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Friday, February 08, 2008

The Audacity of Hope

I haven't read The Audacity of Hope yet, but put it on my wish list. I did, however, recently read this quote from the book, which I thought was powerful and wanted to share it with you:

"They are out there, I think to myself, those ordinary citizens who have grown up in the midst of all the political and cultural battles, but who have found a way-in their own lives at least- to make peace with their neighbors, and themselves. I imagine the white Southerner who growing up heard his dad talk about niggers this and niggers that but who has struck up a friendship with the black guys at the office and is trying to teach his own son different, who believes discrimination is wrong but doesn't see why the son of a black doctor should get into law school ahead of his own son. Or the former Black Panther who decided to go into real estate, bought a few buildings in the neighborhood, and is just as tired of the drug dealers in front of those buildings as he is of the bankers who won't give him a loan to expand his business. There's the middle-aged feminist who still mourns her abortion, and the Christian woman who paid for her teenage daughter's abortion, and the millions of waitresses and temp secretaries and Wal Mart associates who hold their breath every single month in the hope that they'll have enough money to support the children they did bring into the world. I imagine they are waiting for a politics with the maturity to balance idealism and realism, to distinguish between what can and cannot be compromised, to admit the possibility that the other side might sometimes have a point. They don't always understand the arguments between right and left, conservative and liberal, but they recognize the difference between dogma and common sense, responsibility and irresponsibility, between those things that last and those things that are fleeting. They are out there, waiting for Republicans and Democrats to catch up with them." --Barack Obama

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