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Full Speed to Port!

Posted: June 11, 2008 2:16 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2008 5:02 a.m.
All of America owes the Democratic National Party a deep debt of gratitude. That's because, after a tough campaign and much soul-searching, Democrats have said, "Yes we can!" and have shut the door on dynasty politics.

They've decided for America what America should have known to decide eight years ago. It's not a good thing to have a Bush followed by a Clinton followed by a Bush ... and worse still, followed by a Clinton again.

No, it isn't. Not if you want to encourage real, actual change and progress. Progress means moving forward, not tying ourselves to legacies of the past.

Can much else be more damaging to democracy than a nation continually enslaving itself to political cronies and operatives shacked up with just two of its famous families?

America is stagnant. Stagnant of thought and stagnant of action. Stuck in the mud. Same old people, same old ideas, same friction from the same vested interests grinding their same bloody damn agenda against progress for the common American public. We're not just stale anymore, we're full-blown rancid with the nasty old meat hanging from the Beltway.

America needs "real change we can believe in." Indeed! "Yes, we do!"

From the start, few thought Democrats would have the guts to pull it off. Hillary was too anointed, too appointed - too expected to be elected.

But along comes this confident outspoken newcomer ... this American oddity. Not quite black. Not quite white. Not quite rich. No longer poor. And with a very ironic name, current events considered. But oh, so very bright - so energetic, and above all else, so full of promise.

Promise to set America on a new course; promise to turn the page on a government ruled by special interests. Promise to reset priorities and refocus America again on her people - here at home, above anything else.

Promise to bring us back as one people, one America. As Barack says, "Not white America, not black America, Not Asian or Mexican America ... but one America. E Pluribus Unum: From many, one."
And ahhhh, what a refreshing change, to hear a candidate articulate with soaring, inspiring elocution, rather than bumbling with boring, conspiring syntax.

Yes, George Bush was that bad and evil of a speaker. He shamed our national sense of literacy and intelligence - while concurrently manipulating our submission to agendas of our own demise.

But our properly educated newcomer arrives with new people and new ideas and new ways. He fought with a new kind of campaign and a new kind of finance that disempowered special interests and empowered ordinary citizens.

And through insight and inspiration, he beat what might have been the most venerable political machine we've seen in generations. Hillary may have been competent, hard working, motivating and, to some, maybe even deserving.

But after eight years of a dreadfully awful, destructive presidency, Americans - at least those of the Democrat flavor - want to resolutely turn the page on the past and move on to a new, more promising chapter for our beloved country.

The pendulum has swung. And it is, as I'm prone to say, moving "Full Speed to Port."

"It's the misplaced political loyalties, stupid!"

Democrats want to leave our past in the past, from whence it should never, ever return, and strongly reclaim America's rightful grand destiny and future. Sixteen years ago, Bill Clinton may have been good - his years were prosperous times. But redecorating Bush's Oval Office with old Clinton wallpaper wouldn't help America much when the very foundations of the White House are crumbling - at our current pivotal crossroads, either slumping toward national decline or reaching upward toward renewed potential - Democrats see a need for a new way for a grand new day.

So "Yes we did!" And good for all of us! Because Democrats braved real change, all of America, from sea to shining sea, will have the same opportunity to participate in historic and defining choice. With Hillary at the helm, the general election would have been either to tip-toe through Bill Clinton's third term, or to plod through derivatives of George Bush's sorry continuum.

It would have been a contest of the past vs. the past - just take your pick of what brand of past you prefer. Instead, newly Obamanized, America has one heck of an election coming up, with one heck of a contrast. Old school vs. new school. Old methods vs. new methods. Old players vs. new players. And quite literally, old vs. young.

The fun thing about this election is that most agree that come what may, we'll end up better than what we've got now. It can't get any worse! Our upside in 2009 is a matter of scale. The real question at our pivotal time is: "Do we dare truly change course and vote to claim a grand future? Or do we settle for incremental improvements in line with the gig we've already got? While McCain isn't McSame, he's surely McSimilar."

Barack Obama, conversely, will inspirationally change our course and direction. America, finally post racial divide, will instantly regain vast respect throughout the world. America, again committed to all Americans first, will quickly focus its economic and national might on rebuilding the homeland and strengthening its citizenry.

Either way, it's a hard road ahead. Bush has left a trail of tears through the world he's disrupted and destroyed. Hardships abound, and resources are constrained.

Fortunately, both these senators are sincere. Both have dedicated themselves with decades of service. And both come to the scene in 2008 committed to correct the nightmares we've subjected ourselves to. The big question: How much progress do you want, and will you make a leap of color and culture to get it?

Here's the betting line: Sam Danny at the Granary Square Starbucks says, "It's Obama in a landslide."

Says Sam, "You can't spin the war, you can't spin the economy, you can't spin gas prices, and you can't spin the housing crash."

"Obama is the sure bet for voters desperately longing for change."

Gary Horton lives in Valencia. His column reflects his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal.


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