Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Political Darkness

politics doesn't interest me very much but i love this barrack obama video i discovered on seobook last month.

Yes we can lyrics:

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

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.

That the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA. We will remember that there is something happening in America: that we are not as divided as our politics suggests, that we are one people, we are one nation, and 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. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can.

i must have watched it 20 times or more. i find it uplifting, just that repeated mantra. even more interesting are the comments, so many people use the word "inspiring." these are cynical times and people need someone to believe in. politicians tend not to be the sort of people to believe in or even believe half the time. usually they are terribly untrustworthy bunch (only beaten by web gurus), who would swap their own grandmother for a promotion, but obama seems better than the rest. maybe his pr dept is better than the rest (the cynic in me talking), but the speech this song was taken from was one of the best i've ever heard.

maybe it's the combination of the music and the edited words, a great speech, the refreshing new concept of a politician being positive rather than being negative about their opponent. maybe the art of politics has, in this instance, become something more pure: art. i don't know, but it's good and seems to touch people deep down. i'll end with this particularly moving comment (of the 62,202 and counting) from nygrandma:

I'm a 53 yo upstate NY woman who intentionally changed my party membership from Republican to Democrat for the ONLY reason so I can vote for Obama on Super Tuesday.
Not since I remember being a child during the Kennedy years (both Jack and Bobby), have I seen and felt such a profound emotion towards a politician.
This man DESERVES our support. This man DESERVES to be our next President.


Lever said...

"Yes We Can!"... that's from Bob the Builder, right? "Bob the Builder, can we fix it? Bob the Builder, YES WE CAN!" LOL

Sorry man, but those three words ARE Bob the Builder, but that's just my inner 5 year old talking.

Seriously though, B.O. is the man for the job. Someone said some time back that to have Hilary in the Whitehouse would simply be re-seating another dynasty back in power... We had 2x Bushes and then this would be 2x Clintons, so yeah, Obama would break the cycle. And he's real, genuine, honest... how can it not be Obama as the next US President?

Mike Dammann said...

I have to say that I agree with pretty much everything you've said. More than ever we need someone who can reunite Americans.

Richamation said...

Hi bulbboy, hope your doing well.

You got to love Obama, he's very David Palmer, my favorite fictitious president. I'm in two minds about him though. Look what he has to say about video games.

bah, he's probably right though. Lever's right though, he's been nicking his material from british children's television. Can he fix it.....?

Vicious Summer said...

I absolutely hate politics/politicians, and I can say this: Barrack is America's only hope to make real, positive changes.

Bulbboy said...

it seems that only sensible people read my blog, or at least comment.

Lever, nothing to do with Obama being a west ham fan? :D

Richamation, deep down you know he's right, especially with the release of grand theft auto 4. sensible/creative people can tell the difference, but there are too many bams (neds) about.

check out Obama's stance on net neutrality.

Mike Dammann said...

remember, the loudest one gets fed first. Never overanalyze, watch those who get it all and I would not be surprised if McCain gets the whole enchillada :)