Fri Sep 30th, 2005 at 01:04:52 PM EST
Here is an extremely succinct and well-written article by one of the rising stars of the Democratic party in the United States, Barack Obama. I think that this article captures correctly the way our governmental leaders think, and reflects an accurate reading of the American electorate. It's worth a read, and I will only quote very briefly:
"From traveling throughout Illinois and more recently around the country, I can tell you that Americans are suspicious of labels and suspicious of jargon. They don't think George Bush is mean-spirited or prejudiced, but have become aware that his administration is irresponsible and often incompetent. They don't think that corporations are inherently evil (a lot of them work in corporations), but they recognize that big business, unchecked, can fix the game to the detriment of working people and small entrepreneurs. They don't think America is an imperialist brute, but are angry that the case to invade Iraq was exaggerated, are worried that we have unnecessarily alienated existing and potential allies around the world, and are ashamed by events like those at Abu Ghraib which violate our ideals as a country."