Through the years there have been charismatic leaders who have stood out for the good (Jesus, Ghandi, JFK, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa) and the bad (Hitler, Fidel Castro, Charles Manson). There have been others who I believe have touched on this pedestal, but never quite made it to the top (Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan). To be in the presence of one with such charisma, such a magnetic pull is, and would be breathtaking, irresistible.

Our country is fortunate enough to witness the emergence of a leader so charismatic that I believe he will lead this country back to greatness. Since Barack Obama gave the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention (“The Audacity of Hope”) he has instilled in people nationally what people locally already knew. We as people, as American people can be greater, not through fear, not through separation, but through the simple belief that through “Hope -- Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncert...* our country can reemerge into the future stronger and more united than ever before.

There are those who point to lesser experience as being a negative, and the ability to speak so beautifully, so eloquently as being unnecessary to a great leader. I turn you back again to the charismatic leaders listed** – the good ones accomplished great things, some with little past experience (and Obama has much, don’t be fooled by naysayers). The bad ones too possessed something that allowed them to turn a crowd of otherwise good people into animals. There is something a leader of this caliber possesses that cannot be defined – it can only be experienced.

When Obama speaks I get chills. I have felt this hope he speaks of so rarely when listening to other politicians. I have felt this certainty that wrongs are about to be righted less and less through the years – but that dream is emerging once again in my heart.

Never fear – he is an intelligent man. A sign of great intelligence is recognizing your own limitations enough to surround yourself with people whose strengths are your limitations. Obama will do that, is already doing that, but he will do it with people who have integrity, unlike our current administration of war-mongers and liars filled with such a sense of disregard for all who do not fit their own mold. Obama will be able to go overseas and mend the relationships that have been eroded away like the chasm that is the Grand Canyon. But the Grand Canyon eroded over 5-6 million years - our country's, our wonderful country's reputation has been eroded in just eight.

Oh yes, we need a Barack Obama. We need someone who isn’t an inbred part of Washington. We need someone who isn’t afraid to talk about his dreams, and to create their reality. We need someone who can lead a nation with HOPE not FEAR. We need someone like Barack Obama because we need hope. We need to once again be a proud, strong country that can hold our head up and say “We are Americans”! We can be that again.

YES WE CAN!

*From: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/convention2004/barackobama2004dnc.htm

**From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_charismatic_leaders

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Comment by Sugar and Sprouts on June 6, 2008 at 8:40pm
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