zondag, januari 27, 2008

Obama: Yes. We. Can.

Barack Obama, na Iowa nu South Carolina. Alweer kippenvel. Of hij de nominatie nou gaat winnen of niet, dit gaat over overtuigingskracht. Geloof in jezelf en de mensen om je heen.

Ik weet niet of hij betrouwbaar is. Bestaan er betrouwbare politici? Is dat mogelijk, integriteit in de politiek? Ik weet het allemaal niet. Ik weet wel dat dit mij raakt. "Yes we can." Drie woorden. Van een bevlogen man. En een zaal die dat ook vindt, gelooft, met hem.

We zullen zien. Misschien bestaat het echt. Misschien is cynisme inderdaad de grootste vijand. En zijn twijfel en angst dodelijk: niet durven geloven waartoe we in staat zijn, als we echt willen. Hij durft het in elk geval. Respect. Hieronder de tekst van het laatste deel van de speech.

The choice in this election is not between regions or religions or genders. It’s not about rich versus poor; young versus old; and it is not about black versus white.

It’s about the past versus the future.

It’s about whether we settle for the same divisions and distractions and drama that passes for politics today, or whether we reach for a politics of common sense, and innovation – a shared sacrifice and shared prosperity.

There are those who will continue to tell us we cannot do this. That we cannot have what we long for. That we are peddling false hopes.

But here’s what I know. I know that when people say we can’t overcome all the big money and influence in Washington, I think of the elderly woman who sent me a contribution the other day – an envelope that had a money order for $3.01 along with a verse of scripture tucked inside. So don’t tell us change isn’t possible.

When I hear the cynical talk that blacks and whites and Latinos can’t join together and work together, I’m reminded of the Latino brothers and sisters I organized with, and stood with, and fought with side by side for jobs and justice on the streets of Chicago. So don’t tell us change can’t happen.

When I hear that we’ll never overcome the racial divide in our politics, I think about that Republican woman who used to work for Strom Thurmond, who’s now devoted to educating inner-city children and who went out onto the streets of South Carolina and knocked on doors for this campaign. Don’t tell me we can’t change.

Yes we can change.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can seize our future.

And as we leave this state with a new wind at our backs, and take this journey across the country we love with the message we’ve carried from the plains of Iowa to the hills of New Hampshire; from the Nevada desert to the South Carolina coast; the same message we had when we were up and when we were down – that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we will hope; and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and fear, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people in three simple words:

Yes. We. Can.

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