Book Review: Audacity of Hope by Barak Obama
I’ve learned over the last several years that I’m more of an Independent than a Republican. I have almost always voted Republican based on moral issues, but in recent years I’ve watched the division of the American people become a drastic chasm with no apparent bridge in site. What has really frustrated me is that it seems like the issues really haven’t changed, but the voices which have expressed the “views of the people” have become more vitriolic and divisive.
Politicians have lost the vision of a United America. It’s all about winning for them. It’s almost become too much of a game where winner takes all and there is no crossing the isle if you want to win the game. Most of our politicians are on the extremes while most of America is in the center. The country is in serious need of a centrist to lead the country to refocus Washington on the true desires of the common people. It’s not about which party wins… it’s about helping America win.
My basic feeling about Obama hasn’t changed drastically after reading his book. I do feel that this man is sincere about his service to and dedication to the country. Although there are many issues he spoke about where I disagreed with his solutions, I’m confident that he will cross the isle when needed.
One of the issues I did have with the book is Obama didn’t hesitate to take stabs at the Republicans. He spoke of his respect for the other side of the isle, but often highly criticized the right as well and not just the issues. Even though I understand he’s very much a Democrat, I would like to see a candidate, for once, just stick to the issues.
The most enlightening part of the book was his discussion of the tactics of politics. Once again, it’s not about the issues, it’s about winning. It’s about political marketing. Obama credits the recent Republican presidential wins to marketing. He says that the Republicans have done a better job of marketing and market researching, etc. And in a way, he has called out the Democrats to get better at it.
And if that doesn’t sicken you to politics, then I’m not sure what will. It’s a revelation that todays politics is not about the people or the issues. It’s about marketing. It’s not about who is truly fighting for the people and what the people really want. It’s about power.
I guess I should curb the rant. Can you tell I’m frustrated with politics these days?
Book Grade: B