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Re: “Opinion: No More Drama, Vote Obama

Media is still missing Obama's substance. Obama is a transformational candidate, a politician who is trying to return American political system to how it should be (see an example under section 1). Winning the White House bid is not the only purpose his running for the President of the United States. Obama is a candidate who is trying to put “Audacity of Hope” in the heart of every American, especially in those whose voice have been ignored from the current political system (detailed below under section 2). He empowers everyone and says “You can do this”. 1) An example - Healthcare policy: I hear clear distinction between Barack’s approach to healthcare and those of other candidates, but I am afraid the distinction is not coming across to general public. In my understanding, Barack is trying to shift from supplier based Health Insurance system to customer (us, general public) focused insurance system. That is why he is listening to VOICE OF CUSTOMES. I think both general public and health professionals (doctors and nurses) should be considered as the customers of the system. As Barack pointed out in his talks, because the political system in Washington is broken (i.e., a system no longer represents citizen’s wishes but controlled by powerful lobbyists and special interest group that are fed by large corporations), politicians never really asked CUSTOMERS what they want. Instead, they always listened to SUPPLIERS of the system, so called heath specialists, drug companies and lobbyists for the drug companies. They placed unreasonable trust in Drug Company’s customer research and assumed that they know what they are doing. I have never heard of politicians conducting sessions to seek public’s input in healthcare reform until Barack. It is really amazing. How they can expect to come up with Healthcare system that works without asking customers? Think about making a car without getting customer’s input. I cannot understand why the press kept saying, “where is the beef”. Well, other candidate may something as bulky and unsavory like a rotten slab of beef, a product of Washington, void of customer input, which is the most important component. Without customer input, without going through sessions to capture VOICE OF CUSTOMERS, you can’t have a real beef, i.e., healthcare system, which works. What good is in their beef? What Barack is doing with Healthcare is truly revolutionary. He is trying to return the political system to how it should be, a system that works from grass roots, a system where congressmen listen to their constituents and represent their wishes in Washington, and not the other way around. Lobbyists and special interest groups will not go away and it is important for law makers to listen to the supplier point of view as well. But they should not CONTROL policy making process. 2) Audacity of Hope This is just my two cents. I really don’t appreciate it when people call Obama as someone who preaches non-substance such as Hope and Dream. The critics don’t understand how important Hope is and how important to teach people to have audacity, especially people who are minorities, people come from struggling environment, and people who came from poor families. Audacity means daring and certain boldness, which is necessary for ordinary people to reach out of their perceived boundary and be what they want to be or achieve their dreams. You see, George Bush did not need audacity. Everything was available to him and he did not need to think he was not worthy of anything despite his mediocre cranium capacity. So what he did not do well in school. After all, his dad was president. He did not need to wrangle out his courage to hope to be a president. That was a sure thing, an inevitable thing. However, if you are a black kid in poor family in America, he or she needs to have audacity. Nobody went to college in his family. Even if his teacher shows him the doors to the great world, he may not believe him. Without audacity, the kid may think he does not deserve to have such nice wonderful thing. The kid may have 10 times brain than George Bush but he may feel resigned to crummy life just like all his brothers. This kid needs audacity. I am one who can understand this because I used to be a battered wife. Consecutive beating crushed little bit of self esteem I got. After I got out of the abusive situation, I went back to college and am doing okay now. I wish I had audacity then. I went to community college and graduated from state college. I took GMAT and scored top 2%. But I decided not to try for grant or scholarship to go to best educational institutions because I did not think I deserved it. I thought someone else more deserving can go there while I complete more vocational education at the state college. In those days, I even felt bad about breathing in air which could nourish other people who are more deserving. You see, audacity is very important. Without that, people will continue to be dependent on circumstances. Kids like George Bush continue to prevail and kids who really ought to be the future president of the United States may wound up as a high school dropout and get shot in a dark alley.

Posted by Georgeee on 04/07/2007 at 11:16 AM

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