about 9 years on 2008-06-01

PURCHASING POWER PARITY


(i very much hope you will indulge a few moments of unfettered politics, partisanship, and patriotism...  i will get back to my normal focus on three other 'p's - purchasing power parity -  after a short electoral break.)

i am sincerely proud to be an american today.  this year the honor and privilege of choosing the next president strikes me as particularly special in a very tangible way.  say what you will about the problems of our country and our very imperfect government, but you must deeply respect the hard fought rights and freedoms which our soundly devised and ordered society provide us.  we will select our next leader in the next 12 hours - what an incredible concept - what an enormous feat thought, education, compromise, understanding, and simply civilization.

i voted this morning for barack obama.  i do not agree with many of his policies, and i think that mccain is a highly admirable and capable leader.  i am voting for obama because i believe that as a candidate, in the context of his party, and the country, he is more sincere and better able to deal with the nuance of modernity.  this has been partially demonstrated by his own aptly run campaign, but also in the negative by mccain's selection of sarah palin, which made for me what would have been a very hard decision very very easy.

it doesn't matter that my vote won't 'count' - in a non-swing state - i believe that this election is about standing up and being counted.  we are a resilient country.  we are a strong country.  we are a hard working country, and i still believe that we can rise to the immense challenges that are ahead.  obama won't personally be the solution, nor will the government, however;

voting for obama signals a collective willingness to work hard, act with sincerity, collaborate, and innovate.  these are the critical traits which have guided america and americans through countless resurgences and rebirths in the past, as it will again.  that is the brilliance of obama's slogan, 'yes we can' - it has nothing to do with policy, which i believe is generally far to nuanced to be really discussed in a general election - it is about a set of principles that will lead to good decisions.

in closing, as i get back to the work of the day, i am struck by how enormously similar my views and feelings are towards the election as my father.  he, per usual, beat me to posting his thoughts on his blog - and i am amazed at the number of thoughts and phrases i now feel as though i am cherry picking.


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