Ben Buchwalter


A Vote for Barack
October 24, 2008, 4:36 pm
Filed under: 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Media | Tags: ,

It’s true, the New York Times’ endorsement of Barack Obama for President was unsurprising. It is clearly a left-leaning newspaper and has not endorsed a Republican since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. But The Times article is well done and it remind me of the reasons that I am proud to vote for Barack Obama.

In the past few months, it is clear that Obama has been running a bit to the center in order to sway the undecided voters in the middle of the country. In that vein, he has also toned down his message of hope in favor of a more grounded message of necessity. That was smart and is probably the reason for his recent surge in the polls. But it is nice to step back once in a while and let yourself be idealistic and remember why Obama is so inspiring.

The NYT endorsement reminds us of Obama’s 2004 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. Below is an exerpt:

 

“Government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves: protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology.”

 

“There is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America – there’s the United States of America.”

Barack Obama is not John Kerry; he is not afraid to be a Democrat. In most cases throughout this campaign, he has explained to the voters why, exactly, he feels that government programs and taxes are not always bad. Also, whenever his campaign is faced with a crisis, like Reverand Wright’s inflamatory remarks that surfaced this spring, Obama has treated the American people like adults. In that case, he gave a comprehensive speech on race in America. More of a political cynic, I can’t help but believe that John McCain would have panicked in the face of something like that.

So even if Obama leads as a centrist President, let’s remember that he is an incredibly inspiring figure and that his ascendence to the most powerful position in the world says a lot about the world we live in. And for once, the world is looking pretty good.

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