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Barack Obama
By Sam Osborne


February 23, 2008

The candidacy of Barack Obama has excited a whole new generation of previously disinterested young Americans. And though this large and swelling involvement of youth should set Democratic Party members singing Happy Days Are Here Again, a few in the ranks of the regular and older members seem averse to joining the movement and instead expect these young people to temper their idealism and switch allegiance to a candidate of their elders' choosing.

This wave of change is not going to happen if the incipient enthusiasm of these young people is squelched; the bulk of the newly involved will drift into the dead center of an apathetic public that has little faith in any political party's capacity to set this nation on a path that bodes a more promising and inclusive future for working and middle class, and destitute Americans.

Before any of us good old Democrats let this happen, best we remember John F. Kennedy's inaugural charge to the American people of his time: "Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans."

Sam Osborne
West Branch, IA


Received February 22, 2008 - Published February 23, 2008


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