Interesting things are happening in the world. They might even be good things.
I always expected that the day that Fidel Castro was no longer president of Cuba would be a huge event – a “Where were you when…” kind of event. Instead, it seems barely worth notice – a mere formality. Fidel’s brother is officially in charge and Fidel himself is still around. There might be some token reforms but no radical overnight change.
I can’t help but think about the possibility of the next US administration opening diplomatic relations with the government of Cuba. That would be the big, Earth shaking change. I’ve always had doubts about the embargo. I’m not sure whether I agree with it or not. It should have been obvious after a couple of decades that our policy of ‘You’re mean so we’re not going to play with you,’ would not convince Fidel to play nice. And why trade with China but not Cuba? On the other hand… well I don’t know exactly what the other hand is except that it doesn’t like the idea of dealing with dictators as if they were legitimate leaders.
On the other side of the world the citizens of Pakistan have voted for change. How much change will there actually be? I don’t know. Maybe not much but it’s encouraging that the people overwhelmingly voted against the Islamist parties.
Of course, I can’t talk about changes of leadership without mentioning our own upcoming presidential election. I’m trying not to get too excited or to hope for too much but this is the first time in several elections that I have felt there will be a real choice, not just a choice between, “Anyone but him” and “Oh hell no.” Still, I’m always of the opinion that anyone who actually wants to be president probably isn’t fit to do the job.
We still don’t know who the Democratic nominee will be. There are things I like and things I dislike about both of the candidates but I would be somewhat satisfied with either. My big problem with Clinton is that I feel that if we elect her we will be electing a couple for president and that couple has already been president for two terms. Hillary meddled in Bill’s presidency and it’s a sure bet that Bill will meddle in Hillary’s presidency if she is elected. But is that really very important if she is the best candidate for the job?
Obama has charisma. He gets people fired up and inspires hope. It takes more than personality to be a good president but personality should not be entirely dismissed. He lacks experience but I tend to consider that a good thing. I would vote for a waitress or a truckdriver for president if they were obviously intelligent and I liked what they had to say. In fact, I would really like to see a waitress or a truckdriver elected president.
But anyway, back to the real candidates. Clinton and Obama are actually not that far apart on the issues. I think Clinton would be better for foreign policy and national security but that’s just a feeling. I’m not sure about either of their health care plans. I fear that whatever the government does about health care it’s going to be screwed up. The government takes things that are very simple and makes them very complicated so when it comes to something that is complicated in the first place, like health care, you know it has to end up very seriously screwed up. The economy? I don’t know. That’s another complicated issue and I doubt the president can do much about it. The economy seems to be a beast that goes its own way no matter what any individual tries to do about it. The other day I read this about Obama and the economy. It sort of surprised me, in a good way.
But we must not forget the Republican candidate. All along I’ve been feeling that our next president will be either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. I want to think that. On the same blog as that last link I read this interview with an associate of John McCain’s. In some ways I think McCain might be better than our current president but I keep reading things about him that creep me out and frankly, just looking at him creeps me out for some reason. You know, sometimes you just get a feeling about someone. I do not want McCain to be president but I have to keep reminding myself that it’s possible. On the bright side, at least Huckabee is out even if he won’t admit it.