I believe in my heart that it is a bad idea for business bloggers to stray over the line and talk about politics. Sure, you can post cute pics of your kids and puppies, but if you blog about John McCain, Hillary Rodham Clinton (wait, does she use "Rodham" as part of her name now? What do the polls say she should do?), or Barrak Obama on your business blog you are going to be in trouble.
I am in trouble.
I am crossing the line on this post and cannot promise I will not do it again between now and the November election.
The truth is that I used to LOVE politics. Excitement always filled the wind throughout a presidential election year, as I love to study the way these people speak, position and pontificate. Yet this year it just came up flat (like the Academy Awards show last Sunday. Boring!). There were nearly 20 people running for president at one point last year and none of them inspired me to care.
I would classify myself as a middle of the road on many issues, but right of the center line. That being said, I believe we need more than policy in our leaders and have always longed to vote for someone who had that charisma that people credit to John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
I was not born yet when Kennedy was president, and I was too young to understand the process when Reagan ran the first time. Alas, I just never understood the appeal of Bill Clinton (but I never "HATED" him. I never "HATE" someone who is an elected official regardless of if I supported them or not. I believe they all get involved for the greater good, and I am old school on this issue and feel that we must have some degree of respect for the office even when we disagree with the person).
So here is my dilemma. I find myself more and more interested in supporting Barak Obama. While I do not know enough about him, he is a far more liberal candidate than I would normally support, and is still very young (and thus unproven). Yet there is something there. I can't put my finger on it, but it is there. Some call it "Change", others call it "Hope". What ever it is, I want it.
So why a dilemma? Well the primary in Texas is next week, and I have traditionally voted in the Republican primary (although I never vote strait ticket in the general election). I am not sure it is right for me, traditionally a Republican, to cross over and vote in the Democrat primary, even though by Texas State rules I can show up and vote in either primary. Plus, I cannot be 100% sure of what I would do if given the choice between Obama and McCain come November.
That being said, I would not vote in the Democratic Primary "against" Mrs. Clinton.... I would do it to vote "for" Mr. Obama. (I hate the idea of voting against someone, I think you should vote for the better candidate).
I think that Obama as the Democratic nominee would give our country an amazing election season. The debate on the issues and the direction of our nation would be historic, moving and important. The philosophies of the two candidates would be at the forefront, and they both seem to want to be civil.
McCain vs. Hillary would be more of the same bitter and divisive partisan politics that we have experienced for the last few decades. It would continue the "us vs. them", "Red State / Blue State" mentality that divides America. I have fatigue with the Bush / Clinton / Bush years and I want a fresh start. I do not want an "heir apparent" focused race trying to go backwards. I want two candidates who lead us toward the future.
Additionally, I want some of that "Camelot" magic that those who lived in the Kennedy era talk about. This can only come from the Obamas. No guarantees, but neither the McCain's nor the Clinton's will carry that feeling of awe to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
I don't know what I will do, but I am starting to care about this election and that feels good. We need the people of our country to be engaged in the process.
Hey, Barak....select Mark Warner (former Virginia Governor) as your VP and you have my vote, as he was the guy I wanted to run for president to begin with!!
Have A Great Day.