Tuesday, March 18, 2008

It’s The Vision Thing Stupid!

Wolf Britzer immediately went back to framing the Obama speech on race today in Philadelphia in the context of the beloved media, and especially CNN, horse race narrative. Something about how it will hurt him or helped him get the white votes he’ll need to be elected president. Meanwhile Patrick Buchanan over on MSNBC was mumbling something about the speech really being not enough like the Obama denunciation and rejection of Louis Farrakhan.

For God sake the speech was about the need for more progress towards real brotherhood and reaching our common goal of fulfilling our dreams as one nation and people that are blocked by our racism and misunderstanding about race and gender.

Obama outlined his speech in the context of the calling to our attention, courageously, the 300-pound gorilla that is in the room created by the deep seated racism, gender bias and hatred that continues to divide all of us and hold us back from creating a more perfect union.
"But race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America - to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality."
One of the basic themes of the Obama campaign from the beginning has been that for far to long the political atmosphere in this country has been based on a divisive political template of dividing and conquering got ya politics, limited selective controversy, or race gender based politics. The media’s mindset is completely geared to this model. Creating conflicts instead of common ground, argument, taking off the gloves moments instead of solutions or conciliation, ratings rather then understanding. I’m convinced that few talking heads or so called experts really understand the nature of Obama’s new political vision, or are stuck in continuing to frame everything in the same old divisive contexts and themes.

His candidacy was also about building a cross section of Democrats, Independents and willing Republicans of all races into a workable majority so that we can finally get something done politically. Instead of the divisions and gridlock of the past, sustainable political progress based on a new covenant with the electorate.

This is the one aspect of the Obama message that the average Clinton supporter doesn’t understand or rejects. Apparently still fixed on continuing the same old divisive political wars of the past. The same old same old, them versus us battles that make up the Clinton style and defined their past tenure in the White House and that will limit their ability to build coalitions needed to get elected or make government work.

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