Thursday, August 28, 2008

DNC my POV 4th Night

Al Gore, a few minutes ago, referenced the coming "Benediction" at Mile High Stadium... I may add to this post in the morning, or may not. From Al Gore's speech:
Many scientists predict that the entire north polar ice cap may be completely gone during summer months in the first term of the next president. Sea levels are rising, fires are raging, storms are stronger. Military experts warn us our national security is threatened by massive waves of climate refugees destabilizing countries around the world, and scientists tell us the very web of life is endangered by unprecedented extinctions.
"Frame of reference" is my term of choice to apply right this very now... as I mentioned in a previous article, Barack Obama should deliver nothing less than a blockbuster speech of the "I have a dream" caliber. It is said that he will not, that instead he will attack GOP rival John McCain. I'm hoping for the blockbuster dream speech myself, but that's not why I'm posting this early.

I bumped into the tail end of Al Gore's speech at the Democratic National Convention right after watching Dr. Spencer Wells' incredible "Journey of Man" on one of the PBS digital channels. Too bad all of America could not have watched that program tonight. In a nutshell, Dr. Wells' show tells how a group of African bushmen, some 50,000 years ago, left home. Their first stop was Australia by way of India. mankind branched out, expanded, exploded. The barriers of prejudice we've erected come from the belief systems individual cultures have created. Like the aborigines who refused to believe they could have come from someplace else, may of today's religions and cultures refuse to consider anything but the things they alone hold dear. That is the foundation for fear and for racism, for tyranny, brutality and war. Dr. Wells' work may also help shed some light on why some of us have "doubles" running around - just as Barack does!

There is no way of knowing what the future holds in store for any of us. Whether Obama or McCain will be elected, whether the eventual winner will be a great leader or not much of a leader at all. Whether there will still even BE a "U.S.A." 50 or 100 or 500 years from now. Whatever happens, mankind will somehow survive, in some form, despite the odds. Like Dr. Wells says, it took men 35,000 years to get from Africa to North America, something a modern man with an airplane ticket can do in a single day.

LiveBLOGGING: The Albany Project and Michelle Malkin "Covering Barackopolis"

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