This past weekend, while Shannon and I visited friends in Boston, I made a promise to not talk about politics. I wasn’t asked to keep my yap shut. I volunteered this action because I did not want to ruin anyone’s birthday or make an ass out of myself (more importantly, out of Shannon). I have lost my temper (while stone cold sober) while talking politics one too many times recently–and If I can’t keep a civil tongue when I am talking to my godmother, I truly fear what will tumble out of my mouth when I am in another city in another person’s house.
This weekend, I didn’t really talk about politics. I resisted as best I could when I was baited–by lots of people, all in good fun of course–and I only clarified a few things when I knew I wouldn’t lose my temper. Now that I am home, writing on my blog, I can be more expressive. I can be blunt.
If you want Change, Vote Obama.
There is no other viable candidate on the field who can inspire more change than Obama.
To quote Will, “Working for change for 35 years is supporting the status quo.” We need a different tactic, a different way of looking at the nation’s problems. We also need a different style of addressing these problems. Barack can do this–I’m not sure Hillary can.
If you hope, Vote Obama.
“Politics is what we create by what we do, what we hope for, and what we dare to imagine.” Paul Wellstone wrote that in his book “The Conscience of a Liberal.” It was the first book with this title–when I read Paul Krugman’s I’ll tell you which is better–and it is a field manual on grass roots organizing. Obama has been addressing hope and change since before the campaign started. Obama, in my opinion, can do more for the Wellstone Legacy than Hilary can. Obama inspires people. Given how jaded and cynical the average person appears to be, the ability to inspire action in others cannot be overrated. We need inspiration.
Obama has proved his viability, electability and vitality in regards to the campaign. He represents change at a pace that, I believe, most American’s can accept. I believe Obama can take us into a direction that we, as a nation, so desperately need.