Personally, I've always "gotten" Obama's message of change, but all Democrats haven't felt the same.
(I half-suspect that some Democrats who said they didn't "get it," didn't really want to get it. Also, some people are inherently uncomfortable with the notion of change.)
Now, though, Barack Obama is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic party. And we need to band together to stop another four years of Bush policies of fear and cynicism, albeit under Sen. John McCain.
In his uplifting primary races victory speech on June 3, 2008, Sen. Obama was quite specific about what change means to him:
"It's not change when John McCain decided to stand with George Bush ninety-five percent of the time, as he did in the Senate last year...
"Change is a foreign policy that doesn't begin and end with a war that should've never been authorized and never been waged...
"Change is realizing that meeting today's threats requires not just our firepower, but the power of our diplomacy...
"Change is building an economy that rewards not just wealth, but the work and workers who created it."
It's worth your while to take a few minutes to carefully read and consider the ideas put forth in Barack Obama's Primary Season Victory Speech.
To help you further understand what Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama means by change, I've pulled together specifics of his policy proposals and plans on a number of issues:
- Obama 101: Ending the Iraq War
- Obama 101: Health Care
- Obama 101: Education Reform
- Obama 101: Energy & the Environment
- Obama 101: Immigration Reform
- Obama 101: Civil Liberties & Rights
- Obama 101: The Economy for Middle-Class Americans
I promise more Obama 101 issues articles to come as we move forward into the general election campaign.
Sen. Obama proclaimed in his wise victory speech that "this is the time... to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face."
I find his ideas for policy changes to be pragmatic, intelligent and upholding of America's best ideals, standards and rich historical traditions. Take a read, and let me know what you think.
(Photo taken on June 3, 2008 while Sen. Obama was delivering his primary season victory speech: Scott Olson/Getty Images)