Good article on Obama

My friend Shellie forwarded me a fantastic* piece, written 9 Feb in The Australian, that perfectly articulated my concerns about Barack Obama.  Many people are very inspired by him and hope he becomes the next President.  On the other end of the spectrum, some think he is — literally — the antichrist (as illustrated by the responses to my friend Iain’s tongue-in-cheek post from just shy of a year ago).  I haven’t read Barack’s book, and pretty much all of my opinions about him are more like impressions than footnoted, well-documented, researched thoughts.  However, the above article’s author, who is much more familiar with Obama specifics, has come to much the same conclusions I have, for many of the same reasons.

He begins the story relating the story of what happened to the folks who completely bought into Mandela’s (possibly unintended) campaign promises, and likening that event to what may happen if Obama actually takes the Oval Office.

 It was early 1994 when Nelson Mandela gave a speech in a slum outside Cape Town and spoke in grand terms of a new beginning and how when he was elected president every household would have a washing machine.

People took him literally. A few months later he became South Africa’s first black president. That’s when clerks in department stores in Cape Town had to turn people away demanding their free washer and dryer.

The story only improves from there.  It’s well-worth a read, whether you support Obama or not.


*If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know that’s my favorite superlative.  Sorry for its overuse.  Any suggestions for alternate exclamations??


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on February 11, 2008, in Political Thought and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Funnily enough, I was going to use the word “fantastic” today in a post but decided against it for no good reason.

    I find that the thesaurus attached to is good for minutes and minutes of word fun.

  2. Thanks for the link! I too, sometimes wonder if Obama could really pull it off if elected. Sometimes people of “nuance” who see many possibilities and sides to an issue have trouble moving to action. But I think his successes at many different levels (from grass-roots activism up through senator) and his ability to work well with all different kinds of people bodes pretty well. I still want him to give it a shot.

  3. Good article Karen! Until recently I have stayed away from politics on my blog. But Obama brings out my political firey side.

    I feel like so many people are blinded from his actual views and positions by his charisma. He’s so “nice” and “kind.” Unfortunately, nice and kind only goes so far.

    “Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.” CS Lewis

  4. I’m an issues voter, and a conservative. I’m getting used to disappointment. Thankfully, my Hope doesn’t depend on who’s currently sleeping at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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