Barack Obama waxes eloquent over at the Daily Kos.

The bottom line is that our job is harder than the conservatives’ job. After all, it’s easy to articulate a belligerent foreign policy based solely on unilateral military action, a policy that sounds tough and acts dumb; it’s harder to craft a foreign policy that’s tough and smart. It’s easy to dismantle government safety nets; it’s harder to transform those safety nets so that they work for people and can be paid for. It’s easy to embrace a theological absolutism; it’s harder to find the right balance between the legitimate role of faith in our lives and the demands of our civic religion. But that’s our job. And I firmly believe that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, or oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose. Whenever we dumb down the political debate, we lose. A polarized electorate that is turned off of politics, and easily dismisses both parties because of the nasty, dishonest tone of the debate, works perfectly well for those who seek to chip away at the very idea of government because, in the end, a cynical electorate is a selfish electorate.

I think Obama has what it takes to be our first black president, years down the road. It’s refreshing to have a young, honest, well-spoken senator. Let’s face it: he’s got a John F. Kennedy thing going on, but without the womanizing. Who knows? 2012?

Hat tip: Speedkill.

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4 Comments to “Deep thoughts with Barack Obama”

  1. JRH says:

    “‘He speaks so well! He’s so well spoken. I mean he really speaks so well!’ Like that’s a compliment, shiat. ‘He speaks so well’ is not a compliment, okay? ‘He speaks so well’ is some shiat you say about retarded people that can talk.”

  2. Ben says:

    When the president has to struggle to string a coherent sentence together, “he speaks so well” is most certainly a compliment.

  3. Andy says:

    You realize, of course, that almost every word of that could have been spoken by someone on the “other aisle” as well. We too believe, for example, that the debate is being dumbed down. And schools are being dumbed down. And on, and on…

  4. Ben says:

    Sure, but I think it’s a bit more applicable to the Left because the Dems are getting their asses handed to them on the issues. Part of the entry is a general lament for civility in politics, but part of it is a “This is why we’re losing” sort of thing.

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