This is what I am calling the Obama Equation.
Barack looked at the American political landscape and wrote Audacity of Hope as a response. In that brilliant book, I believe he articulated the above equation as being the only way we can save ourselves from ourselves. I also think what we are seeing, much to the consternation of our far right and far left brethren, is the Obama Administration putting those ideas into motion.
The Obama Equation will become as important to politics as E=MC2 was to physics.
There is another thing to be learned from the Obama Equation – that the notion of progress in America is not a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party to be shoved down the throats of all those who may agree with the theory but not with the practice. Faith-based initiatives is a perfect example. The theory, in this case, is many people in our society are in need of social services in some way, shape or form. The “liberal” practice, at least as far as many “conservatives” are concerned, is to simply thrown government money at the problem until it goes away. They don’t disagree that we must dedicate societal resources to those causes, just that government is always the best way to deliver them. Like most caricatures, there is just enough truth in conservative views of “progressive” policy proscriptions as articulated on the left to completely derail the conversation away from finding compromise.
Oops. I said compromise. The new dirty word in politics.
It seems compromise has been conflated with capitulation in much the same way that idea and ideology have become synonymous. In much the same way that liberal and progressive has become intertwined, leaving no room for moderates on the right to own “progress” as well. If there is no room for ownership of an idea among all the stakeholders in a project, the chances that project will succeed go down dramatically. Collaboration, not combativeness, leads to long-lasting success. In the case of America, collaboration just might lead to sustainable and long-lasting progressive changes.
The Obama Equation begins to address a very fundamental flaw in our current system of politics and government. I can’t wait to see the results.