Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Hope Garden

One thing we know for sure - no one understands life better than young folks. That's why everyone I know checks with a twenty something before reaching a conclusion on any important topic.

Proof of the power of youthful comprehension is displayed in Michigan, where Barack is campaigning. A reporter there spoke with folks who were lining up 11 hours early to hear Barack speak, and, wow, these kids are an inspiration:
Korr, who drove from Kalamazoo (from Grand Rapids), was one of about 10 people lined up by 9:15 a.m. He said he has not been involved in the Illinois senator's presidential campaign, but he would like to be. "It's about change," Korr said, shielding himself from rain drops under the arena overhang.
Imagine that? Remarkably, Korr wasn't the only one there who gets the meaning of Barack's candidacy:
"Change," echoed Robert Young, 32, of Greenville, the second person in line.
This is why democrats are always trying to get more young people to vote. They realize that kids "get it" in a way that older people can't help but envy.
Sitting down in the third position was John Kilbourne, whose East Grand Rapids home features an "Obama Garden of Hope."
See? How many grownups do you know who have their own "Obama Garden of Hope?"

On the other hand, the superdelegates announcing for Barack don't seem any brighter. Congressman Pete Visclosky says:

“My choice is Senator Barack Obama who promises to bring Americans together to reach pragmatic, progressive solutions to the problems we face," the Merrillville Democrat said in a statement Wednesday.

Even more impressive is U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, who claimed that only Barack...
"...can move us beyond the politics of statement and gridlock."
Huh? What is "the politics of statement and gridlock?" Even young Mister Korr, standing in line all day in the rain to hear Barack speak, did better than that. But then again, he had the advantage of the 50 mile drive from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids to sort things out.

Come on Donnelly - can't you just say "Change?"

1 comment:

Candace Donnelly (no relation) said...

The Donnellys I have known are impressed with big words. Democrat as they are, they secretly admire--get this-- people like the late conservative William Buckley for his flair with the English language. When it comes to words, they are all over what to say and how to say it. They love words.

Let me see if I can help Rep. Donnelly get beyond the politics of statement and gridlock by keeping it simple. "Change".