This speech was one for the ages folks. The most beautifully crafted, intelligent speech I have ever heard in my 41 years on this earth. I am sure that most of those who will read this will feel the same way. The Senator was tough. He was strong. He was certain. He made more policy points than I thought he would, I vaguely remember a talking head on television, Olbermann if i remember correctly, say 29 of them. I believe him.
The junior Senator from Illinois called McCain out on a number of topics. Sen. Obama Pointed out rather deftly that McCain said he would follow Bin Laden to the gates of hell but wouldn’t follow him to his cave. You McCain supporters out there might not believe that, but several months ago Barack Obama said if he had precise knowledge on where Bid Laden was, even if it was in Pakistan, a nation friendly to us, that he would send the military after him, and it was John McCain who said that was wrong, it isn’t right to breach another country’s border like that.
He took McCain’s judgment to task, and echoed the points that had been made countless times throughout the convention that it was John McCain who had voted for Bush Policies over 90% of the time, policies which have failed this country and it’s people. How can you talk of another’s judgment when your own is faulty, when your own shows a real lack of judgment. There’s nothing maverick about being a follower.
He made a point of showing that 95% of Americans will get a tax cut under an Obama administration. Only the Super rich will pay more in taxes.
He said that he will cut costs by making government smaller, by getting rid of government programs that don’t work.
He said…..Ya know, maybe I should let you hear the man in his own words. Read the entire transcript here:
Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology.
Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work.
That’s the promise of America the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper.
That’s the promise we need to keep. That’s the change we need right now. So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am President.
Change means a tax code that doesn’t reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.
Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.
I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.
I will cut taxes cut taxes for 95% of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class.
And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President: in ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.
Washington’s been talking about our oil addiction for the last thirty years, and John McCain has been there for twenty-six of them. In that time, he’s said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil as the day that Senator McCain took office.
Now is the time to end this addiction, and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution. Not even close.
This is one for the Ages from my perspective folks. He delineated the ideas and ideals of both the American people and the Democratic party, and wove them together so seamlessly that the two, as a great many of us democrats already see it, can be clearly seen as one and the same.
Here’s another portion of the speech. He shows real strength here while also showing off a genuine weakness of both The Bush administration and John McCain, Foreign Policy:
You don’t defeat a terrorist network that operates in eighty countries by occupying Iraq. You don’t protect Israel and deter Iran just by talking tough in Washington. You can’t truly stand up for Georgia when you’ve strained our oldest alliances. If John McCain wants to follow George Bush with more tough talk and bad strategy, that is his choice but it is not the change we need.
We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don’t tell me that Democrats won’t defend this country. Don’t tell me that Democrats won’t keep us safe. The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans — Democrats and Republicans have built, and we are here to restore that legacy.
As Commander-in-Chief, I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will only send our troops into harm’s way with a clear mission and a sacred commitment to give them the equipment they need in battle and the care and benefits they deserve when they come home.
He was emotional, intelligent, strong, and gave America a grand vision of it’s future with an Obama Administration. In front of 80,000+ at Invesco field, and in front tens of millions on television and on the web, he made a powerful case that he is the best man for the job of President of the United States of America.
Well done Senator, Well Done.