Ok so normally lay around in the mornings (I usually wake up anywhere from 30 mins to an hour before my alarm) day dreaming about whatever happens to cross my mind. A few days ago it was politics and how devisive politicians/politics are the norm, it distgusts me. I decided it would be best if the office of the president was made non-partisan.
I suppose it is an unthinkable idea, one that would never happen, but I’d like to see it. The local mayor’s race here is non-partisan. You sometimes hear canidates or their supporters proclaiming their leanings, but it doesn’t drive the elections. While it’s obvious that it wouldn’t really change much, but I think it would mainly send a message, one that myself and I think an increasing number of Americans are feeling, that neither major party represents them and there exist no viable alternatives.
I feel like both parties have deserted 90% of the America public and pander to the extremist, leaving us with a choice between the of lessor of two evils. While this may be exaggerating a bit, I feel it captures the gist of the situation. I thought about the politician I could get behind, one that would push aside these extremes, a centrist.
I hate the word centrist, but suppose it fits. Listening to NPR on the way to work this morning. (yeah, yeah, I’m really missing WRVG.) They were playing some excerpts from the key-note speech at the democratic convention last night. The speech was given by a man named Barack Obama. A couple of snippets quoted in this article on CNN:
“Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America.”
“There is not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America — there is the United States of America,” Obama said.
“the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. Hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty, the audacity of hope.”
That last line stuck with me all day, “The audacity of hope.” Now after hearing all of one speech and reading a few articles I don’t know enough about the guy to be hind him, but I do know after seeing and reading what I have I hope he’s what I’m looking for, what I think we need. Only time will tell.