Of course there is more to come from the Democratic Convention, regarding their platform and the significant differences between Barak Obama and John McCain. But if last night was to be both a paean to the Democratic Party's rich history of liberalism and a corrective to the negative attacks on Michelle Obama, then you can consider it a success.
I'm not sure how heartless you would have to be to not be moved by Senator Ted Kennedy's appearance and his courageous determination to be back to the Senate in January. Or to find fault with the story of Michelle Obama's family, her life and her commitment to service.
I'm having a hard time figuring this one out:
For a couple of decades now, we've been saying that what's most important in our leaders are character, a commitment to family, to community and to faith.
We've said that we want minorities to take control of their lives, get an education and instead of 'playing the victim' show themselves to be responsible, adhere to mainstream 'values'.
We've said that we want to see Black men be responsible husbands and fathers and not to use the social pathologies in their past as an excuse for their failure.
So now we have a man who grew up in a single family home, eventually raised by his grandparents, who attended Ivy League schools and has a history of being a community organizer, becomes a professor of constitutional law, gets involved in politics. Wins a state senate seat and becomes a U.S. Senator and is now running for president.
He and his wife have traveled virtually the same path, from working class poverty to a solidly middle class life. He's become what he has become without bitterness with regard to race, or the challenges of his upbringing. They are not only churchgoers, but unashamedly people of faith, members of a church that is part of a mainstream denomination, and have displayed loyalty, some may say to a fault, to their church. In much the same way some other Christians who have problems with the issues related to or who disagree with some of the teachings of their church remain loyal to theirs.
He and his wife responsibly care for their children and educate them.
Yet they have been branded as 'exotic', 'dangerous' and 'un-American'...?
What type of political logic suggests that they would want this country to be something less than the country that provided them all of the opportunities that have given them the life they have now?
Disagree with Obama's policies. Say that he's too young, too inexperienced and untested. Those positions are fair. Arguable but fair. But any other argument reveals some deeper problems.
Political pundits say that this election is a referendum on Barak Obama.
I believe that this election is a referendum on America.
Here's the link to my Dallas Morning News column from Saturday.