I find American politics so fascinating. Since I grew up in another country with a different political system I am just amazed at how America runs itself and how the different rules have developed. Things like the electoral college or the party politics in nominating supreme court justices continue to baffle me. On top of it all, the frustration many people because of the basic system of having only 2 viable parties – and when a thrid party emerges it serves only to hinder one of the two major parties (this is why I think the smartest party will secretly start a third-party as an offshoot of the other party, in order to cripple their influence. It’s the only way more parties could possibly emerge. Well, that or if California succeeds.)
So, I read Barak Obama’s book to learn more about the man who is running the country. He’s quite a polarizing figure – people either love him, hate him or are completely apathetic (I can tell you which by which television news channel is on in their homes :).
All that to say, his book is pretty normal. It’s part hopeful dreams, part sharing of his life and part laying out of his party platform. There were parts where I learned a lot, parts where I was bored and parts where I was inspired.
Still, he doesn’t have my vote. But nobody does. At least not until I pass that citizenship test. Then I just have to make sure not to vote for the sly branch party which has been secretly set up by the opposition.
pages read= 364 ~ year to date= 6558 ~ 2009 goal=9,000 ~ (73%)