This year’s state of the union was strange. Aside from the fact that there was no vice-president running after a two term president, but the primaries were clearly overshadowing Bush’s last year in office. It wasn’t just that the nomination process was getting more air time, it’s that every single one of the candidates were, at the time, distancing themselves as much as possible from the Bush administration. W was the past and everyone, regardless of party, was trying to look forward.
It less of a state of the union than a eulogy.
That’s how far we’ve fallen. That’s why this is the only window of opportunity we will ever get for Barrack Obama.
Our country is so dissatisfied with the state of our government that we are, more so than ever before, open to new ideas. The old ways have failed us. I realize that every election brings with it the mantra of change, but that word has never been thrown around like has been over the last few months. Negatively referring to Hillary Clinton as “ambitious” in any other year would clearly be sexist. But ambition is the worst thing anyone can have this year, because ambition translates to a desire to do anything to achieve power, and those are the kinds of people we’ve had for the last seven years.
In many ways, America wants a reluctant leader, or at least one who doesn’t enjoy rolling around in the political muck. We want someone different.
There are a number of arguments that can be made about whether or not Obama can actually bring about any real change to a system that has been so completely compromised. The general feeling, however, is that only someone who has lived outside that system for most of his life would be willing to flip it on its ear regardless of the outcome. Those who have been living off the company dime for years don’t seem capable of the slash and burn many would like to see happen in Washington; just burn it all down and start from scratch.
I have no doubts that the next president, whoever he or she is, will improve our current situation. There’s no way things can’t get better as we will no longer have the worst president in U.S. history in office (wrap your brains around that — we have lived through the worst president in United States history). I also have no doubts that if that new president runs our government the way it’s always been run and brings us back up from the depths, then this national desire to see the system change will slowly melt away. We will forget how upset we were, how ridiculous our government is. We will lose sight of our indignation.
Which is why now is the only time for a candidate like Obama. Because if he doesn’t win this year, we’ll go back to the way things have always been done, things will get better, and our outrage will subside. And ten, twenty, maybe thirty years from now this will come around again, and we can tell our children that we had the chance to really change things and we let it pass us by.