Behold: I take it you have seen and heard the speeches in which Obama orated about hope, change and "yes we can"?
Yep, and I was too young to remember it, but Martin Luther King Jr. orated that he "had a dream". He had some great ideas, too -- and no he wasn't perfect, but think what else he might have accomplished if he'd only had a chance.
Behold: ...but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.
If change is going to happen, there is only so much we can expect politicians to do. They can make laws, they can sponsor bills, but a lot of work and dedication will have to come from we, the people they represent. That's why he said, "Yes, we can," not "Yes, I can."
Behold: Obama is not seen by his admirers as a politician but as something holy.
I completely disagree with this. I don't see Obama as holy, nor do I know anyone who supports or voted for him who does. He's a politician, pure and simple, and I and many others felt he was a better choice for president than McCain -- and heaven forbid, Sarah Palin.
Behold: The truth is that, so far, Obama is nothing but words!
Not so. Obama passed legislation with Republican Senator Jim Talent to give gas stations a tax credit for installing E85 ethanol refueling pumps. He worked with law enforcement officials to require the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases, after a number of death-row inmates were found innocent. He worked with Sen. Paul Simon on legislation banning the personal use of campaign money by Illinois legislators and banning gifts from lobbyists. He created the Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income working families in 2000. On the Veterans' Affairs Committee, he fought to help Illinois veterans get the disability pay they were promised, and worked to prepare the VA for the return of the thousands of veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Before the current subprime disaster, introduced the STOP FRAUD Act to increase penalties for mortgage fraud and provide more protections for low-income homebuyers. He introduced the Patriot Employer Act of 2007 to provide a tax credit to companies that maintain their corporate headquarters in America and maintain or increase the number of full-time workers in America relative to those outside the US. He has worked hard in Illinois and Washington for women's health, helping to improve prenatal and premature birth services, creating a task force on cervical cancer, providing greater access to breast and cervical cancer screenings.
Those of us who voted for Obama didn't do so just because he speaks eloquently. We looked at the causes and issues he supports, and the things he has accomplished.
Behold: For twenty years Obama was part of Jeremiah Wrights racist church and listened to all the hate which that man spewed against the Jews and the rich White America.
Beyond the sound bites on Fox News, have you actually read or listened to any of Wright's comments? His most controversial quotes come from a sermon he has given many times over the years, "Confusing God and Government". Wright's message in the sermon is that governments lie, change and fail, but God and Jesus do not -- and he lists what he considers to be lies and failures of the US Government. He says some things that are very harsh, some things that are inflammatory and purely speculation -- and some things that are very, very true. Just very hard to listen to. And have you noticed that almost no African American religious leaders have stepped up to condemn him? Because a lot of his points hold water, and on those points, many agree with him.
His mistrust of the American government is rooted in the past, but in many actual events. Ever hear of the Tuskegee Experiment? Starting in 1932, for about 40 years, almost 400 black men with syphilis were enrolled in a health study to be treated for "bad blood." They were never told they had syphilis and were not treated for it because the doctors wanted to do autopsies on men who died with the disease. They used those men as human guinea pigs. Is it any wonder black America mistrusts the US Government?