You talk about Barack Obama – and you have expressed your support for him. Another reason for a father to be proud of his son. Proud because Barack is not afraid to challenge the status quo, to challenge the old guard, to have the audacity of hope. You again demonstrate the ability and willingness to make up your own mind. I have enjoyed watching your thinking processes. Son – this is a very scary time in our country.
Some say people become more conservative as they get older. If we define conservative as more cautious, more deliberate, less likely to take chances – then I qualify. Very few people would call me conservative. I think you called me a flaming liberal. But as I age I become more cautious, more deliberate, and less likely to take chances. People who know me would say “WHAT! You are a huge risk taker!” That may be true – but not as much as in the past.
I fear for the future of my children and grandchildren. Our country is at the lowest point of respect in the world that I can personally remember, or remember reading about. Our national debt is out of control. Fifty million people do not have access to adequate health care. Our education system is not keeping up. Modern science has changed the landscape of addiction and crime. Religious radicals have reduced public debate to something out of the dark ages. Technology presents new opportunities and new dangers. As noted: technological advances in chemistry have created some of the most powerful addictive drugs in the history of man. And how about Global Warming- whew?
So who do we choose to lead us into this time of hope and danger? Perhaps we need someone who has the ‘audacity of hope.’