Saturday, November 1, 2008

Dear Mr. Obama

I totally did not expect the end where he walked away. I think this is one of the most powerful election videos I have seen in a while. It's not making some sort of conspiracy theory attacks on Obama, but hit his policy on Iraq and touches the heart of what it means to be an American.

The Declaration of Independence describes the rights given to us by God: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. One of the timeless truths about this statement is that it states "all men". Not just us American citizens, or the wealthy, or Christians. All men. It's an undeniable principle. Regardless of how we got in to Iraq (that's a different debate altogether), it doesn't change the fact that under a brutal dictator, the people of Iraq were denied rights given to them by God and our part in helping restore those rights is something of which we can be proud.

There is a line in the movie National Treasure referring to the Declaration of Independence: "People don't talk like that anymore." It's true, people don't talk like that anymore and those who do are mocked or suspected of an ulterior motive. Concepts like freedom, liberty, and life have been twisted by some as a sort of commodity that carries a price tag with a dollar value and we question how much it is worth. At the same time we are inundated with credit card commercials that tell us that a night a the opera or ballgame is priceless. It's no wonder we have a large population of people that don't get it.

Often, the price for securing our God given rights is life itself, and that is a price worth paying. You would think the community organizer would get it considering the struggles blacks in America had in obtaining their own liberties. I guess that defending human rights even after birth are still above his pay grade. At least he is consistent with that.

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