Friday, February 1, 2008

Obama can heal the nation

Given the rock-bottom approval rating of our current president, it is clear that most Americans believe that our nation has gotten woefully off track. People understand it is time for a change, but not the kind of change that trades in "red" politics-as-usual for "blue" politics-as-usual. Instead, people are looking for a fundamental shift in Washington and in the White House.

Barack Obama is the one candidate who offers us hope for that kind of fundamental change. Throughout his career in public service and in elected office, he has repeatedly reached out to people on all sides of the issues and has successfully forged agreements based on common ground. As a nation we are sorely in need of that kind of leadership and consensus building.

I believe that if we don't heal the rift in this country, if we just continue to fight among ourselves, then we will not have the will, the energy or the unity to address the very real issues that face us today, both nationally and globally. Obama has already shown himself capable of earning the support of a broad coalition of voters and he can do that again in November. Polls have indicated over and over that he is the only Democratic contender who can win enough votes from Democrats, Independents and Republicans to defeat any of the possible Republican nominees.

If you want your voice heard on this issue, please plan to attend the Democratic caucus at the Community Campus auditorium (old high school) on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The doors open at 6 p.m. and will close at 7 p.m., so plan to arrive early. See you there.

Sara Gorham


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