An Open Letter to Barack Obama
Dear Senator Obama,
We write to congratulate you on the tremendous achievements of your campaign for the presidency of the United States.Your candidacy has inspired a wave of political enthusiasm like nothing seen in this country for decades. In your speeches, you have sketched out a vision of a better future-in which the United States sheds its warlike stance around the globe and focuses on diplomacy abroad and greater equality and freedom for its citizens at home-that has thrilled voters across the political spectrum. Hundreds of thousands of young people have entered the political process for the first time, African-American voters have rallied behind you, and many of those alienated from politics-as-usual have been re-engaged.You stand today at the head of a movement that believes deeply in the change you have claimed as the mantle of your campaign. The millions who attend your rallies, donate to your campaign and visit your website are a powerful testament to this new movement's energy and passion.This movement is vital for two reasons: First, it will help assure your victory against John McCain in November. The long night of greed and military adventurism under the Bush Administration, which a McCain administration would continue, cannot be brought to an end a day too soon. An enthusiastic corps of volunteers and organizers will ensure that voters turn out to close the book on the Bush era on election day. Second, having helped bring you the White House, the support of this movement will make possible the changes that have been the platform of your campaign. "
No tempo das cerejas Vitor Dias chama a atenção para uma carta aberta, abaixo-assinada por um grupo de intelectuais americanos (uns mais conhecidos que outros...)e publica a lista de "exigências" que este grupo faz ao Senador e candidato democrata Barack Obama. Remete a leitura da versão integral da carta para um outro blogue "papéis de alexandria".
Não dominando convenientemente o inglês, sempre deu para me aperceber da importância deste texto e ainda da introdução que aqui deixo, com os agradecimentos a Vitor Dias.
Sublinhei aquilo que me pareceu de mor importância na dita carta e, sobretudo, aquilo que eu destaquei e os abaixo assinados denominaram First e Second razões para Barack Obama ser eleito e derrotar Mc Cain em Novembro.