Monday, January 28, 2008


Yesterday Billy Bragg spoke about cynicism in the political process.

He made the point that it is the Conservative's stock in trade.

Too often during the last year we heard commentators proclaim that there was no difference between John Howard and Kevin Rudd, or that it doesn't matter who you vote for. The old me-too chant.

I agree wholeheartedly with Bragg, cynicism is the fallback of conservatives and reactionary types the world over.

It's for that reason that I'm please that Barack Obama has put hope as a central theme to his campaign.

and as per usual we get the usual cynical chorus that these are just words, or that he is just telling us a 'fairy tale'- sadly coming from Bill Clinton.

But those words do mean something, and it is up to us, the citizenry, to hold politicians to their words.

It's much better for us to be trying to get progressive politicians to stick to their guns, than reactionaries to change their stripes.

Just my view


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