The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed,
the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.
Someone once said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the rest. We in the US have a flawed system to be sure. But what is wrong with this presidential campaign? I don't remember a campaign in which I've heard so much reactionary nonsense. We should be electing a human being, not a machine. If you ask a candidate what he want's, the answer is he wants to be president. That's not good enough for me. I want to know why.
I'm tired of hearing where he was born, where he grew up, where he's been, who he's known, what he's done, how he voted in favor of this bill and how he voted against another. All of that stuff is playing in shadows and looking into the mud puddles of history. People change, minds change and they have a divine right to do so.
I want to know the man. I want to know what his vision is. I want to know what drives him, what enables him to get up in the morning and get going even though he knows he's going to face acrimonious criticism, verbal abuse, the media poking into every muscle of his private life and vigorous and often unethical opposition.
I want to know what he thinks his personal destiny is. I want to know what he wants for himself, his family, his country and the world and why he thinks being president is going to help him achieve those goals.
I wait and wish for the light to shine on some beautiful and clearly articulated ideals that are purer than democracy, bigger than government and better than this ugly and uncomfortable fight for the job. It is folly to vote for one man merely because you are afraid of what may happen if the other one is elected., and yet that is what we have come to: the exercise of fear.
I want the presidency of my country to be legitimized and made respectable once again. Is it impossible to witness such things as grace, heroism, statesmanship and benevolent energy in our government. They have been lacking for a long, long time.
DB - Vagabond Journeys