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Barack Obama passionately claimed last night that America was a "better country" than what we've seen under 8 years of Bush/Cheney. Better than the one whose executive branch leadership sat "on its hands while a major American city drown(ed) before our eyes."
"We are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight."
The Democratic candidate for president in 2008, the first black American ever to reach that pinnacle, demonstrated that he will fight for the country he loves and not allow it to fall under 4 more years of poor judgment like we've witnessed in the last eight....
"Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but, really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than 90 percent of the time?"
"I don't know about you, but I am not ready to take a 10 percent chance on change."
Obama stripped away the tissue paper facade of John McCain's maverickness in one sentence....
"The truth is, on issue after issue that would make a difference in your lives -- on health care, and education, and the economy -- Senator McCain has been anything but independent."
Out of touch....
"Now, I don't believe that Senator McCain doesn't care what's going on in the lives of Americans; I just think he doesn't know."
McCain, Obama said, subscribes to "that old, discredited Republican philosophy: Give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else.
In Washington, they call this the "Ownership Society," but what it really means is that you're on your own."
And then came what I thought was Barack Obama's finest line from last night's historic speech....
"Well, it's time for them to own their failure."
Truer words have never been spoken.
What Obama's change will look like....changing the tax code, no tax breaks for outsourcers, incentives for small business, tax cuts for 95% of Americans, 10 year goal for independence from middle eastern oil as part of a broad energy package, investments in early childhood education, an army of new teachers with new accountability standards, education credits for service to the nation, affordable health care for all, pension protection, equal pay for equal work.
Change paid for "by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens" and Obama's promise to "go through the federal budget line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less." A promise fiscal conservatives should appreciate.
Obama covered all the bases last night. On foreign policy, he shredded the credibility of McCain's macho promise to get Bin Laden.....
"John McCain likes to say that he'll follow bin Laden to the gates of Hell, but he won't even follow him to the cave where he lives."
"John McCain stands alone in his stubborn refusal to end a misguided war."
"The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans, Democrats and Republicans, have built, and we are here to restore that legacy."
Expanding on his 2004 theme, the Democratic candidate said...
"The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and independents, but they have fought together, and bled together, and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a red America or a blue America; they have served the United States of America.
So I've got news for you, John McCain: We all put our country first."
To those cynical of Obama as a far left liberal Trojan horse and a "happy talker".....
"If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things."
Barack Obama, in one of most powerful speeches ever given by a presidential candidate, directed Americans attention to the "American promise".....that we are all in this together, "together our dreams can be one",and that America still is the world's last great hope....if we will only take it back this November.
Not bad for a skinny black kid from Hawaii.
Give America a chance.....vote Obama.