Saturday, November 13

Arianna on "moral values":

And if they are not sure how this is done, they can go back and read Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic convention. He spoke of "faith" and "miracles" and "the belief in things not seen" and the "awesome God" people worship in the Blue states.

"Alongside our famous individualism," he said, "there's another ingredient in the American saga: a belief that we are connected as one people. If there's a child on the South Side of Chicago who can't read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child. If there's a senior citizen somewhere who can't pay for her prescription and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it's not my grandmother. . . . It's that fundamental belief -- I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper -- that makes this country work. It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family. 'E pluribus unum.' Out of many, one."

This is perhaps the most spiritual political statement uttered this entire campaign. It should be the starting point for the rebranding of the Democratic Party. For it is only with such real "moral values," from which spring clear political priorities, that you can counter Bush's divisive religiosity -- and win back America's value voters.


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