In a way I feel like I should apologize for running a blog about creativity and culture, then speaking so much about politics. I can’t apologize though because the entire world is watching what is happening in the U.S. right now and I think it is one of the most important political moments in American history. The obvious reason is because for the first time ever we have a woman and a racially mixed candidate running for the most important office in the country. The second reason is because if they win the nomination they are strongly viable for taking office. The third and more ethereal reason is because America has faultered on the global stage. We have made horrible decisions in the past 8 years that have cost both ourselves and the rest of the world dearly. We have to change course dramatically and pick up the pieces. The whole world is hoping we do so.
Right now tonight as I type, Obama has decisively won the nomination in North Carolina and the final results in Indiana are too close to call. You can listen to his speech in North Carolina where he refuses to compromise his integrity and pander. He had done this all along and his speech tonight was again truly inspiring.
Indiana has historically been a racially charged state and despite this marred history numbers are rolling in that could potentially determine where this election will go. I personally feel this is very symbolic and it says a lot about where the American mindset is and our determination to turn things around and change course. The best I have hoped could come out of the dark days of the last 8 years is a renewed unification in this country to join together as a nation and turn things around.
Obama has maintained his integrity throughout this grueling campaign and if he does win this nomination I can guarantee you it will get much worse when (and if) he starts campaigning against McCain. I hope for the benefit for the country this is all weighing heavily upon Clinton’s psyche. I feel the people are speaking here and there are lines being drawn between all the polarities in America, the young, the old, the rich, the poor, the urban, the rural, the working class and the elite.
Frankly, in my extremely humble, young and working class American opinion, it is time for something new. With that said, there is only one candidate left that to me still represents something new. By new, I do not mean just the physically obvious, I mean diplomatically, I mean philosophically and I mean politically.
The old Chinese proverb has come to fruition. ‘May you live in interesting times’ and here we are. Regardless of what happens, I believe in the American people and I will continue to hope for the best for all of us. These are important times we find ourselves in and I think we are beginning to realize that we are finding ourselves in these times together.
written by Christopher