This really is an historic moment for the US. I’ve been pushing for Obama to run for president for a while (although I didn’t blog about it, I realize. Don’t know why I never did), but I initially was hoping he would not run this year, because I was afraid that he would get swallowed by the Hillary Circus. Well he did get caught up in the Hillary Circus, and he came through. I’m not only proud of him for not going apeshit and shooting everyone in the Clinton campaign, as many of us probably would have done, but I’m proud of this country. So often the arrogance, ignorance, bigotry, and mis-guided passion of this country can drive me nuts, but at least at this moment I’m very proud.
I’ve also been saying recently that I feel like at this moment in our history, we HAVE to elect Barack Obama. We just have to. He’s passionate, he’s open minded, he’s intelligent, and he’s (relatively) a Washington outsider. With the last eight years (and especially the last four), the American people have become more and more disillusioned with their government (for good reasons), and it’s time to get someone completely new in there. It’s time, and Obama fits the bill perfectly.
That’s the primary reason I was initially not for Hillary. At first I had no issues with Hillary, and in fact liked her, but she’s still a politician through and through. And though Obama is as well, and has had to become even more of one to really be a presidential candidate, the thing that has floored me since I first started subscribing to his podcast and following him on his run to becoming a senator was his refreshing honesty, even when what he was saying may not be popular (such as saying “we can’t just pull out of Iraq” when the Dems first really started pushing for that a couple years ago). Hillary will say what needs to be said, and that’s just the result of being in Washington most of her adult life. Nothing against her character, but I wanted someone new.
Now that was at the start of Hillary’s campaign. Now I can’t freaking stand her. Her campaign stopped being about what’s best for the United States and more about her ego for the last 3 months, maybe even longer. She was under the assumption that she was going to be president this year, and that’s what has been planned ever since Bill was in office, and now suddenly this other guy who was a total underdog shows up out of nowhere, inspires the nation and takes away what was hers. The last few months have been the political version of saying “Fine, I don’t even want to play with guys anymore, because you’re stupid and you have ugly faces!” And now when Barack doesn’t pick her as a running mate, she’s going to have even more fuel to gripe.
Regardless, she’s out now, and we can finally embrace Obama as the Democratic nominee. It actually makes me feel very giddy, like when a sports team you root for wins a big playoff game to advance to the next round. I know it’s a trendy thing to say “I’ll move to Canada,” but if we elect McCain….. I don’t know.
Sheesh, that was a long first thought. I’ll keep this one shorter. Did anyone see Terry McAuliffe on any of the thousand shows he was on this past week? The man has lost his mind.
Opposites in Cabinet
Whatever happened to the idea of surrounding yourself with people who disagree with you? You know, the idea that we always look back on with Lincoln and think “ah, that’s what made him a wonderful president” but then completely avoid in present day politics? I feel like Obama might be the first modern day president to really do that. Would it be crazy for him to have McCain and even Clinton in his cabinet? Neither as VP, but I wouldn’t be opposed to either or both of them being in his cabinet. Another thing I’m tired of in Washington is all the cronies. I’m not necessarily expecting Obama to do that, but why would that be such a crazy idea? One of our most idolized presidents did it, and was even more extreme.
It’s mindblowing how cable news networks blow things out of proportion. You’ve all seen the stories, you’ve all seen the same stuff, so I’m not going to go into detail. Just echoing the sentiment that it just blows my mind. Imagine if something you said one day was repeated by hundreds of people on television for the next two weeks, speculating from 15 to 20 words your entire character. But there’s air time to be filled, and easily manipulated minds to be molded.
I’ve tended to shy away from posting political thoughts in the last couple years, and I’m not really sure why, but I’ll try to be a little more open in the next several months. I may as well do like the rest of the country and take an interest in politics every fourth year. 🙂
And as always, feel free to completely disagree with me. I will always listen, and unless you’re really a nutcase, I will not dismiss or ignore your opinions. Politics already has enough arrogance and closed-mindedness for me to pretend like I’m always right.