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"I have a Dream." Yes, and Now That Dream Is Coming True

New York, August 28, 2008- Today, 45 years after the historic civil rights march and Dr. Martin Luther King's inspiring "I Have a Dream" speech (read), Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama, 47, a black man like Dr. King, stood before a crowd of 80,000 in Denver, Colorado, appeared live on TV, and online to millions, if not billions, around the world as he delivered his Democratic Presidential nomination acceptance speech.

"I Have a Dream...," is the opening of the famous speech delivered by American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this day in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC. More than two hundred thousand protesters had gathered there demanding jobs, equality and freedom. Tragically, four years later on April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated. The dream that was articulated by the late Dr. King became the dream of every American.

In his speech, Obama said, "Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story - of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren't well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.

It is that promise that has always set this country apart - that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well.

That's why I stand here tonight. Because for two hundred and thirty two years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women - students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors -- found the courage to keep it alive."

Obama, who opposed invading Iraq and opposes outsourcing American jobs, said, "This country of ours has more wealth than any nation, but that's not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military on Earth, but that's not what makes us strong. Our universities and our culture are the envy of the world, but that's not what keeps the world coming to our shores.
  Instead, it is that American spirit - that American promise - that pushes us forward even when the path is uncertain; that binds us together in spite of our differences; that makes us fix our eye not on what is seen, but what is unseen, that better place around the bend.

That promise is our greatest inheritance. It's a promise I make to my daughters when I tuck them in at night, and a promise that you make to yours - a promise that has led immigrants to cross oceans and pioneers to travel west; a promise that led workers to picket lines, and women to reach for the ballot."

At the end of his speech, but without failing to mention what a historic day today is, Obama recalled the civil rights movement and its leader Martin Luther King Jr by saying, "And it is that promise that forty five years ago today, brought Americans from every corner of this land to stand together on a Mall in Washington, before Lincoln's Memorial, and hear a young preacher from Georgia speak of his dream.

The men and women who gathered there could've heard many things. They could've heard words of anger and discord. They could've been told to succumb to the fear and frustration of so many dreams deferred.

But what the people heard instead - people of every creed and color, from every walk of life - is that in America, our destiny is inextricably linked. That together, our dreams can be one.

"We cannot walk alone," the preacher cried. "And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back."

America, we cannot turn back. Not with so much work to be done. Not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for. Not with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend. America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise - that American promise - and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess."

As the U.S. Presidential election is just a little more than two months from now, American people have one choice to make out of two Presidential party candidates: Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.

I wrote in my earlier article that "Come November 4, we will learn who that leader is when the American people cast their votes to elect a President who will lead their country in the new digital era where we can expect America to be a more friendly and prosperous country."

-Pradeep Thapa Magar in New York. Comments? 551-358-7726
 
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» Speech Delivered by former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani
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Speeches delivered at the Democratic Convention Center, Denver, CO (August 25-28, 2008)
» Speech Delivered by Former President Bill Clinton
» Speech Delivered by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
» Speech Delivered by Al Gore
» Speech Delivered by Martin Luther King Jr.
» Speech Delivered by Senator Barack Obama
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» Speech Delivered by Michelle Obama
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» Speech Delivered by Senator Joe Biden
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