Obama’s Movement Gaining Momentum

425obamabarack041807.jpg“We won north, we won south and we won in between,” Obama told a roaring crowd, referring to his victories over Washington and Nebraska. “The Democratic Party must stand for change, not change as a slogan, change we can believe in.”

To deafening cheers Obama, 46, hammered home to party activists that he was the candidate of change, as he laid claim to the Democratic Party’s nomination and down the track the presidency.

Tomorrow’s contests have been dubbed the Potomac Primary, Obama, bidding to be the first black president, is expected to do well in tomorrow’s vote due to the large African-American population in the region.

Hillary Clinton was seen as the inevitable Democratic nominee. She has run a strong campaign, and been an impressive candidate, but much has changed in a short time. Instead of finding a clear path to the White House, has run into the rather extraordinary movement set in motion by Barack Obama.

In reflecting on all of this, I am reminded of a haunting line in one of Bob Dylan’s more memorable songs from the 1960s (Ballad of a Thin Man) It was written in the midst of the upheavals of that period, as the civil rights and anti-war movements and the just-dawning cultural revolution were converging into a social movement.

What is clear now, months later, is that the threads of Obama’s appeal and inspiration, woven together, spring from a powerful philosophy of change that has resonated across generational lines.

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It is a philosophy of redemptive self-empowerment that calls for collective action to recognise, address and resolve long-standing social problems – in Obama’s words, “to heal the nation”.

For Obama, change will not come from the top-down. Winning an election, by itself, is not enough, since it only provides leadership with a fraction of the leverage needed to make fundamental change.

When Obama says, “We have been waiting for so long for the time when we could finally expect more from our politics, when we could give more of ourselves and feel truly invested in something bigger than a candidate or cause. This is it: We are the ones we’ve been waiting for, we are the ones that we seek” – he is both empowering his supporters, and challenging them to become the instruments of radical transformation. And it has worked, at least so far.

Hundreds of thousands of volunteers have been organised, either working directly in the campaign or making calls on its behalf. Well over $100 million has been raised from over 700,000 donors. (In just 72 hours last week, $7.5 million was raised from 40,000 donors.)

The momentum that Obama has recorded is measurable, and appears to be growing. Just two and half months ago his campaign was viewed with skepticism, and dismissed.

“Once I’m elected, I want to organize a summit in the Muslim world, with all the heads of state, to have an honest discussion about ways to bridge the gap that grows every day between Muslims and the West,”

The movement he has unleashed is not focused on just winning. That is too limited and too cynical a goal for his supporters. They do not seek power for its own sake, they seek to bring about fundamental change.

This election is important, but, more than that, it is also interesting.

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15 Responses

  1. Jeff says:

    You can’t mention that this reminds you of a line in a song and then NOT TELL US WHAT THAT LINE IS. Having looked up the lyrics on Google, I’m still mystified. Way to go.

  2. NelsonR says:

    Knowing most Americans desire true change, not rhetoric, we will see if Obama meets the challenge. I mean an Old and tired old political hack McCain who has embellished the halls of the Senate for decades or youth with hope. A repeat of the 100 years war is not something to look forward to for America while our Arms Industry, the military and the stock market squander the next generations future.

  3. Mary Riley says:

    Is there anyone out there that realizes and can see the danger of a man running for the office of our President that uses the Koran instead of the traditional Bible to be sworn into office with? Does anyone not understand the danger of Obama lining himself up with the Black Panthers and have any of you checked his voting record lately? When Ben Lauden said that he would attack and defeat our country from within, why does Obama’s name change just before he runs for the Senate, his and Oprah”s choice of a church that hates whites and has taken discrimination to an all new high not disturb any of you. I don’t just look at a person’s oratory skills to impress me. His stand on illegals and his wanting to reward them for being illegal in all that they have done, even while I could not even get a job and have been turned down for medical help because all of the funds available have all been used by illegals and their ever growing broods. There is a system in place for people from outside our country to enter for a reason. Our resourses and economy cannot recover with the flood of illegals that hate us in America but only want what we have built to send home to their homes in Mexico.Wake up all of you in America because if Obama is allowed to represent our country, while he will not even salute our flag, do anything about the illegals from Mexico hanging their flag up first with our precious flag being hung up side down under the Mexico flag. Pearl Harbor and 9-11, move over.

  4. Christnes says:

    Obama is an inexperienced, no substance Senator. He has a stage voice but lacks what it takes. If he wins McCain will chew him up and spit him out! Maxine Waters CA Congresswoman said it all when she described Obama, “We need help,not hope!”

  5. John S. says:

    Mary, stop spreading lies and propoganda. Obama is a practicing Christian…read for once your life and open your mind:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22767392/

  6. Bob says:

    “Is there anyone out there that realizes and can see the danger of a man running for the office of our President that uses the Koran instead of the traditional Bible to be sworn into office with?”

    I see no difference. There have been terrorist attacks in the United States by people who claim Christianity as their religion. Oklahoma City anyone? If it weren’t for that pesky Bill of Rights, and a lack of popular support, the fundamentalist Christians in the United States would implement religious laws in the United States that were no different than the Islamic laws of the Taliban. Yes, the title of your book may be different, but when I’m in prison for violating whatever ridiculous crap is written inside of it I won’t care what the title was.

  7. Ash Haque says:

    @Mary Riley,

    wow -_- I hope your comment was sarcastic, otherwise I might just have gotten into the double digit IQ numbers after reading that crap

  8. Ed Morris says:

    @Mary Riley

    Is this what Clinton supporters have sunk to? Outright lies? He wasn’t sworn in using a Qur’an, he hasn’t aligned himself with the Black Panthers and his voting record is EXEMPLARY.

  9. Daniel K says:

    Oh Mary, you pathetic retarded bitch. I’m not sure whether to laugh at your comment over its stupidity or mourn the sadness of your state of ignorance.

    Anyway “Ben Lauden” made me crack up. That is the most butchered spelling of the man you fear that I have ever seen. Grow the fuck up and quit being such a gullible idiot. What is your main source of information? Fox News? Some radical blog? Your own imagination?

    Siigh.. Mary is a caricature of the challenges the nation faces in reclaiming its original glory. We have a long road ahead of us.

  10. Daniel K says:

    Oh, and for those of you taking her seriously:

    Obamma is a Christian, has ALWAYS been a Christian, and has never sworn on the Koran. I can’t believe I even have to address this type of profound ignorance.

  11. Bobby Friend says:

    What worries me about Obama is the constant earnestness. While I agree with what he stands for, love the movement that is happening around him, the constant emphasis on high-sounding feeling and “belief” tends to end badly. Obama needs to come down to earth a bit more, then he will unstoppable. My two cents.

  12. peter says:

    “you know there’s something happening but you don’t know what it is do you” mary riley

  13. Ann says:

    Mary is the largest demographic profile for Hillary Clinton. Uneducated, and certainly not someone Hillary will ever invite to the White House but will use for her entitled purposes.

    Hillary loves simple minded can’t think for themselves bigots.

  14. Sam says:

    How can American citizens be blind enough to let themselves fall for a man who is being praised by louis farrakhan? People are being censored and manipulated by the media.

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