by Marcus Sakey
I hesitated before making this post. What I'm doing here is not just political, not just partisan, but outright biased. But then, this isn't a newspaper. It's a forum for the seven of us to share our thoughts, and to discuss them with other people.
So here's my thought (and this one is mine alone, not an Outfit position): Tomorrow I'm going to vote for Barack Obama, and I think you should too.
There's been a lot of complaining lately about voters judging candidates not by their stance on the issues, but on their perceived character. The logic seems to go that character is something that can be manipulated, and therefore isn't as important as a stated position.
The problem with that argument is that everything can be manipulated. Not only that, but positions are by their very nature limited to a moment in time, to a particular set of facts. And as history has shown again and again, stated positions during an election don't necessarily correlate to how people will act once elected.
And I believe that Obama's character is exactly what we need right now. Now perhaps more than ever in our history. Our role in the world is changing. Our internal systems are breaking down. We are divided and distrustful.
We need a leader of unquestionable intelligence who refuses to dumb down a position to a soundbite. We need a leader who is more interested in fixing America's many problems than in sitting behind the big desk. We need a leader who dares tells us that we shouldn't be afraid to hope.
Many of you have already seen this video, I'm sure. If you haven't, I urge you to take a look. And look deeper than the celebrity appearances and the music and editing. Listen to the words the man is saying. Listen and ask yourself, when was the last time a politican spoke with that kind of honesty and hope? When was the last time one went into office completely unbeholden to special interests and backroom deals, unsmudged by negative press or shady ethics?
Ask, why wouldn't you vote for him?
Thanks for your patience with my blatant campaigning. And whether or not you vote for Obama, I hope you do vote tomorrow.