In an interesting turn of events, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee plowed their way to victory in the Iowa caucus on January 3rd.
This means that, finally, the press has something to actually report on in a presidential candidate so long, the newspaper coverage of it could be used to blot up the Atlantic Ocean.
I’m surprised to find myself rather happy about Obama’s victory. Unlike many of my peers, I wasn’t particularly gung-ho about Mr. Obama – my biggest complaint is his lack of experience – but from what I’ve heard in the few days, he sounds like he just might be the candidate for me. I don’t know too much about what his official policies on the issues are, but at this point, he seems like he’s offering the one thing I believe America needs more than anything at this point:
This country needs hope. Eight years of a fraudulently elected president. Seven years of terrorism hanging over our heads like the sword of Damocles. Seven years of civil liberties being torn away from us. Years of watching so many things we hold dear as a nation being tossed aside while being offered the barest excuse. Once upon a time, not too long ago, Americans could always take heart in the fact that we usually held the moral high ground: while we certainly made mistakes, we always acted with the best intentions for everyone. We lived in hope, not fear.
Tapping people’s phones without a reason or warrant is not living in hope.
Imprisoning people indefinitely without trial is not living in hope.
Lying to the populace about the reason for war is not living in hope.
Letting thousands of people drown in their homes while the government sits on its hands is not living in hope.
In fact, there is effectively nothing this administration has done in the last eight years that deals in hope. George W. Bush, the Republicans, hell, just the government in general has made a policy of dealing in fear.
And I think we may just be sick of it.
No one wants to live in fear. People want to believe their government is watching out for them, not stalking them. People want hope.
And I think that may be just what Barack Obama has on tap. And that’s why I think a two-year veteran of the U.S. Senate has a solid shot at becoming the first black President of the United States.
I may well be proven wrong. After all, Iowa is only one state out of 50. The next few months may find people swinging back towards the old way of politics. We may well end up with Hillary Clinton facing off against Mitt Romney on the first Tuesday of November this year. After all, we all know politics often tears the optimistic apart and forces the voters to choose between a giant douche and a turd sandwich.
But for now, in this moment, we have hope.
Here’s to hope.