In case you haven’t heard, Barack Obama and John McCain are running for President. Both candidates are good, decent, honest Americans. It’s anyone’s guess who will become the next President of the United States of America, but as of this writing Obama has a lead in most polls and match-ups.
I try to take a moderate approach to most things political, but I’m only human, and have personal political views that sometimes become a factor in decision making. That being said, I’d like to appreciate the moment, and crack a smile for where we find ourselves. Very few commentators have done so, and we seem to forget the facts that make this a unique and historic election.
To begin with the obvious, we now have a leading presidential candidate for the first time in history who is an African American. This is a great thing. And to make it better, let us move past it and treat Barack Obama as any other candidate. He deserves it, and the American Presidency demands that we view any candidate as a full human being, not as just a character in the story of our lives. No less of an interesting story and a great man is John McCain (although perhaps lacking a certain sex appeal, according to some) McCain is a great patriot who has sacrificed pain and great effort in service to this country. Beyond that, he has a fierce independent streak, and is willing to make party enemies if only to stay true to his beliefs. Both candidates have their own type of charisma, and both love this country dearly.
To top all this off, both men are United States Senators. Yes, for the first time since JFK in 1960 we will have a president who came from the federal legislature. For their personal and political reasons, both these men represent fundamental change to the executive branch. Obama exudes change, McCain practices reform. The voters will decide which is more appealing, and history will decide who was right.
I’m full of admiration for both candidates, and for the country itself. My only hope is that both men live up to their ideals, and practice what they preach. And I’m also crossing my fingers that whoever wins in November, the American people will respect the decision, and get behind our new President 100%. For whatever the outcome, we could all do with a little unity. And with these two great candidates, there’s never been a better time to welcome an end to partisanship.