For we have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. […]
We can do that.
But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change.
That is one option. Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, “Not this time.”
Obama gave this speech in the aftermath of the racially offensive sermon of his reverend. Even though the speech is triggered by race it goes beyond that to address the issues facing the US or any country going through election for the people who will shape its future.
So back home, will it be politics as usual or will we see something fresh? Will the issues that effect us and our future be addressed: creating jobs, improving education and health care, and rising to our true potential? Or is it going to be all about misuse of public property, salary increases and divisive politics. I hope the voters can come together and say, “Not this time.”