Consider yourself heard. Obama would, whether you realize it or not, completely agree with the sentiments stated here–there does not have to be an implied moral gulf. We all share the same values, we just disagree about how to protect them.
By the way, I’m pretty damn enthusiastic about Obama. Messiah? No. But ideologically he’s up there, for me, with Nelson Mandela, Reverend King and the Dalai Lama (and I believe he has just as much potential to do lasting good in the world as they have.) I’m reading one of his books right now, and it’s blowing my mind how much he is the politician that I’ve always wanted the chance to vote for. I feel like at last someone is reflecting my values, writing down my private contemplations in books and using my most cherished intellectual ideals as a political platform. I got screwed out of voting in the Primary, so you bet you’re ass I’m going to be out there, and vocal, this November. Maybe I’m the crazy fanatic everyone talks about. I don’t see him as a politician. He just happens to be running for office at this time. In my opinion Obama and what he stands for are WAY bigger than this election or any partisan nonsense. My respect and admiration for him predates his decision to run for President.
I think people like me are being misunderstood. I’m not freaking out over a political candidate. It’s not about Obama–even Obama gets that, and has said as much in his speeches. Obama is the leader and the messenger–a great man–but not the thing that has me so excited. I could never get this excited over a mere human being. I’m freaking out over the mainstream acceptance of ideas that I never in the world hoped would be accepted and acknowledged as important. Obama’s huge support base represents the fact that there are others out there who think like I do, and hurt for our country in the same way, who want to help and whose actions are motivated by their belief in the fundamental goodness of humanity.
How is that not the most exciting thing ever?