Senator Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party nomination at the top of the ticket last night during a speech at Invesco field in Denver. He spoke of many things as he introduced himself to America, but he identified one that I find to be the root of what’s wrong with the republican party, their ruthless selfishness.

Now, I don’t believe that Senator McCain doesn’t care what’s going on in the lives of Americans. I just think he doesn’t know. {snip} It’s not because John McCain doesn’t care. It’s because John McCain doesn’t get it.

For over two decades, he’s subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy – give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is – you’re on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No health care? The market will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps – even if you don’t have boots. You’re on your own.

And the contrast?

Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves – protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology.

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work.

This is a major difference between my party and the republicans. I can’t wait to hear the spin on this.

h/t to the New York Times for a wonderful interactive Barack Obama’s Speech at the Democratic National Convention, which provides text on one side and the actuality on the other.

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"Ownership Society" by was published on August 29th, 2008 and is listed in Barack Obama, DNCC, Election 08.

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