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The Politics of Change

Posted by republicrat on January 8, 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has been running his campaign promoting a message of change and hope. Many other candidates on both sides of the political spectrum are now echoing bits of Obama’s message that has helped give him such a large boost in the polls. However, I find his message of hope lacking. For one it lacks substance. I care more about policy. You can have good intentions, but good intentions only get one so far.  George W. Bush campaigned in 2000 stating that he was going to be a uniter, not a divider. He pledged to cross party aisles to reach goals. George W. Bush has turned out to be one of the most divisive presidents in U.S. history. I do find a certain appeal in Obama’s message of going beyond “horizontal” politics. For someone such as myself who is in their mid-20’s, ever since we have been old enough to know there was a person in the world called the president, there has either been a Bush or a Clinton occupying the White House. The partisan bickering is a turn-off to many. I am a moderate and do not neatly fall into the mold of a Republican or a Democrat (however I tend to lean right more often than left).Presently, Obama seems to be as unstoppable as Clinton appeared to be six months ago. Maybe Obama can do for the 2000s what Kennedy did for the 1960s. Will there be another Camelot?


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