my friends (heh-heh-heh):
the democratic debate the other night was civil and informative. will wonders ever cease? the differences between the 2 candidates are more of style and generational clashes rather than substance.
hillary was wonderful. first off, i want to say that if i or my country were in deep trouble, i’d want her fighting for us. she’s as smart as a whip, demonstrating a broad understanding of policy with specific solutions. her healthcare mandate is exactly what is required: everyone must participate or else the system would unravel. i think obama’s plan is really along the same lines, just a different way of getting there.
her problems are simply this: if she declares her 35 years of public service as her foundation, she cannot have it both ways. part of those 35 years included being the wife of a governor and president. besides many good things that came out of those tenures, there were also negative things. and she cannot ask the public to just remenber the good while excluding the bad. its all part and parcel of her history. some people call it baggage. its not that she should be punished for it, but certainly if she wants us to vote for her based on that history, she must face up to it ALL.
secondly, part of her history is the generation she came up in. in politics, especially in our congress over the last decade, there has been total inertia. the partisanship has been overwhelming (re: immigration, health care, katrina, environmental issues, etc.) to the detriment of the american people. hillary has definitely been a part of this gridlock, and sometimes compromised her way out of any solutions and her beliefs. mccain is also part of this gridlock. this is the message that the american people are trying to deliver in the democratic race for the nomination. we’re sick and tired of this lack of inertia and we’re not going to take it anymore.
this is where 0bama comes in. his political solutions are not that different from hillary’s. however, his message definitely is. we need to reconcile our divisive party beliefs into policies and solutions that will benefit our citizens. enough games.
obama is a gentleman and a scholar. do not doubt for a minute that he lacks the brain power, creativity and backbone to design and deal with the nitty gritty aspects of policy. its just that he is stressing, at this point, his emphasis on reconciliation. and he is correct: without some sort of reconciliation between the parties, there will be no policy changes. that’s what has happened over the last decade. to those of you who say he hasn’t enough experience, you are right. he’s had 15 fewer years than hillary of fighting for the party rather than for the people. i think that is a big plus. nothing will get done if we do not overcome this personal and political ambition that exists in out government today. so i say, good for obama. let’s have a different generational outlook. god knows the old one didn’t work.
finally, obama never ceases to amaze me every time he ignores the negative and pushes then positive. at the debate, when one of the questioners asked about a possible looming battle over superdelegates, he said that he really wasn’t concerned about that and has faith in the american people to do the fair thing. similarly, 3 weeks ago when he was interviewd on 60 minutes, his answer to the question, would you sling mud in the campaign with hillary, his answer was that its just not in him to act like that. both his superdelegate and mud responses were then followed by his turning the message to bring POSITIVE results. this is the only way we can possibly accomplish any significant change in this country. civility first, policy second. partisanship is akin to paralysis.
at last, kudos to mrs. obama, barack’s mama. she raised him (with his grandparents) alone since he was 2 years old. now granted, she was given great material to work with, but she did a fantastic job. this is the message: lets have effective, put-our-heads-and-hands-together government that will benefit all americans. set an example so that we americans can take responsibility for our lives.