I am a lifelong Democrat and will support the eventual nominee. I like Obama a lot. I just think that Americans should know what he believes and what he would do if elected. I have long worked for minority candidates and underdogs. I was 1 percent of Jesse Jackson’s vote in 1984 in my hometown and supported Geraldine Ferraro and Jane Harmon. It would be fantastic for an African American to be President of the United States.
However, the similarities between George W. Bush and Obama scare me.
Both had Ivy League educations, put on fake southern accents, go with their “gut” feelings over facts, dismiss experience and have never done anything before.
Both President Bush and Senator Obama have campaigned as “Uniters.” Haven’t we learned that lesson?
I’m not looking forward to 4-8 years of amateurs and staff running the country.
This all plays into the Andrew Keen stuff about the cult of the amateur and extends the growing anti-intellectualism in our culture.
The system is indeed broken when one junior high school popularity contest causes people with a lifetime of expertise to drop out before a vote is cast. Biden, Richardson, Dodd, Clinton and even Kucinich have a record of accomplishments that Obama does not share.
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.