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October 23, 2008

A leader for now

Given the daunting challenges facing the United States, Sen. Barack Obama is the best choice to follow George W. Bush as president.

Sen. John McCain is a good man and he has served his country faithfully. He will continue to do so no matter what happens Nov. 4. He was a good choice as his party’s candidate. No one can debate that point.

But the world is changing rapidly, which is why Obama began his candidacy two years ago declaring the need for change.

In the first decade of the 21st century, we are discovering how inadequately prepared America is for the future. Many still think that because America won the Cold War more than a decade ago, America continues to dominate the rest of the world.

The United States operates with distinct advantages over other countries because of our size, economy and military power. But we’re seeing some of that slip away because of a six-year war in Iraq and a financial meltdown paired with government fiscal irresponsibility.

Future economic stability and security, however, won’t be attained by America’s domination. It will be gained in America’s cooperation with other countries, something that Obama seems to understand more clearly than his opponent.

Obama’s opponents will claim he has little experience to lead. His histories in state and federal government are brief, to be sure.

Yet Obama has energized and inspired many in this country in a way that they have not been energized and inspired before.

Again, opponents will counter that hope is not a strategy.

But the ability to get people moving in a new direction and overcoming the great challenges they face, rather than staying a course that has proven sorely ineffectual, is what leaders do.

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