Following two weeks of political conventions, I’m struck by this eventful, historic, and entertaining moment in American politics:
Barack Obama becomes the first black candidate for U.S. President. John McCain selects Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate and the first woman candidate for Vice President nominated by the Republicans. As many have pointed out, whoever wins will make history.
The next two months of campaigning should be interesting and I hope just as serious. May the political debate focus on the candidates’ visions and solutions to the serious issues facing the country and not degenerate into baseless attack ads preying upon America’s innermost fears.
Considering even our worst election moments, we should be grateful for the process that has governed this country since its formation. The recent horror of the Zimbabwe presidential election and corrupted runoff are unfortunate reminders of how bad it could be.