Who would have thought, when Condi was growing up in Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s, that one day a little black girl would grow up to be presidential or vice presidential material? In 1776, it would have been almost unthinkable. But the principles of 1776 outlasted the prejudices of the day. The central idea of the Declaration of Independence is that all human beings are "created equal" and "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights" has survived, and thrived.
The success of Condi Rice is a testimony to the resilience of America's principles, principles that Condi believes are true for all people in the world. Condi also believes that America is not on a mission to remake the world in its image, but to advance the ideals common to all men and women. It just so happens that America was founded on these principles. At the end of the day, it is not because of one's racial group or socioeconomic class or creed that he or she is entitled to the rights that come from God. Condi told a group of black journalists in 2002: "Who you are is who you are as an individual".
Condi has demonstrated all her life that she could rise above the odds and achieve amazing feats. Few people better personify the American dream.
Rice says she has learned in life "not to look that far ahead; to do what you’re doing, do it well, and see what comes next." Not only that, she says, "If you constantly concentrate on a five-year plan, then you might miss an opportunity to do something far more interesting. Everything I’ve done that’s been exciting was never planed." Hopefully the most exciting job to date will be offered to Condoleezza Rice by a Republican nominee that needs to energize his campaign.
Condoleezza Rice’s life turns out to be like playing connect-the-dots. All the ingredients to be an excellent VP are there, they just need to be attached. When you connect all the dots in her life, they add up to becoming the Republican candidate for vice president.
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