I usually try to stay away from politics on this blog, especially in this season of our nation when they can be so divisive. But I’m going to venture into it tonight. And I recongize that some of my readers won’t share my views, so just realize that my opinions here are my own, and I respect yours if they are different from mine.
A few months ago, I wrote this post about my concerns about Barack Obama’s campaign. My concerns were not so much about his policies (which I do disagree with), but mostly that this largely unknown and unseasoned politician’s rise to power has been mainly due to a vacuum in leadership around him, and that lots of people were gathering around him simply because of his charisma and ability to communicate. (Please read the post.)
Since that post, I’ve continued to watch and listen, and I’ve continued to be concerned. There has continued to be a big lack of substance in Obama’s message, and a huge rise in his celebrity, almost Messiah-like status. (I don’t feel the caricatures by the conservative talk-show hosts are entirely unwarranted.)
My biggest concern is not that he is a liberal Democrat. My biggest concern is that he’s just too good to be true.
Tonight, I watched Obama’s acceptance speech, a larger-than-life extravaganza in a packed stadium with a backdrop remniscent of the Parthenon. (So much for downplaying the celebrity thing.)
With the first thing out of Obama’s mouth–he lost me.
“To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin, and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation: With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.”
Um…to all the citizens, he accepts our nomination?? I’m not a Democrat, and I didn’t nominate Obama. Where’s the “great humility” in that statement? If anyone else had said that, we’d have thought he was incredibly presumptive, arrogant, and narcissistic. But this isn’t just anyone.
See my point?
I have to hand it to Obama–he knows how to make a speech. He promised a speech with less rhetoric, more substance. I’d be almost scared to hear a high-rhetoric speech. Man, the stuff that guy promised he would give us–all while reducing our taxes? It’s magic, I tell you. If he can work miracles like that, maybe the Messiah thing is true.
Okay, tongue out of cheek. My point is…still lots of promises, still no substance, still no indication as to how he would do what he promises. It’s hard to believe his I am-a-patriot-I-love-America rhetoric when one of the few things we do know about him is his anti-American associations. And sorry…when you have so little experience, you don’t convince people you’d be a good Commander-in-Chief just by saying (in your strongest, growliest man-voice) that you would be.
Look, I have no delusions about the government, and I understand the shortfalls in both parties. And although McCain is not the Republican nominee I would have chosen, in fairness I have to admit that tonight’s speech, no matter how good, would probably not have convinced me to vote for Obama. But at the very least…tonight was Obama’s chance to convince me that he’s someone with whom I could feel safe if he got elected–that he’s more than an empty celebrity.
I’m sorry. He didn’t convince me. I still don’t trust him, and I still think he’s way too good to be true.
(I think Brant made a good point, too, in this post.)