Yes. We. Can.

It was a creed written into the founding documents
That declared the destiny of a nation, yes we can
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists
As they blazed a trail toward freedom, yes we can

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out
From distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward
Against an unforgiving wilderness, yes we can

It was the call of workers who organized
Women who reached for the ballots
A President who chose the moon as our new frontier
And a King who took us to the mountaintop
And pointed the way to the Promised Land

Yes we can to justice and equality
Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity
Yes we can heal this nation
Yes we can repair this world
Yes we can

We know the battle ahead will be long
But always remember that no matter
What obstacles stand in our way
Nothing can stand in the way of the power
Of millions of voices calling for change
(We want change)

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics
They will only grow louder and more dissonant
We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check
We’ve been warned against offering
The people of this nation false hope

But in the unlikely story that is America
There has never been anything false about hope
Now the hopes of the little girl who goes
To a crumbling school in Dillon are the same
As the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA

We will remember that there is something happening in America
That we are not as divided as our politics suggests
That we are one people, we are one nation
And together, we will begin the next great chapter
In the American story with three words that will ring
From coast to coast, from sea to shining sea, yes we can

Jr. Pajon; William Adams

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12 thoughts on “Yes. We. Can.

  1. YES!!!
    I just heard on 60 Minutes that more Americans watched Obama’s speech on Thursday night than watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics. That is so awesome and really gives me hope!


  2. Annie, thanks once again for the heads up on 60 minutes. I got distracted and missed the first few minutes but caught most of it.
    Obama is the first politician that has truly inspired me. He is intelligent, he cares, he is against the war and has always been against the war, and he has hope and does want change. I believe he will inspire many of us to work together to make this change that we need so desperately. This country has fallen apart. The world no longer respects us. I believe that Obama is the candidate that will help to create this change. Yes it will be work and it won’t happen over night, but I do believe he wants this for every American.
    Yes we must, and yes, eight is ENOUGH!!
    I don’t want to turn this blog into something political, so I won’t post this, but if you get the chance, look up the video “” on YouTube.


  3. Thanks for posting this!
    For a Canuck, and not a US’er, I have to tell you that I think this guy just might make the difference for your country and for the rest of the world, even. He just might.
    One good soul doing one good thing changes the energy of the Universe ever so slightly, So, then, how much more could the Democrats of the country and their leaders change that same energy, if there is the will to go for it!
    Fingers crossed, and I’m not even a voter!


  4. You know I slept through most of Thursday, sick with a stomach virus. But I woke at about 9:50pm and remembered the DNC was on and caught his speech, truely amazing if he can do even 1/3 of what he wants to do, we will all be so much better off.


  5. Girasoli, I agree with you. I’ve always voted but I’ve never been inspired to do more than that. I actually went to a fundraiser for him and am going to try to do more between now and November.


  6. Hi Girasoli, cool video. Obama is so inspirational and he said so many great things in his awesome speech that is so important. He said that this election is about what we want! And I think we all want change and to feel inspired again! I also liked his honesty on mutual responsibility. He’s the first politician that I’ve seen in a long time that I actually believe.
    Great post!


  7. I’ve been a registered voter in this country since 1984 and this is the first time that I have complete confidence in a candidate and I’m truly excited about casting my vote for a candidate I feel can make a big difference. I’m sending today my and my husband’s early ballot request since we’ll be watching the outcome of the election from somewhere in Andalucia.


  8. Hey Jan, good to hear from you!
    Brenda and Sandra, I always find it interesting hearing views from other countries. I think at this point, our election results really will affect the world. Let’s hope people can just look at issues instead of all the spin and other crap and vote for issues.
    Kim, that is just how I feel (not the stomach flu sick part). I realize that he has big dreams for us but like you said, if he can just accomplish 1/3rd it would get us back on the right track.
    Annie, your state could really count. I am so glad you are out there! There is not much I can do here since it will be a landslide here. That is why I figured my blog might reach a few more people.
    Kathy, “I also liked his honesty on mutual responsibility.” – that is one of the things I love about his approach!!
    María, I’m so glad you and your husband will be voting even though you will be on vacation during the election. Your state also could make a difference depending on how the next couple of months go.
    It really feels nice to know that others feel the same way. Yes we can!!


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