama's speech upon winning the Iowa caucus masterful. I felt the same sense of hope in 1988, when I supported Jesse Jackson. Although I knew Jackson wouldn't win, when I looked around at the people attending the various fundraisers and parties for him, and saw the rainbow coalition, I felt this was what America was supposed to be "" all of us from different backgrounds coming together with a shared vision of what the future of America could be. We focused on our places of connection, rather than our differences. We felt that America need not be homogeneous for us to find unity among us. And that equal rights could be, truly, equal rights.
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