I want to live in that more perfect Union!
I just watched Obama's speech for the second time today and am still completely amazed that someone running for office -- for president! -- could be so honest. I mean soul-baringly honest, about something so hard to talk about as race. He did it without one single platitude!
This really isn't meant as an electioneering post, I am just astonished and grateful that the political discussion in the US has moved to race, to such an open, honest, clear, thoughtful, realistic, loving, productive discussion about race. A lot of the political analysis is disappointing, but what can you expect? Political analysts today are trained to read the spin, and this was utterly without spin.
This campaign is changing everything. As a nation, as a society, I hope we can live up to this call to get together and get real about the problems that are facing us. Too long our politics has been all about appealing to the worst in our natures -- I want to live in a society that takes on its problems using the best we have to offer.