Of best chances redux

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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  1. Anonymous Anonymous says:

    I agree.

    G-Rob

  2. LOL @ your new header photo with nametag…

  3. Anonymous Anonymous says:

    Right on. I don’t understand all the carping about Obama not having “experience.” Maybe what we need is not someone with “experience” (and I agree with your comment about there not really being much of a training ground for the presidency anyway) but someone who is extremely smart and who can bring people together. We’ve had years of “experienced” Presidents. Maybe it’s time for some fresh perspective instead. Obama has my vote, too.

  4. The funny thing about American politics to an outsider is, the appearance that a lack of choices is by far better than an electoral procedure.

    We used to have that issue here provincially. Federally, it was always a no-brainer. Vote for who you hated the least. But provincially! Provincially we entered a new era with the introduction of new parties and new platforms.

    Why was this key? Because adding other thoughts to the mix, makes all parties consider the impact of their decisions. More thought = better decisions. Better decisions = better government. Better government = hopeful nation. Hopeful nation = happy nation.

    Now I’m far from suggesting 38 parties run a Presidential candidate in every election. I just think that American politics would greatly benefit from something other than a choice of two colours and two smiling faces.

    Whatever the results, I pray our nations grow happier, stronger and richer from them. Lord knows the Asian continent is hoping for the worst.

  5. CJ wrote, “We’re not voting for inspirational-speaker-in-chief.”

    Well, yes and no. An awful lot of a president’s power comes from their ability to get others to follow their lead, and in a telegenic world, that often means having the gift of inspirational speaking. Reagan had it. Clinton had it. Carter didn’t. Nixon didn’t.

    Is it everything? Certainly not. But for many potential voters, those who don’t really look beyond their front door for how a given candidate will impact the nation, someone who can give a hell of a stump speech can, and often will have an edge.

  6. Anonymous Anonymous says:

    Brad, you are assuming the country wants to be united. On what seems to be the main issues, I don’t think it will ever be truely united. Pro-Chioce/Pro-life Nope. Keep the Tax cuts/do away with the tax cuts, not really. Spend less or raise taxes to balance the budget, nope (except both parties seem to think that creating programs without a real thought of what it cost is OK), National Health care/private health care, nope (by the way how are we going to pay for this when we can’t pay for the medicare that is killing most states budgets?). Iraq, nope. Gay Marriage, nope. Privatization of social security/keep it like it is (good luck to our generation), nope. The economy, how do you fix a problem that starts with it’s citizens. If we didn’t live on credit like our government, buy houses we can’t afford etc. would there be a problem? Maybe maybe not, because how would the economy continue to grow at the crazy rate if we all lived within our means? Our schools? You can throw all the money in the world at a problem that starts in the home. If the child does not have a strong foundation at home they will not typically do well at school. I listen to Obama and think it’s nice to say, now how are you going to do it? I have not heard anything substantial on the how. I have a heard a lot of the what, but not a lot on the how. Of course I don’t hear a lot of the how from most of the others either. It’s great to have some ideas, but I would love to for someone to actually start putting some personal responsiblity on us the citizens and not on the government. Aaron

  7. Well said, Mr. O. I’m having the toughest time deciding who’s name I’m going to put a mark next to on Tues. Obama is intellegent, articulate and charismatic. Not since Clinton (Bill, that is) first ran have I felt the kind of hope I feel when hearing Obama. The issue for me, however, is which one of the two has the best chance to win the general election?

    Whoever ends up our nominee, though – it’s certainly going to be one helluva a time between now and November!

  8. Anonymous Andy H says:

    Ron Paul anyone? 😀

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