Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Presidential Dreaming

Obama and Clinton's success in the democratic primaries has energized lots of people. One woman actually said to me that their success makes her "proud to be a democrat." The republicans are putting up the same old white men while the dems are putting up a face of diversity.

This sort of thing makes me think back to a famous quote:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I am happy for Hillary and Barack, but I can't wait for us to move past the novelty stage and on to the time when we really are energized by the quality of the candidates' ideas and plans. It seems like many people are excited about the idea of Hillary or Barack. Breaking down barriers is important, but so is having a really good president who has the ability to make and implement great plans.

I'm not saying that Hillary or Barack are not good candidates, but I hope that we can move on to really address their ideas, plans, and ability to lead instead of being infatuated by what they stand for. I have opinions about their abilities in these areas, but am not going to turn this into a political forum (at least not yet.) Rather, I just want to encourage people to think of the candidates as more than symbols.

The Day
  • Workout: crunches and push-ups
  • Music: Cake, Miles Davis


jblocksom said...

Some people can get past it, some people can't. And then there's the media.

reston kid said...

Wow. All excellent links.

I think it's interesting that the Republicans seem to be holding their noses at the quality of their candidates while many Democrats feel like they have an embarrassment of riches. Interesting election year we have....