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I'm sorry on one level I want to respect your right to difference of opinion here but man you're dark or maybe in fairness to your thoughts brutially honest at least to your soul which is all that matters in a way. THat said I don't think he's naive here or being a panacia and as one morning anchor pointed, people in this "country" are impatient and quick to turn. At best he'll be able to rally the spirit, take away some synicism, maybe get an agenda to get us out of the insanity of the Mid East conflict and hopefully just hopefully do something about healthcare. But one of the best things and I don't come from a tradition that quickly forgets. I grew up in the 60's in rural Arkansas where there were color lines, where the edict in my house was 'they're just as good as you' but in the same breath there was fear and distrust of the dark skin and my mom who I deeply love but echo'd during this election 'I don't want to vote for the man with strange last name', Faubus, the assination of MLK, integration, KKK, man it wasn' easy to know how to be growing up. Ever read the writings of Flannery O'Connor? I mean if the color lines can be resolved and nothing else I'd say that is a major change in the humanity of our world.
I for one am proud to have Mr O in office and as my wife an early supporter quickly pointed out this am, 'you didn't trust him' and she was right. I was a strong supporter of Clinton and Hilary and wanted nothing more than her to get in the White House but as that possibility slipped I began to be convinced that Barack was the person to get behind.
Perhaps you are just playing devils ad... here and having some fun but I think it's a pretty cool time and that maybe just maybe something good has happened for our country, world and time. The cool thing about all this is all the dialog that has occured the last couple of days on and off this list with the European community, that is just been wonderful and I really hope that this change in office in the US will do nothing but healing and good for the rest of the world and our relationships with them.
Guess it's time to say, 'shut up and play your guitar' but that's my 2 cents...
On Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 4:28 AM, SP Goodman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Echoed here in Chiang Mai as well! To tag onto the other threads about "being loved in the world" I've had such a wonderful opportunity to speak to 'the world' these past few days--people from Thailand, England, Canada, Bulgaria, France, Netherlands, Germany, etc. EVERYONE has been hoping and praying this would come to pass just to re-install HOPES place over FEAR. To see the US use respect and diplomacy instead of threats and superior firepower.
Yeah, that worked for Wilson, FDR, Truman, Carter... none of which were able to prevent the US being drawn into war, or outright attacked. No foreign policy tends to equal certainty of attack, if history is evidence.
Great PR doesn't save the world, folks. After never authoring a single piece of law this man tricks people into making him the most powerful man in the world. You'll see won'tcha? Uh, again..?
In three years you'll all be wondering where your country went. Let's hope they don't use nuclear weapons hm?
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