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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-30-08 09:31 AM
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95. I think Obama can help lead us through this trap
I think he can do so by being frank about the fracture lines in American society and by acknowledging that they run deep and long into our shared history. He can lead us in talking about things that we have trouble putting into words, and stressing that this conversation inevitably will have some jarring notes but the alternative is to continue to avoid it, and suffer the damage of a cancer untreated. Obama's first major speech on race pointed in that direction. I wrote about it at the time and I said that my only real problem with it was that it did not come sooner:

In a metaphysical way it is a matter of getting out ahead of the herd, like a sheep herding dog does, and turning it from the direction it was mindlessly heading under it's own interia toward real progress instead. It takes great skill and I think Obama has that skill, but it can only be done by getting ahead of the pack and defining the direction of the public dialog.

These are just rough disjointed thoughts for now, but it is something I am continuing to think about.
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