Thursday, December 27, 2007

We need a change!

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated today for being a voice of opposition to an increasingly undemocratic government. On days like this (which are becoming all too frequent), I can not help but be thankful that I live in America where (generally speaking) all voices can be heard without the constant threat of violence. This brave woman came back to her country, despite the threat to her own physical safety, in order to be an agent for change in her increasingly silenced nation and so her countrymen would have an opportunity to elect someone who would speak for them and not the status quo. Bhutto's violent death further illustrates that we are living in times that are increasingly dangerous and hostile. Our political situation abroad has not gotten better over the last 7 years, but instead has gotten so much worse due to the failed policies of this administration. We need something new. Here in the US, we have an opportunity to vote for a man who is seeking to be an agent of change. It is time to elect someone who will approach the world and its problems in a different way. The presidential field is cluttered with a bunch of individuals steeped in Washington tradition and the established ways of doing things. We need someone who is willing, able, strong and smart enough to see that those old strategies and tactics for dealing with these crucial international problems may not work any more. As far as I can tell, there is only one person who fits this description. Barack Obama!!! Let's stop being so concerned about "electibility" and focus on what is important—who among the group of potential candidates has the fortitude, ability and chutzpah to intelligently lead us out of this mess. Barack Obama!!!

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