Thursday, October 30, 2008

I watched last night's infomercial for socialism live, while the Tivo recorded Next Top Model. Gotta have priorities. If you missed it and wish you hadn't, there's video here.

Basically, I think he nailed it. Watching it, I realized that I couldn't remember the last time I felt like there was someone in office who actually cared what was happening with people like me (actually, I can, it was pre-Lewinsky Clinton) and who had the brains and character to fix the economy and handle our foreign policy well.

I could particularly identify with the North Kansas City woman at the very beginning of the program. There was a time when every year was a little bit easier than the year before, as my savings grew and my debt shrank. Things were tight from time to time, but the overall trend was that things were getting easier. Not for the past several years. And that's just on a personal level. I read enough to know that our infrastructure is crumbling, schools are going downhill, fewer people are starting new businesses, and fewer immigrants are coming to this country to make their dreams come true, which is something that's always been a new gain for our economy and our culture.

The country's been going downhill for years now, and the response from the Republican Party has been to treat it like a marketing problem.

I don't know if you've seen it in your part of the world, but the Republicans have been running an ad here locally with a striking visual: an empty chair in the Oval Office. I know it's supposed to be an attack on Barack Obama, telling me that he's not ready, but that's not what I think of when I see that empty chair. I think of the last 8 years.

We need leadership in Washington. Real leadership. McCain loves to pretend that he's the real leader, but just look at the campaign he's running. If running almost entirely negative ads and picking Palin were his ideas, then he doesn't have the character to lead this country. And if they weren't, if the party apparatchiks and campaign consultants railroaded them through, then he's not a leader, he's a figurehead. And we don't need another empty chair in the Oval Office.

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