Thursday, November 1, 2007

One voice - It's a Strong Voice - Use it

Fired up! Ready to go!

It’s the rally cry for the Obama campaign. I haven’t decided who will get my vote in 2008. I’m exploring my options, which is how I stumbled on this video. I’m impressed. I watched a clip that was twice as long where he told the story of his rally cry at the end. I choose this one because it’s just the story. Then I ran across a Wall Street Journal entry denouncing his use of it. But that’s the media climate we live in.

The thing I love about Barack Obama is his ability to focus on the future, to ignite a positive vision of the United States in the hearts of the listener. We need inspired people who believe in the power of one voice running our country. Should it be this candidate or someone else? That’s for you to decide.

He says over and over in the clips I watched that we all matter during this pivotal time in our history. For the most part, our citizenry has been lulled into a state of complacency and apathy. I’m finally waking up and realizing that my voice, my vote, my opinion counts. I can speak up and start the chant. Others will join in, then more and more until we have a clear shift in consciousness – and that translates into policy changes and a better life for all on our fragile planet.

What is important to you? What issues are you passionate about but think that no one will listen? When did you decide that you didn’t matter? These questions are on my mind because in fourteen days there will be a major debate between the Democratic candidates and it’s being held just miles from my house. This time, during this election will I do something different? Will I care enough to go and see for myself what my country has to offer?

Yes…I wish I hadn’t waited so long to see my own power and understand what it means. Our founding fathers understood and were willing to die for the right (theirs and mine, so many generations later) to be integral part of their country. I can, at the very least, drive across town and pay attention.

Then in January, I will participate in my state caucus because it is an honor and privilege to do so.

I’m fired up and ready to go!

4 comments:

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi Lisa,
I too have not figured out who I will vote for. Barack Obabma is an intriguing choice for many reasons, but I will wait for the race to get a bit tighter for the candidates who have a chance to stand out. Yes, one vote does count. If anyone doubts this, think back to the 2000 election debacle and all of those "hanging chads." That's a term I hoped to never see in print or hear again, and I heard it on the radio yesterday morning. Some newscaster was trying to be funny. This will be an interesting election, because the country might have a chance to have a series of presidents named Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton...in that order. Thanks for the interesting post.

~Mike~ (Mr. Grudge)

Lisa McGlaun said...

Mike,

I'm concerned about that too..the issue of uncounted, miscounted, or tampered with votes. Hopefully, that won't be the case.

As an update, I just called to get tickets to the debate. They don't make it easy on a girl..lol. I put in requests for tickets for all the voting age members of my household. I'll know next week if we will get in.

I'm crossing my fingers.

Thanks for the comment, again, always insightful and always welcome.

Sincerely,
Lisa

Elaine said...

Hi Lisa,
Like many I also am undecided. This election goes across party lines. I think the American people are so disenfranchised with politics they will truly go with their heart, not the party. From every political show/analysist I hear the overwhelming consensus is Hillary Clinton will be our next president.

Elaine

Lisa McGlaun said...

Dear Elaine,

I find it very disheartening and maddening that the media has already decided who will be the next president when not a single vote has been cast..and won't be until January..and even those are caucus votes.

I think the current climate discourages people from getting involved. Why bother to listen to all the candidates? We've already been told who will win.

You are right about what is being said. No one has my vote yet and I hope they don't all get discouraged and drop out because the mass media says the contest is over.

Thanks so much for commenting. You couldn't be more correct that this is an important election that will have people crossing party lines left and right.

Peace,
Lisa