Yes, we can- to the cause of Freedom.

This patsak will finally admit that for nth time, I have viewed will.i.am’s video for The Yes We Can Song. Based on an inspiring speech by Senator Barack Obama at a New Hampshire event, the video amplified the inspiration and it has went viral at warp speed.

The video is a masterpiece. It’s from the heart. It’s art. will.i.am, front man for hip hop phenomenon Black Eyed Peas and Director Jesse Dylan are media masters- will’s success in music already says as much. As a musical artist, will has demonstrated a strong feel for the pulse of a generation several times. The video has the the ingredients to move people to action. In my humble opinion, you can’t get better viral than this.

will.i.am schools Ogilvy – all of the big ad agencies, in fact. Naturally, Republicans and Hillary Clinton are not very happy about this triumph.

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Senator Obama, a Democrat, served eight years in the Illinois State Senate and since 2005 as a U.S. Senator for Illinois. Among his many achievements, he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review. As everyone knows, Obama is running for president and Obama’s candidacy for president is endorsed up and down from celebrities to senators including Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA). Described as a socialist by the right and all talk by Hillary Clinton, “the Illinois prophet” speaks clearly and down-to-earth with powerful words and wisdom like a Baptist minister.

What is surprising is that his mix of spiritual and political message does not seem to be offending liberals. Often quoting the bible by verse and number, he is an evangelist that speaks often about human dignity, empathy and compassion for our fellow man- not to mention the possibility of change, of healing America and repairing the world.

Yes, we can.

Here’s the message that I left on that blog:

I’m going to suspend my disappointment, suspicion, disillusionment and hesitation. will.i.am gave something strong from his heart and from his hope. We all need to give something strong from our heart and hope- if we are to change.

That change must be that we will join together in a common cause and hope as one people and one nation to further pursue the cause of Freedom.

This does not mean that I or you should abandon what we believe as individuals to be true, good and beautiful.

We must follow our conscience, each of us, but we must also work together and speak together because there are things that we can agree upon and accomplish together.

And, together, we can believe again that we are one people, one nation and one will for a common good, for a DREAM, and a freedom that embraces responsibility.

Here’s something from my heart and my hope to you…

Yes, we can.

Stan Faryna
Editor-in-chief of “Black and Right: The Bold New Voice of Black Conservatives in America” (Praeger, 1996)

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Here’s just a few of the messages that I enjoyed reading there:

sara (sic) writes:

“A candidate worth my vote, my country, my inspiration and my hope. The possibilities make my heart beat faster and my skin tingle. Obama is a true inspiration and I believe can bring this country back to itself. To be proud of my president, my country, and all that she can stand for — is it a dream?”

John writes:

“I’m voting for hope…”

Nick writes:

“Man is created naturally free and it is free that we were intended to be, no government and no official has the right to control a people outside of a natural moral law. It should not be a government that forces the provision to the poor, but the natural act of individual and private entities and organizations, not government controlled. Obama gives a great speech and though I do not agree with his views I will say that it is very motivating, but motivation does nothing when it is meant to lead away from solid values and strong foundations, unfortunately most of our elected officials have done so, and it is not left for one group to carry the blame. Yes our country should unite and come together, but it will only happen when the inspiration is guided towards what inspired our country and her founding in the first place.”

P.Carleto writes:

“ITs is about giving people the right equality and decency. The poverty line is about $14.37 an hour, 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. the min wage is less than $ 7an hour in most states. Half of the $14an hour needed just to be poor. So where is your safety net. I have brother and sisters in arms dying comeing home wounded and cant get medical or funding for school. where is your net. i will take insiration over the fearful idiotic speeches we have been hearing for the past 8 years. I have seen mothers prostitute theirselfs to feed there kids. people work 2 jobs and cant get bye. Obama is where he is because of hard work self reliance and his indivdualism. IT sounds more that you are for social justice as long as certain people know there place and you feel there are places not for certain people. Read a book grow your mind because all problems can be fixed as long as you know there is a problem.”

Jaribu writes:

“Whoever can cause a people to look within and change their own minds and their own actions as it relates to their ability to change the world, is the right person for the job. That’s what a leader does, evoke introspection, evoke hope. We must remember that a leader also needs great followers. A people sitting idle waiting for one person to saaaave us all won’t cut it. The people stilll have to work. People keep saying Obama’s not ready. Can a leader ever be completely prepared to lead. A parent completely prepared to raise a child. A person completely prepared to be a husband or a wife. There is no handbook, there is no set time period where you are seasoned just right. You just do it! You use that tiny mustard seed of faith that is in you and the power that created you will use you to reach further than you think you can reach, run faster than you think you can run and create things you thought were impossible to create…and will not fail. All that is required is an open and willing spirit. The question is are we ready? Ready for the change we’ve been asking and praying for. Ready to do the work of being great leaders and followers. A leader is only as great as his/her followers. A leader is nothing without followers. So whoever is elected for president should have followers that will demand that he walks the talk and be able to walk with him as well as hold him accountable if he strays.”Tamara writes:

Obama is the only candidate that has not attacked any other canidate. Now that’s a CHANGE, stand for Change…YES WE CAN!”

Adam writes:

“The presidency is not a music video. It’s not a joke. It’s a very serious and consequential job and you cannot simply vote for the coolest guy or girl. For the sake of the nation, please just research Obama’s record and the legislation he has voted for and sponsored. He is a socialist. He wants higer taxes, bigger government, more regulation, less freedom, cradle-to-grave entitlements – the list goes on and on. America, put down the iPods and wake up…..Obama may be a great guy but his policies are extremely dangerous.”

Irishwriter writes:

“I was going to just watch the elections. I was quickly becoming cynical. Then I saw this. I still don’t know who I’m going to vote for, but I AM going to vote. I know it does matter. Thanks for that. Thanks for hope. And that, to me, is what a President is supposed to bring. will.i.am 4 pres.i.dent”

Keith Johnson writes:

“We are blessed to have such a gifted and special leader as Barack Obama to accept the challenge of helping to make America the country it should be. As a Black man, my spirits are soaring ,thinking about the possibilities!! YES WE CAN!!”

From Spain writes:

“From Spain y say “YES WE CAN”. Vote for Obama. It’s necesary to change America and the world for better. Saludos desde Espa”

will.i.am writes:

“… And i found myself torn…
because this time it’s not that simple…
our choices aren’t as clear as the last elections …
last time it was so obvious…
Bush and war
vs
no Bush and no war…

But this time it’s not that simple…
and there are a lot of people that are torn just like i am…

So for awhile I put it off and i was going to wait until it was decided for me…

And then came New Hampshire…

And i was captivated…

Inspired…

I reflected on my life…
and the blessings I have…
and the people who fought for me to have these rights and blessings…

and I’m not talking about a “black thing”
I’m talking about a “human thing” me as a “person”
an American…

That speech made me think of Martin Luther King…
Kennedy…
and Lincoln…
and all the others that have fought for what we have today…

what America is “supposed” to be…

freedom…
equality…
and truth…

and then there was New Hampshire

it was that speech…
like many great speeches…
that one moved me…
because words and ideas are powerful…

It made me think…
and realize that today we have “very few” leaders…
maybe none…

but that speech…

it inspired me…
it inspired me to look inside myself and outwards towards the world…
it inspired me to want to change myself to better the world…
and take a “leap” towards change…
and hope that others become inspired to do the same…
change themselves..
change their greed…
change their fears…
and if we “change that”
“then hey”..
we got something right…???…
Yes we can…
A United “America”
Democrats, Republicans and Independents together…
Building a new America

We can do it…
“TOGETHER””

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Stan Faryna
February 15, 2008
Bucharest, Romania
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