Remember when this nation was thought of as the great melting pot? The place where people from all over the world could come and find the American dream? Where any kid could grow up and become President?
How we've strayed from that image. Yet. Maybe, just maybe there is hope. This election is not yet over but there is an inordinate amount of excitement being generated for the 2008 Presidential cycle. Excitement. Imagine that. All because a first term Senator from Illinois has stated he has thought about running for President.
Wow. He's bright. And refreshingly articulate. He has a degree in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations. The press who has been following him as he campaigns for others love him. They like his mind set - he listens and he processes information. That would be a change of pace.
Barak Obama. He is bi-racial. His mother was white, his father black. How's that for the melting pot?
Should he run or wait? Some say he lacks experience. Others say he's the fresh face with the fresh ideas we so sorely need. I've been thinking about that. He has the education. And not a gentleman's "C". More years in the Senate gain him nothing. Look who we have and their baggage. Hillary - Bill. Kerry - how bad he was as a candidate last go round. Geroge Allen - Macaca. McCain - lack of conviction and a tendency to do whatever is politically expedient for his ambitions. Gore - which one will he be this time? Edwards - Kerry's running mate. Gingrich - how many wives has he dumped? Ho-hum.
I'm not suggesting Obama is the end all but he is worth a close look. Ah, yes, the American Dream. That any kid could grow up and become President. And maybe a dream that has been lost to us for the past few years may recurr - that we may have an able leader who inspires us to return to what we once were - the greatest and most respected nation in the world.
More Obama - less Osama. Now thats a dream worth having.