15 November 2007

Obama for President

Some of you may be wondering "Why does he talk about U.S. politics when he's supposed to be voting
in a week and a half?" Well, some of it has to do with the fact that I don't trust any Australian
politicians (or at least none of the ones I know of). Some of it has to do with what they're talking
about, and what they're avoiding talking about. Some of it has to do with the way the mass media
cover politics (and not just at election time). So basically I feel politically disenfranchised.
Then again, I often think of myself as an anarchist, so that should be nothing new.

The American presidential race, though, often draws my attention. Specifically, the progress of one
Barack Obama: A few weeks ago he discussed nuclear disarmament (as in GLOBAL nuclear disarmament,
not just North Korea or Iran or Pakistan). He also doesn't seem to rise (or should that be "lower
himself") to the typical political mudslinging we've all come to expect.

Now, he's proposed a Presidential Chief Technology Officer
(http://venturebeat.com/2007/11/13/exclusive-barack-obama-to-name-a-chief-technology-officer/ --
found through Meredith's blog:

http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/index.php/2007/11/14/cto-of-america/) to "ensure government
officials holds open meetings, broadcast live webcasts of those meetings, and use blogging software,
wikis and open comments to communicate policies with Americans, according to the plan."

Fancy that! Transparent government! Just as it should be (isn't is supposed to be government of the
people, for the people, and by the people? So why isn't anyone else saying stuff like this? Or is
this another quaint 18th Century concept we need to do away with?).

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