The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Ꮹ Read ῲ The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream online free download ⚭ Book Author Barack Obama ⚶ Ꮹ Read ῲ The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream online free download ⚭ Book Author Barack Obama ⚶ PrologueIts been almost ten years since I first ran for political office I was thirty five at the time, four years out of law school, recently married, and generally impatient with life A seat in the Illinois legislature had opened up, and several friends suggested that I run, thinking that my work as a civil rights lawyer, and contacts from my days as a community organizer, would make me a viable candidate After discussing it with my wife, I entered the race and proceeded to do what every first time candidate does I talked to anyone who would listen I went to block club meetings and church socials, beauty shops and barbershops If two guys were standing on a corner, I would cross the street to hand them campaign literature And everywhere I went, Id get some version of the same two questions.Whered you get that funny name And then You seem like a nice enough guy Why do you want to go into something dirty and nasty like politics I was familiar with the question, a variant on the questions asked of me years earlier, when Id first arrived in Chicago to work in low income neighborhoods It signaled a cynicism not simply with politics but with the very notion of a public life, a cynicism thatat least in the South Side neighborhoods I sought to representhad been nourished by a generation of broken promises In response, I would usually smile and nod and say that I understood the skepticism, but that there wasand always had beenanother tradition to politics, a tradition that stretched from the days of the countrys founding to the glory of the civil rights movement, a tradition based on the simple idea that we have a stake in one another, and that what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart, and that if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done It was a pretty convincing speech, I thought And although Im not sure that the people who heard me deliver it were similarly impressed, enough of them appreciated my earnestness and youthful swagger that I made it to the Illinois legislature.Six years later, when I decided to run for the United States Senate, I wasnt so sure of myself.By all appearances, my choice of careers seemed to have worked out After spending my two terms during which I labored in the minority, Democrats had gained control of the state senate, and I had subsequently passed a slew of bills, from reforms of the Illinois death penalty system to an expansion of the states health program for kids I had continued to teach at the University of Chicago Law School, a job I enjoyed, and was frequently invited to speak around town I had preserved my independence, my good name, and my marriage, all of which, statistically speaking, had been placed at risk the moment I set foot in the state capital.But the years had also taken their toll Some of it was just a function of my getting older, I suppose, for if you are paying attention, each successive year will make you intimately acquainted with all of your flawsthe blind spots, the recurring habits of thought that may be genetic or may be environmental, but that will almost certainly worsen with time, as surely as the hitch in your walk turns to pain in your hip In me, one of those flaws had proven to be a chronic restlessness an inability to appreciate, no matter how well things were going, those blessings that were right there in front of me Its a flaw that is endemic to modern life, I thinkendemic, too, in the American characterand one that is nowhere evident than in the field of politics Whether politics actually encourages the trait or simply attracts those who possess it is unclear Lyndon Johnson, who knew much about both politics and restlessness, once said that every man is trying to either live up to his fathers expectations or make up for his fathers mistakes, and I suppose that may explain my particular malady as well as anything else.In any event, it was as a consequence of that restlessness that I decided to challenge a sitting Democratic incumbent for his congressional seat in the 2000 election cycle It was an ill considered race, and I lost badlythe sort of drubbing that awakens you to the fact that life is not obliged to work out as youd planned A year and a half later, the scars of that loss sufficiently healed, I had lunch with a media consultant who had been encouraging me for some time to run for statewide office As it happened, the lunch was scheduled for late September 2001.You realize, dont you, that the political dynamics have changed, he said as he picked at his salad.What do you mean I asked, knowing full well what he meant We both looked down at the newspaper beside him There, on the front page, was Osama bin Laden.Hell of a thing, isnt it he said, shaking his head Really bad luck You cant change your name, of course Voters are suspicious of that kind of thing Maybe if you were at the start of your career, you know, you could use a nickname or something But now His voice trailed off and he shrugged apologetically before signaling the waiter to bring us the check.I suspected he was right, and that realization ate away at me For the first time in my career, I began to experience the envy of seeing younger politicians succeed where I had failed, moving into higher offices, getting things done The pleasures of politicsthe adrenaline of debate, the animal warmth of shaking hands and plunging into a crowdbegan to pale against the meaner tasks of the job the begging for money, the long drives home after the banquet had run two hours longer than scheduled, the bad food and stale air and clipped phone conversations with a wife who had stuck by me so far but was pretty fed up with raising our children alone and was beginning to question my priorities Even the legislative work, the policy making that had gotten me to run in the first place, began to feel too incremental, too removed from the larger battlesover taxes, security, health care, and jobsthat were being waged on a national stage I began to harbor doubts about the path I had chosen I began feeling the way I imagine an actor or athlete must feel when, after years of commitment to a particular dream, after years of waiting tables between auditions or scratching out hits in the minor leagues, he realizes that hes gone just about as far as talent or fortune will take him The dream will not happen, and he now faces the choice of accepting this fact like a grown up and moving on to sensible pursuits, or refusing the truth and ending up bitter, quarrelsome, and slightly pathetic.Denial, anger, bargaining, despairIm not sure I went through all the stages prescribed by the experts At some point, though, I arrived at acceptanceof my limits, and, in a way, my mortality I refocused on my work in the state senate and took satisfaction from the reforms and initiatives that my position afforded I spent time at home, and watched my daughters grow, and properly cherished my wife, and thought about my long term financial obligations I exercised, and read novels, and came to appreciate how the earth rotated around the sun and the seasons came and went without any particular exertions on my part.And it was this acceptance, I think, that allowed me to come up with the thoroughly cockeyed idea of running for the United States Senate An up or out strategy was how I described it to my wife, one last shot to test out my ideas before I settled into a calmer, stable, and better paying existence And sheperhaps out of pity than convictionagreed to this one last race, though she also suggested that given the orderly life she preferred for our family, I shouldnt necessarily count on her vote I let her take comfort in the long odds against me The Republican incumbent, Peter Fitzgerald, had spent 19 million of his personal wealth to unseat the previous senator, Carol Moseley Braun He wasnt widely popular in fact he didnt really seem to enjoy politics all that much But he still had unlimited money in his family, as well as a genuine integrity that had earned him grudging respect from the voters.For a time Carol Moseley Braun reappeared, back from an ambassadorship in New Zealand and with thoughts of trying to reclaim her old seat her possible candidacy put my own plans on hold When she decided to run for the presidency instead, everyone else started looking at the Senate race By the time Fitzgerald announced he would not seek reelection, I was staring at six primary opponents, including the sitting state comptroller a businessman worth hundreds of millions of dollars Chicago Mayor Richard Daleys former chief of staff and a black, female health care professional who the smart money assumed would split the black vote and doom whatever slim chances Id had in the first place.I didnt care Freed from worry by low expectations, my credibility bolstered by several helpful endorsements, I threw myself into the race with an energy and joy that I thought I had lost I hired four staffers, all of them smart, in their twenties or early thirties, and suitably cheap We found a small office, printed letterhead, installed phone lines and several computers Four or five hours a day, I called major Democratic donors and tried to get my calls returned I held press conferences to which nobody came We signed up for the annual St Patricks Day Parade and were assigned the parades very last slot, so that my ten volunteers and I found ourselves marching just a few paces ahead of the citys sanitation trucks, waving to the few stragglers who remained on the route while workers swept up garbage and peeled green shamrock stickers off the lampposts.Mostly, though, I just traveled, often driving alone, first from ward to ward in Chicago, then from county to county and town to town, eventually up and down the state, across miles and miles of cornfields and beanfields and train tracks and silos It wasnt an efficient process Without the machinery of the states Democratic Party organization, without any real mailing list or Internet operation, I had to rely on friends or acquaintances to open their houses to who ever might come, or to arrange for my visit to their church, union hall, bridge group, or Rotary Club Sometimes, after several hours of driving, I would find just two or three people waiting for me around a kitchen table I would have to assure the hosts that the turnout was fine and compliment them on the refreshments theyd prepared Sometimes I would sit through a church service and the pastor would forget to recognize me, or the head of the union local would let me speak to his members just before announcing that the union had decided to endorse someone else But whether I was meeting with two people or fifty, whether I was in one of the well shaded, stately homes of the North Shore, a walk up apartment on the West Side, or a farmhouse outside Bloomington, whether people were friendly, indifferent, or occasionally hostile, I tried my best to keep my mouth shut and hear what they had to say I listened to people talk about their jobs, their businesses, the local school their anger at Bush and their anger at Democrats their dogs, their back pain, their war service, and the things they remembered from childhood Some had well developed theories to explain the loss of manufacturing jobs or the high cost of health care Some recited what they had heard on Rush Limbaugh or NPR But most of them were too busy with work or their kids to pay much attention to politics, and they spoke instead of what they saw before them a plant closed, a promotion, a high heating bill, a parent in a nursing home, a childs first step.No blinding insights emerged from these months of conversation If anything, what struck me was just how modest peoples hopes were, and how much of what they believed seemed to hold constant across race, region, religion, and class Most of them thought that anybody willing to work should be able to find a job that paid a living wage They figured that people shouldnt have to file for bankruptcy because they got sick They believed that every child should have a genuinely good educationthat it shouldnt just be a bunch of talkand that those same children should be able to go to college even if their parents werent rich They wanted to be safe, from criminals and from terrorists they wanted clean air, clean water, and time with their kids And when they got old, they wanted to be able to retire with some dignity and respect.That was about it It wasnt much And although they understood that how they did in life depended mostly on their own effortsalthough they didnt expect government to solve all their problems, and certainly didnt like seeing their tax dollars wastedthey figured that government should help.I told them that they were right government couldnt solve all their problems But with a slight change in priorities we could make sure every child had a decent shot at life and meet the challenges we faced as a nation More often than not, folks would nod in agreement and ask how they could get involved And by the time I was back on the road, with a map on the passengers seat, on my way to my next stop, I knew once again just why Id gone into politics.I felt like working harder than Id ever worked in my life.This book grows directly out of those conversations on the campaign trail Not only did my encounters with voters confirm the fundamental decency of the American people, they also reminded me that at the core of the American experience are a set of ideals that continue to stir our collective conscience a common set of values that bind us together despite our differences a running thread of hope that makes our improbable experiment in democracy work These values and ideals find expression not just in the marble slabs of monuments or in the recitation of history books They remain alive in the hearts and minds of most Americansand can inspire us to pride, duty, and sacrifice.I recognize the risks of talking this way In an era of globalization and dizzying technological change, cutthroat politics and unremitting culture wars, we dont even seem to possess a shared language with which to discuss our ideals, much less the tools to arrive at some rough consensus about how, as a nation, we might work together to bring those ideals about Most of us are wise to the ways of admen, pollsters, speechwriters, and pundits We know how high flying words can be deployed in the service of cynical aims, and how the noblest sentiments can be subverted in the name of power, expedience, greed, or intolerance Even the standard high school history textbook notes the degree to which, from its very inception, the reality of American life has strayed from its myths In such a climate, any assertion of shared ideals or common values might seem hopelessly naive, if not downright dangerousan attempt to gloss over serious differences over policy and performance or, worse, a means of muffling the complaints of those who feel ill served by our current institutional arrangements My argument, however, is that we have no choice You dont need a poll to know that the vast majority of AmericansRepublican, Democrat, and independentare weary of the dead zone that politics has become, in which narrow interests vie for advantage and ideological minorities seek to impose their own versions of absolute truth Whether were from red states or blue states, we feel in our gut the lack of honesty, rigor, and common sense in our policy debates, and dislike what appears to be a continuous menu of false or cramped choices Religious or secular, black, white, or brown, we sense correctlythat the nations most significant challenges are being ignored, and that if we dont change course soon, we may be the first generation in a very long time that leaves behind a weaker and fractured America than the one we inherited Perhaps than any other time in our recent history, we need a new kind of politics, one that can excavate and build upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans.Thats the topic of this book how we might begin the process of changing our politics and our civic life This isnt to say that I know exactly how to do it I dont Although I discuss in each chapter a number of our most pressing policy challenges, and suggest in broad strokes the path I believe we should follow, my treatment of the issues is often partial and incomplete I offer no unifying theory of American government, nor do these pages provide a manifesto for action, complete with charts and graphs, timetables and ten point plans.Instead what I offer is something modest personal reflections on those values and ideals that have led me to public life, some thoughts on the ways that our current political discourse unnecessarily divides us, and my own best assessmentbased on my experience as a senator and lawyer, husband and father, Christian and skepticof the ways we can ground our politics in the notion of a common good.Let me be specific about how the book is organized Chapter One takes stock of our recent political history and tries to explain some of the sources for todays bitter partisanship In Chapter Two, I discuss those common values that might serve as the foundation for a new political consensus Chapter Three explores the Constitution not just as a source of individual rights, but also as a means of organizing a democratic conversation around our collective future In Chapter Four, I try to convey some of the institutional forcesmoney, media, interest groups, and the legislative processthat stifle even the best intentioned politician And in the remaining five chapters, I suggest how we might move beyond our divisions to effectively tackle concrete problems the growing economic insecurity of many American families, the racial and religious tensions within the body politic, and the transnational threatsfrom terrorism to pandemicthat gather beyond our shores I suspect that some readers may find my presentation of these issues to be insufficiently balanced To this accusation, I stand guilty as charged I am a Democrat, after all my views on most topics correspond closely to the editorial pages of the New York Times than those of the Wall Street Journal I am angry about policies that consistently favor the wealthy and powerful over average Americans, and insist that government has an important role in opening up opportunity to all I believe in evolution, scientific inquiry, and global warming I believe in free speech, whether politically correct or politically incorrect, and I am suspicious of using government to impose anybodys religious beliefsincluding my ownon nonbelievers Further, I am a prisoner of my own biography I cant help but view the American experience through the lens of a black man of mixed heritage, forever mindful of how generations of people who looked like me were subjugated and stigmatized, and the subtle and not so subtle ways that race and class continue to shape our lives But that is not all that I am I also think my party can be smug, detached, and dogmatic at times I believe in the free market, competition, and entrepreneurship, and think no small number of government programs dont work as advertised I wish the country had fewer lawyers and engineers I think America has often been a force for good than for ill in the world I carry few illusions about our enemies, and revere the courage and competence of our military I reject a politics that is based solely on racial identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or victimhood generally I think much of what ails the inner city involves a breakdown in culture that will not be cured by money alone, and that our values and spiritual life matter at least as much as our GDP.Undoubtedly, some of these views will get me in trouble I am new enough on the national political scene that I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views As such, I am bound to disappoint some, if not all, of them Which perhaps indicates a second, intimate theme to this booknamely, how I, or anybody in public office, can avoid the pitfalls of fame, the hunger to please, the fear of loss, and thereby retain that kernel of truth, that singular voice within each of us that reminds us of our deepest commitments Recently, one of the reporters covering Capitol Hill stopped me on the way to my office and mentioned that she had enjoyed reading my first book I wonder, she said, if you can be that interesting in the next one you write By which she meant, I wonder if you can be honest now that you are a U.S senator.I wonder, too, sometimes I hope writing this book helps me answer the question.He is one of the best writers to enter modern politics Jonathan Alter, Barack Obama is that rare politician who can actually write and write movingly and genuinely about himselfIn these pages he often speaks to the reader as if he were an old friend from back in the day, salting policy recommendations with colorful asides about the absurdities of political life He strives in these pages to ground his policy thinking in simple common sensewhile articulating these venomous pre election days, but also in these increasingly polarized and polarizing times Michiko Katutani, New York Times Few on the partisan landscape can discuss the word hope in a political context and be regarded as the least bit sincere Obama is such a man, and he proves it by employing a fresh and buoyant vocabulary to scrub away some of the toxins from contemporary political debate Those polling categories that presume to define the vast chasm between us do not, Obama reminds us, add up to the sum of our concerns or hint at where our hearts otherwise intersectObama advances ordinary words like empathy , humility , grace and balance into the extraordinary context of 2006 s hyper agitated partisan politics The effect is not only refreshing but also hopefulAs you might anticipate from a former civil lawyer and a university lecturer on constitutional law, Obama writes convincingly about race as well as the lofty place the Constitution holds in American lifeHe writes tenderly about family and knowingly about faith Readers, no matter what their party affiliation, may experience the oddly uplifting sensation of comparing the everyday contemptuous view of politics that circulates so widely in our civic conversations with the practical idealism set down by this slender, smiling, 45 year old former sate legislator who is included on virtually every credible list of future presidential contenders Los Angeles Times What s impressive about Obama is an intelligence that his new books diplays in aubundance Washington Post Book World An upbeat view of the country s potential and a political biography that concentrates on the senator s core values Chicago TribuneThe self portrait is appealing It presents a man of relative youth yet maturity, a wise observer of the human condition, a figure who possesses perseverance and writing skills that have flashes of grandeur Obama also demonstrates a wry sense of humorHis particular upbringing gives him special insights into the transition of American politics in the 1960s and 70s from debates over economic principles to a focus on culture and morality, and into the divisiveness, polarization and incivility that accompanied this transition.Gary Hart, The New York Times Book ReviewAmericas founders set a high standard for political writing, and most contemporary efforts fall woefully short How nice, then, to have a politician who can write as well as U.S Sen Barack Obama of Illinois The Audacity of Hope is fascinating in its revelation of Obama as someone who considers and questions, rather than asserts and declares In nine focused chapters, Obama shows himself an agile thinker This is an idea book, not a public policy primer.Elizabeth Taylor, Philadelphia Daily NewsNot only is Obama a good writer, his mind is top shelf, his heart tender.Les Payne, NewsdayA thoughtful, careful analysis of what needs to be done to preserve our freedoms in a time of terror.Newton N Minow, Chicago Tribune Download Audacity For Windows , ME and also for XP without the latest Service Pack hardware SSE, legacy versions of Audacity are available on Legacy The Hope Wikipedia The Thoughts Reclaiming American Dream is second book written by then Senator Barack Obama It became number one both New York Windows works best computers meeting than minimum requirements stated above lengthy multi track projects, we recommend using machines eBook door Lees met Rakuten Kobo s success in becoming President d t n pl 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    • Barack Obama
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