Friday, February 15, 2008

John Lewis Sees the Light

An excerpt from, “A Letter to John Lewis”….

Your public support of Senator Clinton was not especially linked to specific thematic differences between her campaign and Senator Obama’s. Rather, it was based on your belief in her ability to lead. If their political differences are slim, then you ought to lend your support to Senator Obama. It is a logical continuance of our support of you. Again, the possibilities that you always speak of are made real because we believe in each other, because we have believed in you. Your leadership opportunities were born in the black community embracing you and willing you forward, bolstering the “courage” that is so often attached to you. Leadership is only partly innate. We also bestow it upon each other by believing in one another. For you to deny Senator Obama that belief and the force of your will in his support is a contradiction of identity. Even more unsettling, it is a violation of the basic trust between you and the community of people like me who have supported you.

I hope that in the spirit of other iconic Movement heroes like Malcolm X, you would reflect and reconsider. Feeling that you have to prove to white people that you are not bound by race by supporting Senator Clinton over Senator Obama is not courage, it's cowardice. Senator Obama’s political skills and intellectual acumen are obvious. His agenda is in keeping with the best tradition of the Democratic Party and its support of the common citizen. People like you, better than most, can deeply appreciate what he means; what this moment means. We are indeed well past being asked how many bubbles are in a bar of soap and all things are possible, provided we believe in each other.

An excerpt from, “Black Leader Pulls Support from Clinton”…

Representative John Lewis, an elder statesman from the civil rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate for Senator Barack Obama in hopes of preventing a fight at the Democratic convention.

“In recent days, there is a sense of movement and a sense of spirit,” said Mr. Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who endorsed Mrs. Clinton last fall. “Something is happening in America, and people are prepared and ready to make that great leap.”

Mr. Lewis, who carries great influence among other members of Congress, disclosed his decision in an interview in which he said that as a superdelegate he could “never, ever do anything to reverse the action” of the voters of his district, who overwhelmingly supported Mr. Obama.

“I’ve been very impressed with the campaign of Senator Obama,” Mr. Lewis said. “He’s getting better and better every single day.”

His comments came as fresh signs emerged that Mrs. Clinton’s support was beginning to erode from some other African-American lawmakers who also serve as superdelegates. Representative David Scott of Georgia, who was among the first to defect, said he, too, would not go against the will of voters in his district….

kamau

3 comments:

Hill Rat said...

I don't see this as any kind of change of heart, Lewis just wants to be a part of the winning team. Typical politician move.

kamau said...

seeing things in a positive light is instrumental in enabling hope to breathe freely. that is part of the message that will be coming from the obama administration.

NikkiJ said...

High five on the black hand side!