Friday, June 27, 2008

Obama Stays in Safety Town

No, not the traffic safety school you may have attended as a child but the realm of political rhetoric that refuses to depart from the tried and true in Democratic politics. But wait. What is this advocate for change doing, sticking to the status quo of political opinion?

The answer: He's trying to win.

Among other things, his now ambiguous stance on the Second Amendment after Thursday's Supreme Court ruling in D.C. v. Heller, on the surface, suggests that Obama does not back the change he is constantly advocating. However, taking into account the strategic nature of the American political landscape, one sees that strategy, action and belief are seldom in alignment. Furthermore, with attacks on his religious affiliations, his contributors and his race, Obama's attention has been diverted throughout his campaign away from the issues he wants to reform, arguably more than his rival, John McCain.

Excuses aside, however, if Obama is to be the leader of this nation, he needs to do more than look and speak the part. Essentially he cannot continue to play it safe. He is going to have to try a little harder to demonstrate that he can bring about the "change we can believe in" that graces countless Obama t-shirts and bumper stickers.

Discussion from Politico.


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