14 October 2008

I Want My Country Back

Image: Todd Heisler/New York Times

October 4, Philadelphia:

"I've spent 35 years writing about America, its people, and the meaning of the American Promise. The Promise that was handed down to us, right here in this city from our founding fathers, with one instruction: Do your best to make these things real. Opportunity, equality, social and economic justice, a fair shake for all of our citizens, the American idea, as a positive influence, around the world for a more just and peaceful existence. These are the things that give our lives hope, shape, and meaning. They are the ties that bind us together and give us faith in our contract with one another...

"...In my job, I travel the world, and occasionally play big stadiums, just like Senator Obama. I've continued to find, wherever I go, America remains a repository of people's hopes, possibilities, and desires, and that despite the terrible erosion to our standing around the world, accomplished by our recent administration, we remain, for many, a house of dreams. One thousand George Bushes and one thousand Dick Cheneys will never be able to tear that house down.

"They will, however, be leaving office, dropping the national tragedies of Katrina, Iraq, and our financial crisis in our laps. Our sacred house of dreams has been abused, looted, and left in a terrible state of disrepair. It needs care; it needs saving, it needs defending against those who would sell it down the river for power or a quick buck. It needs strong arms, hearts, and minds. It needs someone with Senator Obama's understanding, temperateness, deliberativeness, maturity, compassion, toughness, and faith, to help us rebuild our house once again. But most importantly, it needs us. You and me. To build that house with the generosity that is at the heart of the American spirit. A house that is truer and big enough to contain the hopes and dreams of all of our fellow citizens. That is where our future lies. We will rise or fall as a people by our ability to accomplish this task. Now I don't know about you, but I want that dream back, I want my America back, I want my country back.

"So now is the time to stand with Barack Obama and Joe Biden, roll up our sleeves, and come on up for the rising."

You can watch the entire 42 minutes here, if you haven't already done so.
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maudkristina said...

Bruce, dear Bruce. Hope, poetry, dreaming in the real world.

thank you so much for the link :)

Hillbilly said...

it's really comforting in a way, to know that there is someone who can articulate this in a common way, and helps us to realize that we are not utterly alone.

Anne said...

Yes Bruce, you're the man!
...and thanks for the link, sir Billy :)

Anonymous said...

I Want My Country Back is about freedom. Freedom to believe in God, or not to believe in God.

We should honor every man's God given right to be free. No man is in authority over another. If you don't believe in God, then go ask the State what "your rights" are.


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