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From: “David Plouffe, BarackObama.com” <email@example.com>Date: April 14, 2008 11:30:47 AM MDTTo: Brian Rants <firstname.lastname@example.org>Subject: Who’s out of touch?Reply-To: email@example.com
A few days ago, Barack spoke about the frustrations that working people in this country are feeling and said what we all know is true: that many people are bitter and angry because they believe their government isn’t listening to them.
You and I both know that the hope of changing that reality is what drives the unprecedented support for this campaign from ordinary people in every part of the country.
But our opponents have been spinning the media and peddling fake outrage around the clock. John McCain’s campaign, which will continue the George Bush economic policies that have devastated the middle class, called Barack out of touch and elitist. And Hillary Clinton, who is the candidate who said lobbyists represent real people, didn’t just echo the Republican candidate’s talking points: she actually used the very same words to pile on with more attacks.
These comments show just how out of touch Senator McCain and Senator Clinton are with the reality of what’s happening in this election.
We’ve built the broadest campaign of ordinary people in the history of presidential politics — and more people across this country have voted for Barack Obama than either one of them.
And we’ve done it the right way: our campaign is funded by everyday people giving $5 or more. That’s distinctly different from Senator McCain and Senator Clinton, who both rely on money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs.
There’s nothing elitist about a movement of more than a million people standing up for a different kind of politics.
If you’re fed up with these kinds of tired attacks, you can do something about it right now. We’re setting a goal of 1.5 million people giving to this campaign by May 6th.
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Barack Obama’s own life and story are reflected in the character of this grassroots campaign. He was raised by a single mother with help from his grandparents. He has a family he loves, not long ago finished paying off his student loans, and he’s doing what he can to help change this country.
That’s what he’s done for his entire career. After graduating, he became a community organizer, working with people in Chicago who — like many people across the country right now — felt left behind by their leaders.
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The attacks from the Clinton campaign — on Barack Obama himself, and on supporters like you — can be expected to increase as her chances of winning dwindle further.
A few weeks ago, one of her top aides tried to diminish our success by referring to the places we’ve won as “boutique” states and to our supporters as the “latte-sipping crowd.”
That means 30 states and territories — twice as many as Senator Clinton has won — qualify as “boutique.” And the nearly 15 million people who have voted for us (again, more than Senator Clinton) must drink a lot of latte.
It’s clear that Senator Clinton will continue to say or do anything as her campaign gets more and more negative.
But 1.5 million donors will be an astonishing and undeniable signal that it isn’t the elites fueling this movement — it’s the American people.
That starts with you.
Obama for America
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And it also touches something inside of me…it incites a righteous indignation. If you do not know the plotline, the character played by Samuel L Jackson is a negotiator for the Chicago police. There is internal fraud occuring, skimming money from the disability fund. Samuel’s partner gets too close to the truth…and that’s where it gets interesting. Someone dies, and Jackson gets framed for the crime.
Jackson loses his badge, possibly his freedom, his wife…and his name.
What is it about our name, our reputation that is so central to our identity. I think especially with a man, there is something deep inside him that is violated when his name is betrayed.
I remember working at a job where I witnessed less than honest business dealings. When I brought them to light, not only did the parties involved not admit wrongdoing, they turned the tables on me. I was ambushed. My word was questioned, my character was impuned and I was given a lonely chair in a dark room.
In those situations, you hope you have made enough deposits into the trust banks of your friends and colleagues that they will see through the lies that are being spread. However, it is a harsh reality that many times it comes down to one person’s word against another, and you have no guarantees that your name may not be forever ruined in some people’s eyes.
Betrayal. Betrayal of my name, my word, my integrity. Is there a more lonely chair?
Identity theft is a rapidly growing crime in this country. Why is it so painful? Because someone takes your name, your reputation, and commits acts in your stead.
Gossip is another form of theft. Taking the reputation of another, and stealing the dignity of their name from whoever is listening.
“A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything–or destroy it!
It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.
This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue–it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image.”
Lord, help me control my tongue, and may my words never place a fellow human being in that lonely chair.