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PIDATO KEMENANGAN OBAMA From: Billy Yoseph Bibianus
Kenapa Pilih Jalan Demokrasi? From: Billy Yoseph Bibianus




Posted by: "Billy Yoseph Bibianus" billy_classic@yahoo.ie   billy_classic

Wed Nov 5, 2008 5:29 pm (PST)

Pidato kemenangan Obama
Menyentuh dan memberi inspirasi... ..


Hello, Chicago.
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place
where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our
founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our
democracy, tonight is your answer.

It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and
churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited
three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives,
because they believed that this time must be different, that their
voices could be that difference.It' s the answer spoken by young and
old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic,
Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled.

Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just
a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue
We are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many
to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to
put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the
hope of a better day.It's been a long time coming, but tonight,
because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining
moment change has come to America.

A little bit earlier this evening, I received an extraordinarily
gracious call from Senator McCain.Senator McCain fought long and hard
in this campaign. And he's fought even longer and harder for the
country that he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most
of us cannot begin to imagine. We are better off for the service
rendered by this brave and selfless leader.

I congratulate him; I congratulate Governor Palin for all that they've
achieved. And I look forward to working with them to renew this
nation's promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from
his heart, and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the
streets of Scranton... and rode with on the train home to Delaware,
the vice president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding
support of my best friend for the last 16 years ... the rock of our
family, the love of my life, the nation's next first lady ... Michelle
Obama. Sasha and Malia ... I love you both more than you can imagine.
And you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us ... to the new
White House.

And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother' s watching,
along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight. I
know that my debt to them is beyond measure.To my sister Maya (Maya
Soetoro -Ng - kakak tirinya), my sister Alma, all my other brothers
and sisters, thank you so much for all the support that you've given
me. I am grateful to them.

And to my campaign manager, David Plouffe ... the unsung hero of this
campaign, who built the best -- the best political campaign, I think,
in the history of the United States of America.

To my chief strategist David Axelrod ... who's been a partner with me
every step of the way.To the best campaign team ever assembled in the
history of politics ... you made this happen, and I am forever
grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to.
It belongs to you. It belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn't start
with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in
the halls of Washington. It began in the backyards of Des Moines and
the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston. It
was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings
they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to the cause.

It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their
generation's apathy ... who left their homes and their families for
jobs that offered little pay and less sleep.

It drew strength from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter
cold and scorching heat to knock on doors of perfect strangers, and
from the millions of Americans who volunteered and organized and
proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people,
by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth.This
is your victory.

And I know you didn't do this just to win an election. And I know you
didn't do it for me.You did it because you understand the enormity of
the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know
the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our
lifetime -- two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in
a century.

Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans
waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to
risk their lives for us.There are mothers and fathers who will lie
awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the
mortgage or pay their doctors' bills or save enough for their child's
college education.

There's new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to
build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair.The road ahead will be
long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or
even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I
am tonight that we will get there.

I promise you, we as a people will get there.
AUDIENCE: Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't
agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know
the government can't solve every problem.

But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I
will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I
will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way
it's been done in America for 221 years -- block by block, brick by
brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this
autumn night.This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only
the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go
back to the way things were.

It can't happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new
spirit of sacrifice.So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of
responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder
and look after not only ourselves but each other.

Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything,
it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street

In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let's
resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and
pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.

Let's remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the
banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on
the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national
unity.Those are values that we all share. And while the Democratic
Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of
humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our

As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not
enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not
break our bonds of affection.

And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not
have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help.
And I will be your president, too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from
parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the
forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our
destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.

To those -- to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat
you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all
those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright:
Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes
not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from
the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and
unyielding hope.That's the true genius of America: that America can
change. Our union can be perfected. What we've already achieved gives
us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for
generations. But one that's on my mind tonight's about a woman who
cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others
who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except
for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no
cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't
vote for two reasons -- because she was a woman and because of the
color of her skin. And tonight, I think about all that she's seen
throughout her century in America -- the heartache and the hope; the
struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and
the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed,
she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot.
Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the
land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs,
a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

AUDIENCE: Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world,
she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a
democracy was saved. Yes we can.

AUDIENCE: Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a
bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that
"We Shall Overcome." Yes we can.

AUDIENCE: Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world
was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in
this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote,
because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the
darkest of hours, she knows how America can change.Yes we can.

AUDIENCE: Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so
much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves -- if our children
should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so
lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see?
What progress will we have made?This is our chance to answer that
call. This is our moment.This is our time, to put our people back to
work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity
and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and
reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that
while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and
doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that
timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.

Thank you.
God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.

Billy J. Bibianus

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Kenapa Pilih Jalan Demokrasi?

Posted by: "Billy Yoseph Bibianus" billy_classic@yahoo.ie   billy_classic

Wed Nov 5, 2008 8:58 pm (PST)

Sketsa Pemilu 2009...
Teman-teman ini merupakan sebuah wacana yang mendidik tentang demokrasi, selamat membaca dan mengkritisi...
Billy Joseph Bibianus
Banyak jalan menuju Roma, demikian juga banyak jalan menuju kesejahteraan bangsa. Demokrasi adalah salah satu jalan. Memang berliku, tapi terbukti paling sukses.

Demokrasi sebagai tatanan politik adalah model tepat untuk mengelola kehidupan kenegaraan. Memang demokrasi bukan satu-satunya model yang paling sempurna untuk mengatur peri kehidupan manusia. Namun sejarah menunjukkan bahwa demokrasi memiliki peluang paling kecil dalam menistakan kemanusiaan.

Tumbangnya rezim komunisme di Eropa Timur menambah daftar panjang keunggulan demokrasi atas rezim-rezim politik lain, sehingga kini dia dianut oleh sebagian besar negara di dunia ini. Dalam risalah singkatnya tentang demokrasi, Robert Dhal (1998), mencatat beberapa kelebihan demokrasi dibandingkan dengan rezim politik yang lain.

Pertama, demokrasi menolong mencegah tumbuhnya pemerintahan oleh kaum otokrat yang kejam dan licik. Kedua, demokrasi menjamin bagi warga negara sejumlah hak asasi yang tidak diberikan dan tidak dapat diberikan oleh sistem-sistem yang tidak demokratis.

Ketiga, demokrasi menjamin kebebasan pribadi yang lebih luas sebagai warga negara daripada alternatif lain yang memungkinkan. Keempat, demokrasi membantu orang-orang untuk melindungi kepentingan pokok mereka.

Kelima, hanya pemerintahan yang demokratis yang dapat memberikan kesempatan sebesar-besarnya bagi orang-orang untuk menggunakan kebebasan menentukan nasibnya sendiri, yaitu untuk hidup di bawah hukum yang mereka pilih sendiri. Keenam, hanya pemerintahan yang demokratis yang dapat memberikan kesempatan sebesar-besarnya untuk menjalankan tanggung jawab moral.

Ketujuh, demokrasi membantu perkembangan manusia lebih total daripada alternatif lain yang memungkinkan. Kedelapan, hanya pemerintah yang demokratis yang dapat membantu perkembangan kadar persamaan politik yang relatif tinggi.

Kesembilan, negara-negara demokrasi perwakilan moderen tidak pernah berperang satu sama lain. Kesepuluh, negara-negara dengan pemerintahan yang demokratis cenderung lebih makmur daripada negara-negara dengan pemerintahan yang tidak demokratis.

Tantangannya adalah bagaimana mempraktekkan demokrasi, sehingga kelebihan-kelebihan itu bisa terwujud di negeri ini? Nah, pada wilayah ini setiap warga negara dituntut tanggung jawab untuk berdemokrasi dengan benar. Pemilu adalah salah satu sarana untuk itu.

* Penulis adalah wartawan detikcom. Tulisan ini merupakan pendapat pribadi dan tidak menggambarkan sikap/pendapat tempat institusi penulis bekerja

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