I think it is important for those of us engaged and interested in the gladiatorial arena of politics to take the time to listen to and scrutinize more than just the simple summations made by Fox News, CNN, or the local paper when it comes to our candidates.
We should diligently measure and examine the candidates for all offices, whether local or federal, in order to know if their words, their ideas, and their actions are things we would support with our vote.
Senator Barack Obama was given a "7-10 split" to knock-down when he addressed the comments of his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. After listening to every word he had to say on the subject, I truly believe Sen. Obama met the challenge and conquered the task with authority.
Just because I love Sen. Obama's oratory doesn't mean I agree with all of his policies. I may only agree with 25% of his vast platform, but I am starting to think that may be enough to be part of a needed change; To be part of a movement that Senator Obama must believe is providential in design, and that he has a responsibility to all men and women who vote for him to facilitate this change.
This change will not begin and end with the politics of fear, as the current occupant of the White House has done for the last seven years. It is a change that does not lead to another "100 years" in Iraq, and it does not depend upon raw hatred to perpetuate a system of secular laws that trample upon the freedom of American citizens.
Take the next few minutes and listen to this man address a difficult and divisive subject with authenticity, and a genuine desire to lead this nation toward a "more perfect union."