He is already the leader in our nation. The legal recognition of that leadership will be when he is elected President this November 4th!
I was so captivated by Senator Clinton's speech, President Bill Clinton's speech, South Carolina Representative James Clyburn 's speech, Senator Joe Biden's VP acceptance speech, and most especially, long-time Civil Rights activist and current(since 1987) 5th-District Representative John Lewis, of Atlanta.
Hear his "...Down-payment on the fulfillment of a Dream."
All of it was a warm-up for the speech which Senator "Barack the house" (my term for his seizing of the historic moment, and his ability to absolutely enthrall the audience) Obama gave, on Thursday night....
I was rather surprised the speech Thursday had little of the soaring language with which I've come to associate Senator Obama . No complaints here, I think Senator Obama decided it was much more important to be practical, and outline in detail all the ways in which he will address the many, many problems he'll inherit, once he's President of the United States.And he did so, brilliantly. Before the largest audience in the history of convention-speeches (not to mention the 60 million or so watching at home), he addressed all the issues on which he differs dramatically from Senator McCain. Gay rights, Abortion, Gun rights,Global warming/Climate Crisis etc....and I kept thinking, he's doing precisely what he's been saying he'd do: by illustrating where he stands, and then attempting to find "common ground", he's ALREADY reaching across the aisle. Any Republican or Independent or Libertarian, or Green Party member watching Thursday night would have to be blind, deaf and dumb not to see what is obvious: this is a man of such courage, that he is willing to speak directly to issues which are controversial--and detail his non-wavering, steadfast opinions on them--and he is of such character, that he is willing to listen to others' viewpoints and then work to find common ground, so goals may be reached.
Only the most hardcore of Fundamentalist-Christians(and some in that camp aren't going to vote at all; I'm certain we'll soon read that many of their women-folk will refuse to vote for a ticket that contains a woman on it, or to quote my extremely Fundamentalist cousin in Florida, Cheryl B., "I'd never vote for a woman, they're too emotional."(She said this in an e-mail railing against Obama and Hilary, only a few months ago, kids--that's right--in 2008, there are still people--nice, well-meaning folks who believe a woman cannot lead!!).
The Right-Wing Robots(listeners of talk-radio who let Sean Hannity,Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh and lately, even Neal Boortz(he manages to support gay rights, though his views are ugly, and knee-jerk on most other issues!) do their thinking for them) will be voting for someone else, this November.
Those of us who read, those of us with critical thinking skills, those of us with a measure of empathy (for our country--for our "brothers and sisters" as Senator Obama intoned Thursday night), those of us who know that as a country, we can do better, will be voting Democrat.