Wondering Why Obama? No “Fear”

This is it for me – as politically-minded as I intend to get towards the blogspohere for this Super Tuesday. Vote your heart – or withhold your vote based on your heart. It’s all good, right?

This time around, for right now at least, I’m drawn to the Obama candidacy. Bob at The Corner posted this morning on something Michael Chabon wrote for the Washington Post, and it comes close to filling in the "why" for me – we focus too much on fear, and it’s time for that to change on more than just this one level. I like Chabon alot as an author and storyteller, and I think he gets to the heart of the matter for me so far in the election process. I’m going to pull the same quotes Bob did – they just fit for me, too:

The point of Obama’s candidacy is that the damaged state of American democracy is not the fault of George W. Bush and his minions, the corporate-controlled media, the insurance industry, the oil industry, lobbyists, terrorists, illegal immigrants or Satan. The point is that this mess is our fault. We let in the serpents and liars, we exchanged shining ideals for a handful of nails and some two-by-fours, and we did it by resorting to the simplest, deepest-seated and readiest method we possess as human beings for trying to make sense of the world: through our fear. America has become a phobocracy…

To support Obama, we must permit ourselves to feel hope, to acknowledge the possibility that we can aspire as a nation to be more than merely secure or predominant. We must allow ourselves to believe in Obama, not blindly or unquestioningly as we might believe in some demagogue or figurehead but as we believe in the comfort we take in our families, in the pleasure of good company, in the blessings of peace and liberty, in any thing that requires us to put our trust in the best part of ourselves and others. That kind of belief is a revolutionary act. It holds the power, in time, to overturn and repair all the damage that our fear has driven us to inflict on ourselves and the world.

And when we all wake up on Nov. 5, 2008, to find that we have made Barack Obama the president of the United States, the world is already going to feel, to all of us, a little different, a little truer to its, and our, better nature. It is part of the world’s nature and of our own to break, ruin and destroy; but it is also our nature and the world’s to find ways to mend what has been broken. We can do that. Come on. Don’t be afraid.

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