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The Cutting Edge
Friday, 22 February 2008 18:07
by Jayne Lyn Stahl

Since Super Tuesday's sweep of the primaries, one thing has become crystal clear. Whether it's Obama, or Clinton, who gets the Democratic Party nomination ultimately doesn't matter, if the only change that happens is polemical. Risk-takers only need apply.

Leave rhetoric to the rhetoricians. Those who play it close to the vest can't be expected to make the hard choices, or take the tough path, but only that which is familiar and convenient. And, this election more than any in recent memory, familiarity breeds contempt.

Courage often requires going out on a limb, and we need leadership that is prepared to do that. Progressive leadership requires speaking up on incendiary issues, even if it means alienating important lobbies. More of the same means feeding the war machine, and doing so with their own weapons.

Senator Obama's advantage is not just his ability, and agility at reaching out to people across racial, economic, political, and social lines, in this country, but in the promise that he will be able to do so internationally, as well. Given that only about 10% of the world's population is "white," and that only a fraction of that percentage controls most of the world's wealth, and starts most of the world's wars, electing a president who reflects the predominant race is a good place to start on the road to move from a planet in peril to a planet at peace.

Obama's candidacy may well have the added advantage of facilitating negotiations with the so-called "axis of evil" insofar as his candidacy's implicit acceptance of cultural, and religious diversity, concepts which are alien to this administration, and its predecessors.

When Senator Clinton says that Obama is "naive" to talk about sitting down at table with the heads of state in Iran, and North Korea it might be naive for her, but not for a man of color given that 90% of the world is either black, brown, or yellow, but not "white."

Senator Obama has the charisma, charm, wit, and stamina. Even if it may be said that hope is a four letter word, we can still hope he will be ready, willing, and able to cut his teeth on the cutting edge.

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RezDuane said:

Just a though . . .
I've been reading some of Lady Jayne's commentaries and can't help but notice that there's not many paying attention to her posts. Only a few comments, mostly from conservatives. I've seen only a couple of liberal "progressives" who have posted favorably.

Apparently, Obama is her savior of choice, apparently based on the fact that he has the "charisma, charm, wit, and stamina." Typically liberal. No substance, just feel-good rhetoric. Or perhaps we'll elect him because of his color. Another witty idea! Doesn't make any difference that he would like to lead us head-on into socialism but because "only about 10% of the world's population is "white," and that only a fraction of that percentage controls most of the world's wealth, and starts most of the world's wars, electing a president who reflects the predominant race is a good place to start on the road to move from a planet in peril to a planet at peace."

Lady Jayne, reflecting the predominant race is not a qualification for leading the greatest super-power in the world. If we use that as a criterion we won't long be the greatest super-power. We are rapidly losing that title as it is because of the socialist ideas of the so-called progressive left.

While I'm not a great fan of the current administration, I do feel there is at least a modicum of character and integrity there. Certainly more than Gore or Kerry had to offer. And until we make character and integrity an absolute requirement of those we elect (instead of charisma, charm and wit,) we will continue our downhill slide toward socialism . . . and that has never worked anywhere like our representative republic has.

This is the last in my effort in futility.
February 27, 2008
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