Sunday, October 12, 2008

I Could...But I Won't

That is, I could start whistling that heinous intro to "Winds of Change" so that you get an appropriate sense of how momentous this is -- the tide turning, and all that. Found this over at Jack and Jill, who've been doing an excellent job keeping up with who is endorsing whom:

Conservative paper endorses Democrat for the first time in 72 years.

"For eight years, American politics has been marked by smears, fears and greed. For too long, we've practiced partisanship in Washington, not politics. The result is a cynicism every bit as deep as that which infected the nation when Richard Nixon was shamed from office and when Bill Clinton brought shame to the office.

This must end, but John McCain can't do it. He can't inspire, nor can he really break from a past that is breaking this nation.

McCain is an American hero, and he has served this country in the Senate with determination. He has gone against his party, but the fact is his ties to the Bush administration and its policies are deep. Americans know we cannot keep going down this path.

McCain, who has voted consistently for deregulation, started off two weeks ago declaring the U.S. economy fundamentally sound but ended the week sounding like a populist. Who is he really?

He tends to shoot from the hip and go on gut instinct. The nation cannot go through four more years of literally and figuratively shooting now and asking questions later."

I found this endorsement, from Esquire, to be a much more provocative read, however. Check it out.

"In truth, though, Senator Obama is the only one of the two candidates who seems to believe in the idea of a political commonwealth, that there are those things — be they the guarantees in the Bill of Rights or mountains in Alaska — that we own together. Barack Obama stands, however inchoately and however diffidently, for the notion that a common purpose is necessary for common problems, that “government,” as it is designed in our founding documents, is our collective responsibility. It is this collective responsibility that built America into a great power without peer in the history of the world. And it is this collective responsibility that has succumbed to nearly thirty years of phony rightist populism, corporate brigandage, and the wildly cheered abandonment of a common American civic purpose. It is shocking that in America an argument for salvaging the common good is regarded as a radical notion by anyone, but that is where we are. And that is what Barack Obama seems to stand for. After all, as a young man with his potential, he could have headed straight to midtown Manhattan and made a fortune. Instead, he took a church job working for poor people in Chicago, and for his troubles, he and those poor people have been viciously jeered by the likes of Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin. Such is their regard for the common good. And such is Obama’s promise. And in that, however inchoately and however diffidently, Obama stands not only against Bushism, but against Reaganism, which gave it birth. And that is more than enough."

Lord knows, my own political dial has been yanked so far to the left, it's broken off. So while I support Barack Obama wholeheartedly, it is with the certain knowledge that some of the progressive ideals in which I believe strongly (prison reform, to take one instance mentioned by the writer of Esquire's endorsement) will likely not be addressed by an Obama administration as forcefully as I would like. But I also understand, like this writer, that there is absolutely no chance of them being addressed at all in a McCain administration.

We're fighting for the soul of our country here, people.

Fellow Californians, you have one week left to register to vote.

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