Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More about faces

Barack Obama is the new face in this year's presidential horserace. Change we can believe in.

Thinking back to the two faces from yesterday's clipper botch, I realized Barry and I possess commonalities. We share the same generation and both of our mothers are Kansas natives. We're fathers, college grads, urbane, and both members of minorities. Most of all, our faces are not new at all. We have history behind us.

If you doubt Barack and I are brothers in arms fighting for truth, justice, and ethics reform and both actively involved in solving the challenges of everyday Americans and uniting them in a politicis of purpose, you've been deceived by the false and divisive methods of our opponents.

We also know the address of the U.S. Department of Justice and can craft media releases.

Yes, we both write very long sentences. We also cling to every word Mrs. Obama utters such as these from an appearance at UCLA earlier this year:

"Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed. You have to stay at the seat at the table of democracy with a man like Barack Obama not just on Tuesday but in a year from now, in four years from now, in eights years from now, you will have to be engaged."

We share perceptions of democracy with another old face, Mao Zedong, a fellow combatant of smear merchants and opponents of change.

"At home, we must unite all the nationalities, democratic classes, democratic parties, people's organizations and patriotic democrats and consolidate the great, prestigious revolutionary united front already in existence. Whoever contributes to the consolidation of this revolutionary united front is doing right, and we welcome him; whoever harms this consolidation is doing wrong, and we oppose him. To consolidate the revolutionary united front, we must use the method of criticism and self-criticism. ... This is an excellent method, which impels everyone of us to uphold truth and rectify error, and it is the only correct method for all revolutionary people to educate and remould themselves in a people's state. The people's democratic dictatorship uses two methods. Towards the enemy, it uses the method of dictatorship, that is, for as long a period of time as is necessary it does not permit them to take part in political activity and compels them to obey the law of the People's Government, to engage in labour and, through such labour, be transformed into new men. Towards the people, on the contrary, it uses the method of democracy and not of compulsion, that is, it must necessarily let them take part in political activity and does not compel them to do this or that but uses the method of democracy to educate and persuade. Such education is self-education for the people, and its basic method is criticism and self-criticism."

Mold, shape, compel, educate, unite, and demand us to sit at the table you set, Brother Barry. Our opponents have hidden behind the checks and balances of the Constitution, including the First Amendment, for too long. We need a king. Let us annoint him.

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