Senator Obama, like our first President, George Washington, is coming into the presidency during an economic crisis in a time of war.
As the first Afro-American candidate for the presidency, he is charting a course for change amidst a very entrenched political arena.
Politics is about reputation and character. In 1791, John Fenno, of the Gazette of the United States, gushed that Alexander Hamilton, "is a star of the first magnitude in our political hemisphere." Is Senator Barack Obama also that star; or is he a comet burning brightly in the sky only to shine for a moment and then be extinguished?
According to Thomas Jefferson, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time." Obama is doing just that by inspiring thousands of Americans to get out for the first time to caucus and vote in the Primaries. He has created a great infrastructure across the nation in a short time by appealing to each of us to get involved. He has demonstrated by his leadership that his principles, words and actions are congruent.
Wanting a total change for both the common man and the elite in the Federal government, Barack is walking a tightrope between black/white, rich/poor, young and old. Since talent, skill and moral fortitude guide his judgment, I believe that he will not be a traitor to the truth to please anyone.
With formidable zeal for his country, accompanied by integrity and honesty, he promotes liberty and justice for all. His orations, charismatic personality and vocal advocacy for the rights of all, ignites the hope of the return of the government of the people, for the people and by the people.
Right now, something new is being offered. It is the possibility of opening up our narrow vision and untapped potential by believing, "YES WE CAN." As shown in his latest book, "Audacity of Hope", he is daring, decisive and audacious! He is used to taking huge risks and he is used to winning. Courage and intelligence dovetail with his ambition to obtain the consent of the whole people to elect him as the next President of the United States of America. He has enormous plans and knows how to kick them into gear. "FIRED UP AND READY TO GO."
Benjamin Franklin, who signed the petition for the abolition of slavery, said,"The noblest question in the world is, 'What good may I do in it." The primary concern of many of us is the national debt. What good may Obama do in it?
As in every conflict, the basic causes must be addressed and resolved. This is a national curse because it yields power to nations like China, who can demand payment without notice, thus putting the U.S. at great economic risk. As Thomas Jefferson said in the 1700s, "We will never be respected abroad until we have resolved our debtor status." Like black slavery three centuries ago, this enormous debt is a forbidden subject that must now be addressed. What better man to address and resolve it than Barack!
A creative statesman like Obama, can conciliate views. He identifies problems; brings all the relevant players to the table; asks what do we need to do about it; how do we fix it; listens; sorts out the solutions; organizes bi-partisan collaboration and then co-ordinates immediate action.
I believe that presidential candidate Obama can unite us and lead the way out of our economic crisis and bring an end to war.
Article written by Janet E. Collins,
Author of "One Path Home."