So someone who I will not name to protect them from personal ridicule they so evidently deserve, wanted to tell me that I was being unfair to Obama–That pragmatic realities had prevented him from carrying out his plans which would have worked if he didn’t have Republicans fighting him at every turn…First to the person who sent me this email: pal you need a great deal of psychiatric help, and perhaps a great deal of lithium if not something a bit more powerful. Second let’s take a look at how Obama never really had any real plans in his campaign, only meaningless rhetoric…and even in that meaningless there was reason to fear…and I’m indulging this email to point out that if Obama did have a plan and if he is actually carrying it out right now the realities or pragmatism (which never seem to bother him) have nothing to do with the policies he is pushing.
These are the words of President Barrack Obama from when he lost the New Hampshire primary to Hillary Clinton. In his concession, it becomes clear how this man sees people, the government, and the world. The first time I heard the words in a now oft’ repeated video on YouTube, I was stunned by them. I believe I literally said, “Damn, that is some good bullshit propaganda” it sounds inspiring, moving, hopeful (like the words of any successful tyrannical demagogue) but on a closer look we can see the errors inherent in them, and can see why we as a nation must make this the last time that “Yes we can” is a battle cry for the fearful and ignorant in America, and everything both New Agers and Conservatives should be against.
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Does anyone really believe it whenever a politician says that? This is not a critique of Obama, so much as it is of the entire phony system that is the democratic process. I don’t know about you, but irrespective of their policies, I am voting for the first person to say “Screw my idiot opponent and all of you who were so stupid as to vote for them, you can all go straight to hell for all I care.” You know that’s what they’re really thinking.
Senator Clinton on a hard-fought victory here in New Hampshire.
A few weeks ago, no one imagined that we’d have accomplished what we did here tonight. For most of this campaign, we were far behind, and we always knew our climb would be steep.
But in record numbers, you came out and spoke up for change. And with your voices and your votes, you made it clear that at this moment – in this election – there is something happening in America.
Something is happening in America, it’s true. The fact that Obama and McCain were the two candidates clearly says that there is something very, very, very wrong with the primary process. If you had sat down at the beginning of 2007 and said: Who would be the absolute two worst candidates who if they were elected would most go about ruining every facet of this country you know which two names you would have wound up with: McCain and Obama.
There is something happening when men and women in Des Moines and Davenport; in Lebanon and Concord come out in the snows of January to wait in lines that stretch block after block because they believe in what this country can be.
Although one might want to keep in mind there is a significant difference between what can be…and what should be.
There is something happening when Americans who are young in age and in spirit – who have never before participated in politics (that’s what I love to hear, people with no experience or education are the ones who are choosing the course of the country… makes you really rethink that whole voting at the age of 18 thing doesn’t it)– turn out in numbers we’ve never seen because they know in their hearts that this time must be different.
Ah, the repeated call for change. The heart and soul of every liberal movement for the last 2,000 years—the good ones as well as the bad ones. Change is good. Change is needed where something is wrong. But, in itself, change is not a virtue. Change can be destructive and violent and counterproductive. And history has often shown that when all you wish for is change, you will regret getting exactly what you want with all the brutal effectiveness of a wish on a monkey’s paw.
There is something happening when people vote not just for the party they belong to but the hopes they hold in common – that whether we are rich or poor; black or white; Latino or Asian; whether we hail from Iowa or New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina, we are ready to take this country in a fundamentally new direction. That is what’s happening in America right now. Change is what’s happening in America.
Take America in a fundamentally new direction. Because the last hundred years of growth, with the significant growth of the middle class, the expansion of liberty around the world, the Civil Rights movement, Women’s Liberation, and the, albeit slow, growth of acceptance of homosexuality in American culture, was the wrong direction? Now I can easily make an argument that some of these things are moving at the wrong speed, or shamefully were too long in the coming, but I fail to see how these movements are in the wrong direction. Now if he wanted to talk about reversing our slow descent into socialism that might be okay, but I don’t think that’s what he meant either.
You can be the new majority who can lead this nation out of a long political darkness – Democrats, Independents and Republicans who are tired of the division and distraction that has clouded Washington; who know that we can disagree without being disagreeable; who understand that if we mobilize our voices to challenge the money and influence that’s stood in our way and challenge ourselves to reach for something better, there’s no problem we can’t solve – no destiny we cannot fulfill.
For someone who claims his education was as a Constitutional Lawyer, this man seems hopelessly clueless of the fact that the Founders literally designed the system to be filled with “division and distraction.” Active, efficient government is always the sign of tyranny, and it’s always bad news for everybody who isn’t in the government because it makes everyone a slave to the state. But apparently it is too much to hope that Barrack knows politics, history, or well, anything. It’s why he picked Biden as his running mate; by comparison his own intellectual inadequacies don’t show up as much.
Our new American majority can end the outrage of unaffordable, unavailable health care in our time.
All of which has primarily been caused by government regulations and interference.
We can bring doctors and patients; workers and businesses, Democrats and Republicans together; and we can tell the drug and insurance industry that while they’ll get a seat at the table, they don’t get to buy every chair. Not this time. Not now.
How about not having a table and let the market take care of itself?
Our new majority can end the tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas and put a middle-class tax cut into the pockets of the working Americans who deserve it.
Yes, lets stop shipping goods and jobs overseas, ending economic growth around the world, encouraging lower education in America to fill these low end jobs that nobody over here wanted, and not to mention higher prices for everything! Thanks Barrack, I was really finding low prices for most goods to be very annoying.
We can stop sending our children to schools with corridors of shame and start putting them on a pathway to success.
Given how much the teacher’s unions donated to you, I seriously doubt it.
We can stop talking about how great teachers are and start rewarding them for their greatness.
Take it from someone in the trenches; most of them aren’t so great.
We can do this with our new majority.
Fascinating that numbers and not ethics makes something right.
We can harness the ingenuity of farmers and scientists; citizens and entrepreneurs to free this nation from the tyranny of oil and save our planet from a point of no return.
(oh it’s just to easy hit him on anything dealing with oil)
And when I am President, we will end this war in Iraq and bring our troops home; we will finish the job against al Qaeda in Afghanistan;
And I’m sure al Qaeda will be wonderfully accommodating and stay in Afghanistan, it’s not like they’ve ever gone to Iraq before…oh wait…and I’m sure they won’t ever go back if there is no one there to stop them. No, no reason whatsoever to believe they would go where we’re not.
we will care for our veterans; we will restore our moral standing in the world;
By retreating and letting the bad guys take over?
and we will never use 9/11 as a way to scare up votes,
in exactly the way this clause just did
because it is not a tactic to win an election, it is a challenge that should unite America and the world against the common threats of the twenty-first century: terrorism and nuclear weapons; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease.
I’m a little confused how 9/11 is a challenge to deal with anything like climate change…and I can kind of see how poverty creates desperation and envy, which creates hatred, which helps to create terrorists, but since Barrack just claimed he is going to stop the shipment of all jobs across the seas, don’t expect their poverty to end any time soon. And exactly how is leaving Iraq going to confront terrorists when I thought the terrorists were in Iraq…or were evil camel spiders the ones responsible for killing all the people in Iraq?
All of the candidates in this race share these goals. All have good ideas. And all are patriots who serve this country honorably.
Were we looking at the same list of candidates during the primaries? It was more a bunch of idiots for both parties (with only a single exception for both parties, neither of whom got the nomination).
But the reason our campaign has always been different is because it’s not just about what I will do as President, it’s also about what you, the people who love this country, can do to change it.
Did he just say that if he fails its not his fault, but the fault of the American people? I know politicians like shifting blame, but blaming someone for your failure as a President even before you have the nomination is a little new to me.
That’s why tonight belongs to you. It belongs to the organizers and the volunteers and the staff who believed in our improbable journey and rallied so many others to join.
Here’s a literary reference to look up on Google: “Wizard’s First Rule”. Look up the phrase and see what comes up.
We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change.
A truth every German Jew in the late 1930’s knew all too well.
We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come.
I never said you couldn’t implement the policies you’re advocating; I’m just arguing you shouldn’t. But Barrack has a major problem with the ideas of “can” and “should.” But like most demagogues he only believes that might makes right; that what is popular—notice his repeated call for majority and numbers of people—is what is right. A through and through populist who is only concerned with amassing power and using it, not with doing what is right.
We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.
Goddamn, that is a great line! Means absolutely nothing, but is sounds great. It’s like “we are the ones we have been waiting for” has absolutely no substance to it whatsoever, but even I have to admit, as far as propaganda designed to inspire emotions in the masses goes, this outdoes anything Goebbels could have written.
For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.
Yes we can.
Americans are actually more given to moral statements like, “Yes we should.” American mentality is often a ‘to hell with what we can do, we should do this even though it stands no chance of success’. “Yes we should” is the call of morality and ethics and right. “Yes we can” is the call of the opportunist and power hungry. Think about it, imagine a “B” movie where the victim of the villain cries out, “what gives you the right to do this,” the villain always responds “because I can.”
Yes we can.
It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.
Yes we can.
Barrack apparently has problems with reading. After all, I’ve read the Declaration of Independence a lot. And it has nothing about ‘yes we can.’ In fact words like “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” (translation: we’re praying to god that we don’t get killed) and the fact that the Colonial Army under Washington was being driven out of New York, I’m pretty sure the signers were rather doubtful of whether or not they could…it was more that they should. Jefferson saying that about rebellion “it is their right, it is their duty” says nothing about can, and everything about should. Should: an ethical decision. Can: the mentality of might makes right.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom through the darkest of nights.
Yes we can.
Again, it’s been a while since I’ve read a lot of abolitionist literature, but I recall most of their arguments being phrased in terms of morality and ethics, rather than pragmatics.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can.
Really, Barrack, are you really using our country’s darkest hour of genocide of an entire indigenous population and ecological rape as an example of what your Presidency will be like? Oh how I don’t look forward to the next few years.
It was the call of workers who organized;
Yes, and unions worked out so well in the long run.
women who reached for the ballot;
I’ve got no snide remarks for this one.
a President who chose the moon as our new frontier;
And who actually did remarkably little as a President other than look pretty and get his head blown off on film. Being popular is easy when you’re a martyr. Oh, he also drastically lowered the tax rates…are you going to do that Barrack?
and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Is it just me, or does Obama have a really high image of himself to compare himself with these two men?
Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
We can, we just won’t under the Obama Presidency.
Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair this world.
In this particular case is anyone else afraid the cure may be worse than the disease? Further, is it just me or has there not been a single substantive policy listed in this speech (or more accurately anywhere in the entire campaign)?
Yes we can.
That’s what I’m afraid of.
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;
Apparently anyone with a white-collar job is not being allowed into this movement–a minor fact that does not bode well for anybody’s checkbook.
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.
I actually agree with Barrack that his presidency will be the beginning of the next great chapter of American history…because every great triumph usually begins with an equally great disaster, generally started by fools who mix up yes we can with yes we should, that needs to be fixed.
Can this disaster of a presidency be the starting point of a reduction in government interference? Can the loss of liberties and prosperity that will be seen over the next four years be the start of a new wave of liberty and prosperity in the world?
Yes it can, but more importantly, yes it should.