State of the Union: Dr. Cornel West’s note to Obama (hope you’re listening Barack)

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

With great anticipation many of us await Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this evening. I mean who wouldn’t especially the way things have been playing itself out politically lately; that combined with the general sentiment of the general public at large should make it very interesting. From the looks of it, tonight’s speech should serve as the perfect opportunity for Obama to reshape and reconnect with the American public who may have fallen out of love with him.

Of course there have been a few leaks of the speech, and yes he’s going to try and sell the idea of a potential spending freeze to Congress and the public at large (I guess that’s why Robert Gibbs has been all over my TV this morning). But one has to wonder if this generations version of the Gettysburg Address would be enough for him to win favor with his progressive supporters such as myself.

In steps Dr. Cornel West; a man after my own heart, who I absolutely adore. Only the simple-minded among us would see what Dr. West says below as just the words expressed through the lenses of another hatin’ ass Negro. Oh how I long for the days when life was that simplistic for us all: