We must raise the level of debate in this country. This democracy cannot move forward, it cannot progress without a seismic change in our course of dialogue. We must raise the level of relevance and accuracy of our facts, and we must simplify such facts to welcome all people to the conversation,…
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I wanted to say hello and thank you to all our new followers. I began this blog as a way to put a human perspective in American politics and current events. Most Americans only interact with politics through the news media or politicians, and both groups often times miss the point entirely….
Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States of America proclaims, “He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient;”
Since the beginning of the…
Who will fill the political power gap in Egypt?
The plot in Egypt continues to thicken as President Mubarak announced today that he would be delegating tasks to his recently appointed Vice President. This announcement did nothing to meet the demands of the Egyptian people, who are now asking the military to forcibly oust Mubarak. The political…
In order to fully understand the impact of our decisions today, we have to wait for them to be interpreted by the history books of tomorrow. We’re all still struggling to fully understand the legacy President George W. Bush’s administration left behind. And while President Obama’s win in 2008 will inevitably go down in the books as a significant political victory, his presidency and the entire public perspective of American politics hinges on his reelection.
On November 4, 2008, 69 and a half million Americans sent a message to the rest of the nation and the world. By sending a presidential candidate who ran entirely on a message of change and hope to the White House, America bought into the dream that politics could be different, that change was possible.
By not reelecting him, history books will recall his election in 2008 as a fluke. An experiment in a new kind of politics, a politics of hope, that failed.
If Obama fails to get reelected, “He meant to show the unity of America but only underscored its division,” says The Atlantic’s James Fallows.
Historical perspective matters, and one-term Presidents largely look like failures in the eyes of the present looking back. In a country that desperately needs to unite rather than split further apart, President Obama’s reelection holds much more meaning than just the next 4 years.
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