Hope, Change and Political Rhetoric we can believe in

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

And so tomorrow, as we take this campaign South and West; as we learn that the struggles of the textile worker in Spartanburg are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas; 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 America’s story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea – Yes. We. Can.
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This is stirring rhetoric! This is fantastic! Praise the Lord! Reasonable people do not take it seriously, but I for one am helpless against it. It is so full of hope, expectation, faith, portence and confidence as well as historical reference that I can not help but smile when I read it. This kind of language is so over the top it is almost poetry. In fact it is the lyrics to a song already. This speech has been ripped to shreads by performing artists, so I feel no reluctance to publish it here.

It also represents a very rare occasion in which I have actually endorsed a political figure so blatantly. Few things will really change and even fewer of these changes will be noticed in Europe by me, whoever wins this election. But if we are to be treated to this kind of lingo even once a year, then the man who delivers it should be elected. I can not wait for his acceptance speech. The weight of its historical importance is so heavy it might cause geological damage.


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