Friday, 29 August 2008

Meanwhile at the DNC...


Obama really impresses me as a politician and a man. It may all be smoke and mirrors, but if he is genuine, then I would love to see a politician of that calibre here in Australia. The race to the White House will be an interesting one indeed.

In terms of the speech itself, his recognition of oil as a stop-gap measure is incredibly important. Any investment in biofuels and alternative energy by the US will be incredibly beneficial to the world. this is what Australia should be doing, not bowing down to the oil companies, rather we should recognise that R&D is the only way forward to ensure long-term viability of our society.

Aside from that it was very US-centric (as it should have been) so it doesn't affect me personally. Having better healthcare and education systems sounds promising. He seems committed to change, and has some good ideas to get there. Is it a little too good to be true though? Only time (and votes) will tell.

2 comments:

Aaron Alderman said...

Is it a little too good to be true though?

Its far too good to be true. This means he will either lose, get assassinated (further making America a police state) or kowtow to the wrong group (the religious).

Kel said...

That was one thing I admired about the speech actually. He didn't invoke God except to say "God bless America" right at the very end. His speech was incredible pragmatic, yet still kept that same optimism he speaks with. He didn't have to invoke God to get votes...

...though as the campaign gets ugly, I can see that happening. There's a good reason that they did several debates for the religious in the primaries, yet ignored requests to have a single debate on science. They even spoke on gay rights before speaking on science. Quite scary in this modern age of reason that politicians won't speak on the very tool that got them there.