Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fear Not

I hear talk that there are some people who confess reluctance about voting for Barack Obama because he is not White. (Not White like them, anyway.)

I also hear talk that there are people vigilantly opposed to Barack because they fear creeping socialism. Or an outright move to the furthest, presumably most dangerous realms of liberalism.

And I see a fair amount of exhortations like this:

Obama '08 - Vote For Hope from MC Yogi on Vimeo.

Put it all together and a person can't help but ask, what, really, is the worst that can happen if Barack Obama is elected to serve as the 44th POTUS?

Seriously. What is the worst that can happen?

And, please, be rational. Keeping in mind that there is a system of hard checks and balances (as engineered by T. Jeff and company) and soft checks and balances (as evidenced by the unwavering influence of philosophical hardliners who remain entrenched in the process of governance) that work in tandem to keep the Grand Experiment chugging along.

Granted, we have arrived at a crucial moment in our nation's history where looming executive decisions could forever alter the course toward which we chug.

But, really, what's wrong with backing a smart guy who inspires people to engage in acts that positively impact the greater good(*)?

Why is that something to fear?

(*) "Good" here really does mean "good". Like, your rights to be better off are preserved. Mine are, too. So are all the rights of all our neighbors. And no one is forced to suffer injustice as we preserve those rights or as any of us try to make ourselves better off(**).

(**) "Better off"...well, I can't really say exactly what that means. Something about life, liberty and the pursuit of driving a Cadillac. Or maybe it has something to do with amber waves of grain and purple haze. It's probably not my place to even say. You figure it out for you. I'll figure it out for me. And if we figure differently from each other...well, I'm pretty sure we both retain the right to punch the other in the mouth. Hoo-rah.

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