By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
(RENO, NV.) Politics is one of the few activities that matches sports in uniting unrelated peoples in common, competitive, exciting endeavor.
That truth struck me yet again over the weekend while my sister, my eldest son and I were canvassing for Obama in Nevada.
The thousands of volunteers pouring into Nevada from California, and also those who drove down from Oregon and Idaho and elsewhere, were often quite different from each other in educational background, ethnicity, age, class, etc., yet were united in common cause. None of the distinctions mattered, just as it doesn't matter in competitive sports: What matters is playing up to one's (and the teams') potential, and trying as hard as possible to emerge the winner. And having fun while doing so.
The throngs of volunteers that converged on a warehouse in downtown Reno this weekend -- about 1500 for our orientation -- were typical. We came from all over, from varying backgrounds, even from different political agendas at times, but an inspiring vision and excitement united us: a world where "conservative" extremism would no longer rule and ruin our country, and much of the world, as has been the case for at least the past eight years under CheneyBush.
Obama, with all his flaws on this policy or that, is the embodiment of this vision, of hope for significant change -- the first real chance for winning a substantial presidential-cum-legislative victory that many of us Democrats had experienced in a long, long time.
Bernard Weiner, Ph.D. in government & international relations, has taught at universities in California and Washington, worked for two decades as a writer-editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, and currently serves as co-editor of The Crisis Papers (more...
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