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As I watch these united states vote in this major election, there are a gazillion things running through my head. I’m thinking about Obama up in the polls, the death of his Grandma, the fact that I can’t vote as a non-citizen, why do I even care even though I don’t have a say.

I have been blogging and twittering and posting to Facebook like a rabid pundit. I go to CNN and the Huffington Post waaay too often. I have followed every little detail and update. It wasn’t until this very morning though that one of the most insightful little tit-bits ran across my eyes. I was able to watch it live. Dennis Hopper related that short anecdote about Obama. I thought of many things. The most important though occured to me as I started to write this post. Why do I care about this election and I can’t vote. The story that he relates about him in the elevator with Barack was a penetrating insight into the person that Barack seems to be. If he truly is this way it shows why people have been fired up and ready to go for him at a moments call. Why his color is not a scar, he just happens to be black (or half black if you wanna split hairs). Granted, lets say he is just putting on, lets say he is disengenous. I strongly doubt that is the case though.

But back to the main question, why do I care, because Barack is not a candidate that one simply votes for. He is an idea that the world has been hoping for. The idea that a politician can be decent, thoughtful, sincere and maybe even honest.

If he truly is all these things, it will give people that truly want to help thier countries and communities the vigor, the fire and the passion to run for public office because they can say, have you heard of Obama, do you know of Barack. He is not like the rest. He will be the measure, the new standard by which every single politician will be judged, even IF he does not win.

A transformational figure he truly is. if Barack was merely just another mawgah (slim) basketball-playing, smooth talking politician from Chicago that just happened to have a white mom and a black Dad, today’s election would be between McCain and Hillary. No, Barack is an idea. He is a fruit of the global Zeitgist that refuses to be unheard anymore.

May God bless America, and everywhere else.


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Obama Wins! … Ad Age’s Marketer of the Year – Advertising Age – MOY 2008

Mr. Obama won the vote of hundreds of marketers, agency heads and marketing-services vendors gathered here at the Association of National Advertisers' annual conference.Just weeks before he demonstrates whether his campaign’s blend of grass-roots appeal and big media-budget know-how has converted the American electorate, Sen. Barack Obama has shown he’s already won over the nation’s brand builders. He’s been named Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008.
Mr. Obama won the vote of hundreds of marketers, agency heads and marketing-services vendors gathered here at the Association of National Advertisers’ annual conference.
Mr. Obama won the vote of hundreds of marketers, agency heads and marketing-services vendors gathered here at the Association of National Advertisers’ annual conference.

On this first day of the Democratic National Convention, I want to share an essay I wrote back in July of this year. I am thinking of submitting this to NPR’s “This I Believe” series, So I would love to get your feedback below.

Mufasa, Simba & Barack
Thoughts on Identity, Fear and getting past your past.
Yorkali Walters ©2008

“What was that for? It doesn’t matter, it was in the past.
Simba and Rafika

I was watching the Lion King with my daughters and I saw something new in the last great pre-Pixar Disney movie. If we remember Simba‘s plight of identity and denial. How being consumed by the mistakes of his past kept him from returning home to remove Scar from his treacherous reign over the Pride Lands. I see a similar theme with the Senator from Illinois. Now stay with me…Barack as most know, also has had to come to terms with his dual identity of being African and American and the symptomatic issues that followed. This in my mind reflects a wider situation.

These United States are yet to come to terms with it’s multi-identity of being African, American, Irish, Catholic, Italian, Polish and all the other strands of DNA that permeate the Stars and Stripes. I believe that confronting it’s past as a nation is part of solving it’s future. As it stands, the politics of fear is the new tool. Fear of terrorists, fear of China, fear of immigrants, fear of the future…fear of it’s very own self. The contrast that Barack strikes between fear and hope is distinct not because of it’s lofty rhetorical appeal but simply because it’s true. When a people’s fear is greater than their faith in themselves disaster is not far off. Despots rise to power and those in power become a darker shadow of their former selves. History is littered with a multitude of examples.

America is facing a firestorm in the search of it’s identity and true purpose as a country / world-power. It will not end after the Obama era passes or after two or twenty non-caucasion presidents. If we learn anything from history, we should know that national identity is constantly evolving. And for those who say “This country is not ready for a black/female/hispanic/asian/_________president.” they have no idea how fast the United States is changing and the incredible effect globalization is having on immigration patterns across world. The splintering and “remixing” of American identity and DNA will redefine our concept of American. A city on a hill cannot be hid. All the peoples of the world will never stop coming here. No legislation will EVER change that….ever. Diversity is no more than a catch-phrase, it is what these United States are.

The most diverse super-power since the Roman empire.

To govern a nation this splintered and diverse, one must know who they truly are at their core. If not self-doubt, self defeat and ultimately destruction are not far off. The barbarians will be at the gate faster than you can say Nero. Americans are coming to grips with who they truly are. So, like Simba when your true self becomes clear and known, and you accept it, there is very little that can derail you from your goal. When Mufasa reminds Simba that he is the son of a King, not some feather of a cub going where the wind takes him, he realizes that there is so much more than fear. There is so much more than self-doubt. He gathers strength from his true identity and takes hold of his future. Nothing stops him, not even a Scar on his past.

My dear aunt Beryl sent me this file this morning. WOW! I just love it! Take a listen 🙂
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An eloquent, elegant and very efficient argument supporting Senator Oabama by Lawrence Lessig.


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