Monday, June 02, 2008
Looking ForwardI have to say, that I'm happy to see the primaries coming to an end. It's not the ending I wanted, but it seldom is in real life, only in movies do you get that perfect ending, where we all live happily ever after. For the networks, it is almost like the end of some fabulous reality TV show, they are plugging the drama of Montana and South Dakota as some dramatic season finale, like anyone is going to be surprised at the outcome. Summer is here, and there will be re-runs, maybe some more severe weather to dramatize, the economy will most likely fall further into decline, and most of us will do what we do in summer, I usually go to sporting events, women's basketball has already begun, and soccer will take me into October. The big story of the election is over, we have chosen our candidates, and with a bit of luck, the ending in November will be one that will be better for our nation.
I'm pretty confident that Obama will prevail in November, it is unthinkable that the nation would chose to put McCain in office. I believe that the country has realized the mistakes of electing Bush in 2004, and hopefully learned from them. Obama has the advantage of not having served in a national capacity for a length of time, no real record in the Senate to criticize, and the soldier image of John McCain is so long forgotten, that Obama's lack of military service will not be an issue, in fact it will be another example of good judgement, one man's stand against the insanity of war. Obama has way more money than McCain, and that one fact will make more of a difference than any character issue.
So we should win in November. There was never a time when it could be easier for Democrats.
Looking forward, I hope to see our country get back to some of our traditional values as a nation. I hope to see a nation that disdains acts of aggression, a nation that takes care of it's most vulnerable citizens, a nation that cares about equality for women and minorities, about the future of our children, and provides a plan for dealing with the most serious issues of the degradation of the planet, and the national debt we are leaving to future generations. I hope to see education become a vehicle to move this nation forward, getting our young people on this vehicle, so that they will have the tools to deal with the uncertainty that will surely be our generation's bequest to them. Now is the time for America to work hard, and recover the things we have lost over the last few decades.
Looking forward, our future depends on hope, but also some hard work to get there.
I hope America makes the right decision.
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No subject for immortal verse
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
-- Cecil Day-Lewis from Where Are The War Poets?
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