In case you spent the last 24 hours on the moon,Barack Obama was officially nominated by the Democratic National Convention as the Democratic candidate for President ina thunderous unanimous aclamation requested by Hillary Clinton, his former rival for the nomination. Yes, the whole thing was closely scripted, but it still showed a lot of class and probably went a long way towards repairing the fift in the party caused by the sometimes acrimonious primary battles between Clinton and Obama.
The delegates roared their approval by chanting thectchphrase of the Obama campaign – “yes we can.” This phrase, part of the Obama campaign alos from Day One is from the chorus of the theme song for a children’s TV show, Bob The Builder. The chorus goes, “Can we fix it? Yes we can! Bob the Builder!” You can watch a video of this song here.
I’m probably prejudicded, but I think this song fits Obama to a T, hence the title of this post. Assuming that the events of last night bear fruit and the Democrats unify behind Obama for the general election in November, Obama, with some very real help from the Clintons last night, will have taken a giant step towards showing the American people just what kind of leader he will be as President. He too will be preceived as a builder who can fix any problem he encounters. Given the problems America faces today, that is what we need in our next President much more than, to quote Joe Biden, “a good soldier.”
We had a good soldier for President in the 1950s – Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower was an even better soldier than John McCain. But, in his Farewell Address of January 17, 1961, Eisenhower warned against the grwoing influence of the military industrial complex on the policies of the American governemt. He said:
n the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
As the events of the last eight years have shown, that advice is even more apropos and more important than it was nearlt fifty years ago. Can we really expect ” a good soldier” to curb the greed of the military industrial complex, which includes the oil companies, the so-called security contractors like Blackwater, or the rise of brutality both in the military and im law enforcement in general? Nothing aginsy McCain personally, but I really do not believe he is the right person to lead this country at this time in our history.
We need to change the direction this country has been going for the last eight years or more. We need aomwone who can, hopefully, fix the problems confronting the United States. We need Barack the Builder. Can we fix it? Yes we can.