I don't write about politics on this blog because so many other people do it so much better and also because I don't want to be defined by politics or my political beliefs. It's a sad fact that too many demonize the other side and make instant decisions on a person based on their political beliefs. Neither party has an exclusive option on truth, goodness or patriotism. Both parties have their loons, radicals and all out crazy nuts.
Politics is important but it's a small part of life.
I used to think it was almost everything. So when I graduated from college, I worked at one of the first campaign consulting firms in the country and worked on several senatorial, a gubernatorial campaign and two presidential campaigns before I went to law school. It was fast-paced, exciting and hard work that can burn you out.
Still, I'm a secret political junkie and when conventions roll around, I fall off the wagon. I inhale political coverage, all the strategy and tactics, the subplots, the speeches, the commentary and the analysts.
Beyond all the appeal to a political junkie, this is truly an historic election. Come November 4th, we'll either have the first African-American president or the first woman vice-president.
The nomination of Barack Obama demonstrates just how far we have come as a nation in putting race behind us. A great part of his appeal is his transcending the old racial divisions that beset us. Some will still say we are an irremediably racist nation but they choose to forget a bloody civil war fought to end slavery, the Civil Rights Act enactedin 1964 outlawing racial segregation in schools, public places and employment and two generations later the nomination the son of a black Kenyan and a white woman from Kansas to be president of the United States. Speaking as one who appreciates political strategy and tactics, Obama has run a brilliant well-organized campaign and inspired countless millions with his rhetoric.
McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate is a WOW. A beautiful mother of five, with one child headed off to Iraq and a new born baby, married to her high-school sweetheart, part-time commercial fisherman, part-time oil worker and world champion snowmobiler, Palin entered politics by way of the PTA, then was elected mayor of her home town, who fought the corruption of the Republican political establishment and won to become governor of the largest state in the union. A self-made woman, she is the mirror image of what we have been led to believe is a feminist. How could she be pro-life, pro-NRA, pro hunting and fishing, for drilling in ANWR, anti-Big-Oil and pro-environment, a tax-cutter and a corruption buster?
She's fresh, real and authentic. As spectacular as her political ascent is, she lives an ordinary Alaskan outdoor life which seems extraordinary to most in the lower 48. She's an ordinary citizen and just as capable to run the government as any ivy-league lawyer from the political class.
I'm become weary of the political class and the professional politicians who have little life experience outside the halls of Congress or a law firm. I like what the Anchoress wrote
I am more and more pleased that she is not another Ivy League lawyer who planned and plotted a political career, but rather a concerned and active, intelligent woman who simply followed her own interests and concerns, and walked through the doors and opportunities as they were placed before her. That’s refreshing - it is also so very “can-do American.”
We forget, sometimes, that Harry Truman was just a haberdasher,
If you're smart, willing to study and have good instincts, you can learn fast what you need to know. Life experience is harder to come by.
Change is already happening.Posted by Jill Fallon at August 31, 2008 10:17 AM | Permalink