Prelude to a politics of hope

I just finished Barack Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope” last night, and it is without a doubt one of the most inspiring books I’ve read. Although he speaks from the American experience, he talks about ideas and ideals that resonate in the experiences of all countries.

The book offers a cursory look into American political history and its current economic challenges, all the while underscoring this question, “Do we persist in a politics of cynicism? Or a politics of hope?”

And in his politics of hope, he presents real common sense solutions to the most complicated problems. While not all Americans will agree with him of course, his intelligence and heart is something to be respected.

I will talk about this politics of hope in the Philippine context soon. It is my firm belief that we need this kind of politics, lest we choose to persist in our politics of fear and cynicism.

For now, check out the famous speech he delivered at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. The entire book built up to this moment. Take some time to listen to him (especially in part 2) and you’ll figure out why I look up to this man’s ideals.

Part 1

Part 2

Barack Obama is running for the US presidency this 2008. He’s going up against Hilary Clinton in the primaries.


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