The art of our ideals

In a break from my regularly scheduled program, I will be away for a couple of weeks so I thought I would que up some of my favorite posts and videos on "art".  Some of these pieces feature artists and some feature people who we may not consider to be artists—but all create something beautiful and true. I am a sucker for beautiful and true.

I'd like to begin today with a most unlikely subject on the topic of art: Barack Obama's acceptance speech Tuesday night. You can read his full speech and/or watch the video here.  Now, you may think that maybe I'm wandering a bit off blog topic here, but never fear. There's a definite connection.

Try to take the politics out of it for a moment. Imagine his speech coming from any American—that is, separate out the the man for a moment and just listen to the words. What we find is a deep call out to our best ideals as a country.

And I believe that no matter how far short we in this country fall (often far, far short), it is an intensely collaborative and creative act to give form to these human ideals—democracy and opportunity and freedom and equality.

And as elected leader, Obama gave voice Tuesday night to our ideals. They are a reminder of what we must always remember. And his words are beautiful and true.

"We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America, open to the dreams of an immigrant's daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag. To the young boy on the south side of Chicago who sees a life beyond the nearest street corner. To the furniture worker's child in North Carolina who wants to become a doctor or a scientist, an engineer or an entrepreneur, a diplomat or even a president—that's the future we hope for. That's the vision we share..."

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"I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you're willing to try."

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"I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We're not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America."

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