Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Road Less Traveled By

This speech will be talked about for decades to come. It will be taught in universities. It will be remembered as a pivotal moment in a country's history. I hope it is remembered as a road taken, not an opportunity missed. The transcript is here, and an extract is below:

"We can play Reverend Wright’s sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies.

"We can do that. But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change. That is one option.

"Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, 'Not this time.'"

Take the road less traveled this time, America, because here is the astonishing news: "At 11:00 on a Tuesday, a prominent politician spoke to Americans about race . . . as though they were adults" (Jon Stewart).

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
From "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.

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1 comment:

  1. What's interesting aboout this quote is that it really says nothing. Obama has said what we can do... then he offers what his perception of what we should do... "say not this time"...
    He doesn't offer anything else other to say "Not this time."

    I'll give him that he's articulate. He's smart. He's addicting... but if an intellegent being listens long enough, he really says nothing.

    He's campaign proclaims "Yes we can!"
    Can what?
    Hope for what?
    "For change...Change We Can Believe In"
    As opposed to the unbelieveable change?Is this change for better or worse?
    It's easy to confuse change with improvement. I find that those who are of the Liberal Persuasion tend to run on "feeling" instead of "fact".
    What feels right at the time, should be right? Right?
    It's only after all the facts are revealed and the history given, that the facts , if they are truly digested, change the heart.
    If we choose to deceive ourselves, we will make rationalizations for ourselves and those in whom we belive.
    If we say we have no sin, then we lie and the truth is not in us.