OK, I'm about to post another jab at Obama. I actually like him, so it's probably because of the rain and that I'm working on Saturday. Or maybe because there are already loads of Obama-love all over the internets. But most likely to point people to a new Stanford blog that has a post on Obama:
Unfortunately, Obama's campaign seems to eschew the substance in favor of vague notions of hope and generational responsibility. Those are powerful notions, but I can't think of a presidential candidate in recent history who hasn't invoked them. Even worse is that Obama explicitly suggests that people who want to hear plans and specifics somehow "don't believe in talking about hope":I like what Obama says, but the more I hear from his campaign, the weaker and weaker he looks. I've been trying to avoid coming out and saying it, but it comes off to me as quite naive. Cynicism is not fighting for your view when it's approved by most people."There are those who don't believe in talking about hope," Obama told the crowd. "They say, 'Well, we want specifics, we want details, and we want white papers, and we want plans.' We've had a lot of plans, Democrats. What we've had is a shortage of hope."Honestly, this kind of rhetoric can start to sound a little Bushy. How can you even engage in a debate with a man who tells you that offering an argument is a sign that you're not hopeful enough? I don't get it.
I want leadership, not hope. To quote a famous passage, faith without action is dead.