I know this is probably not the best idea for a business blog. I hesitate to express my political beliefs in general, because while I do have strong beliefs of a “liberal” persuasion, I also think that those political beliefs are best kept apart from my business persona. As Red Sweater Software, my job is to make your Mac rock your world. That’s true whether you’re a liberal, conservative, libertarian, or all of the above. I honestly don’t care, and I value and admire my customers from all political persuasions. But that’s software, and that’s business.
As an individual, I have ambitions to make the United States a proud country whose public policy reflects the Americans I know. An overwhelmingly kind and non-violent type of American, who wants to join hands with the rest of the world, instead of raising hands against them.
So many of us, from all political parties, feel this way. We go on about our daily lives, but we are pained by the ways in which our government positions itself as an adversary to the rest of the world. Here’s the deal, world: WE LOVE YOU. We can’t stand what’s going on with our public policy, and we can’t wait for it to change.
Many people like to blame “conservatives” for this negative world impression, but the truth is that many of the so-called conservatives are just as ambitious as I am about building a world-wide family. We’re all in this together, to steal a line from “Brazil.” Let’s not think about whether a conservative or a liberal will fix our problems, let’s think about which person represents the hopeful ambitions of our country.
I personally think that Barack Obama represents our best hope for jumpstarting a change in our relationship with the world. I believe Hillary Clinton is a good person, whose intellect and ambitions are in the best interests of America. But I don’t think she can effect the type of change I need and expect. At this point in our country’s incredibly short yet powerful history, I believe we need to elect a President whose leadership and vision give us a head start in the eyes of the world. A President who causes the world to sit up and acknowledge: “America cares about us.”
I’m ready for the United States of America to take a new leader. A leader who will represent everything hopeful about our unique, positive attitude toward the world. If you’re American, and you’ve got something hopeful to say to the world, I strongly encourage you to consider voting for Barack Obama. If you’re not American, and you’ve got some faith left in us, I strongly encourage you to sit tight and see how much better we can be, when we try.