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New president helps to revive idealism


To the Editor:

In what way is President Obama different from his predecessors?

In a word, "Idealism."

A politician without idealism is a common thief.

Every career Idealist must possess some political skills that enable him to actually implement his visionary goals. Every career politician must have a touch of idealism to make his down-to-earth political efforts worthwhile and morally justifiable. The character traits need each other, in healthy abundance.

Most politicians—be they Republican or Democrat, Libertarian or Green, left or right—somewhere deep down in their quiet pools of thought, have visions of a better world for all peoples.

However briefly in the night, they, too, dream of utopia, of the masses having sufficient warmth, shelter, clothing and food. Of a kinder, gentler, more noble world. That momentary reverie is as instinctive as compassion itself. As basic as a beating heart.

What distinguished George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from typical politicians is they seem not to have the slightest bit of idealism in their character. That trait is a stranger to their thinking. Both exemplified free market pragmatism their focus has always been on the art of wealth.

Analyze the Obama administration as liberal, socialist or progressive, in the end it comes down to the dichotomy between aggression vs. compassion or wealth vs. vision.

If President Obama, spurred by the impetus of his idealism, survives the arrows of political, emotional and physical assassins, he will set the benchmark of leadership and progress for future presidents.

William F. Brabenec, Attica
May 06, 2009

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