Friday, February 08, 2008

Yes, We Can

I may be the last person on earth to have seen the Yes I Can video, but if you haven't seen it, you might want to check it out. While I've clearly stated my favoritism of Obama in past posts, my interest in this video goes well beyond Obama-love. It goes to the heart of the message, which is that if enough people speak up, if enough people take a stand, if enough people refuse to be silenced, change can and WILL happen.

I believe that Obama's message goes beyond politics. It goes to the heart of our desire for a future that's better than the present circumstance, whatever that may be for each of us. Whether you fall to the left or the right, or fall somewhere in between, this desire is the same. The good news is, change can happen. It happened yesterday and it can happen today. And Obama reminds us of this, just as Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, and so many others have.

It's this kind of inspired hope that has been missing in our 21st Century world filled with poverty and violence and hunger and sickness. But, as Obama says, "nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change," whatever that change may be. That is where we have the freedom. We can stand up and speak out for whatever issue it is that weighs heavy on our hearts. And we can gather together with others who feel the same. And as we come together, with hope and a message, we will see things move, we will experience change.

Yes, we can.

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