I had planned to write an article, to be published here and at American Chronicle, about Barack Obama and his former pastor Jeremiah Wright. But, having just read the speech Obama delivered earlier today in Philadelphia, I don't really see the point. If you haven't heard or read it, check it out here courtesy of RealClearPolitics, which gives you the video and the full transcript.
This is the bravest, most honest, most all around remarkable speech delivered by a politician in my lifetime. I think most of us just expected him to repeat his repudiation of Wright's incendiary remarks and offer some basic explanation for his association with the church despite knowing how extreme were some of the pastor's politics. Instead, Obama delivered the ballsiest speech on race in America since Martin Luther King, Jr., touching not just on the anger and frustration of the black experience as expressed by Jeremiah Wright, but on the hopes and fears of working class white Americans, too. Hearing it, I thought it was an outstanding bit of oratory; reading it, I found it a beautiful piece of writing.
For people like me who have supported Obama and kept hoping that he would finally push his campaign over the top and demonstrate his ability to transcend labels like "liberal" and "Democrat" and really tell people something they haven't heard before, this is what we've been waiting for.
For God's sake, let's elect this man President of the United States. Electing anyone else this time around would be a sin.