Yes we can

Presidenttejä tehdään isoilla ajatuksilla ja toiveilla paremmasta tulevaisuudesta.

West Wing-sarja loi kuvaa maailmasta, jossa johtajat kantavat huolta maailman tilasta ja ovat oikeasti rakentamassa parempaa maailmaa meille kaikille. Sarja valoi uskoa tuhansiin katsojiin ympäri maailman, jättäen varjoon tosielämän poliitikot ja kamppailut vallasta sekä rikkauksista. Se sai ihmiset uskomaan ja luottamaan, siitä huolimatta että republikaanit olivat vallassa ja todellisuus näytti erilaiselta.

Usko ja toivo voivat nostaa meidät ylös arjesta – ja antaa meille voimia olla niitä ihmisiä, joita haluaisimme olla.

Barak Obamalla on mahdollisuus muuttaa maailmaa ja saada ihmiset uudestaan uskomaan parempaan huomiseen. Kyse ei ole vain vaaleista amerikassa, vaan uskosta pieneen ihmiseen ja hyvyyden voittoon suurten vaikeuksien ja vastustuksen edessä. Ja jos ei muuta, niin Barak Obamalla on mahdollisuus innostaa, liikuttaa ja koskettaa ihmisiä todellisessa elämässä tavoilla, joilla Martin Sheenin hahmo – presidentti Bartlett – kosketti ja liikutti katsojia West Wingissä.

”We know the battle ahead will be long. But always remember that, no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics. And they will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks and months to come.

We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

For when we have faced down impossible odds, when we’ve been told we’re not ready or that we shouldn’t try or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation: Yes, we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail towards freedom through the darkest of nights: Yes, we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness: Yes, we can.

It was the call of workers who organized, women who reached for the ballot, a president who chose the moon as our new frontier, and a king who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the promised land: Yes, we can, to justice and equality.

Yes, we can, to opportunity and prosperity. Yes, we can heal this nation. Yes, we can repair this world. Yes, we can.

Together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story, with three words that will ring from coast to coast, from sea to shining sea: Yes, we can.”

Koska viimeksi olet kuullut mitään noin koskettavaa ja kaunista kamppailun hävinneeltä?

http://www.globalsoulpower.com/blogs/27/Obama-Delivers-Gracious-Concession-Speech-in-New-Hampshire-His-Message-Yes-We-Can.html

”It’s a status quo that extends beyond any particular party and right now that status quo is fighting back with everything it’s got, with the same old tactics that divide and distract us from solving the problems people face, whether those problems are health care that folks can’t afford or a mortgage they cannot pay.

So this will not be easy. Make no mistake about what we’re up against. We’re up against the belief that it’s all right for lobbyists to dominate our government, that they are just part of the system in Washington.

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We’re up against the conventional thinking that says your ability to lead as president comes from longevity in Washington or proximity to the White House. But we know that real leadership is about candor and judgment and the ability to rally Americans from all walks of life around a common purpose, a higher purpose.

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The change we seek has always required great struggle and great sacrifice. And so this is a battle in our own hearts and minds about what kind of country we want and how hard we’re willing to work for it.

So let me remind you tonight that change will not be easy. Change will take time. There will be setbacks and false starts and sometimes we’ll make mistakes.

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This election is about the past vs. the future. It’s about whether we settle for the same divisions and distractions and drama that passes for politics today or whether we reach for a politics of common sense and innovation, a politics of shared sacrifice and shared prosperity.

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This election is about the past vs. the future. It’s about whether we settle for the same divisions and distractions and drama that passes for politics today or whether we reach for a politics of common sense and innovation, a politics of shared sacrifice and shared prosperity.

There are those who will continue to tell us that we can’t do this, that we can’t have what we’re looking for, that we can’t have what we want, that we’re peddling false hopes. But here is what I know. I know that when people say we can’t overcome all the big money and influence in Washington, I think of that elderly woman who sent me a contribution the other day, an envelope that had a money order for $3.01 along with a verse of scripture tucked inside the envelope. So don’t tell us change isn’t possible. That woman knows change is possible.

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When I hear that we’ll never overcome the racial divide in our politics, I think about that Republican woman who used to work for Strom Thurmond, who is now devoted to educating inner city-children and who went out into the streets of South Carolina and knocked on doors for this campaign. Don’t tell me we can’t change.

Yes, we can. Yes, we can change. Yes, we can.

Yes, we can heal this nation. Yes, we can seize our future. And as we leave this great state with a new wind at our backs and we take this journey across this great country, a country we love, with the message we carry from the plains of Iowa to the hills of New Hampshire, from the Nevada desert to the South Carolina coast, the same message we had when we were up and when we were down, that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we will hope.

And where we are met with cynicism and doubt and fear and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of the American people in three simple words — yes, we can.”

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/01/26/obama.transcript/

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