Today’s Obama Video of the Day comes from (you guessed it), YouTube, and a user who calls himself NotAverageJoe. It’s short, it’s simple, and it asks the question, “does experience really matter?”
The truth is, of course it does. But the real question is, “what is experience without wisdom?” The answer? It’s nothing.
A collection of so-called experienced and seriously misguided legislators and administration officials created the mess we find ourselves in now in Iraq. Those same genuises even today just stand idly by incapacitated as Osama Bin Laden makes home movies of himself with his home slices, denouncing our way of life and predicting our impending doom.
No, we’ve had enough of experienced politicians, thank you very much, which is why we support Senator Obama. We’re tired of politicians that gauge what they believe against popular opinion, and change their stances like they change their underwear – it insults my intelligence, and the intelligence of the American people.
Now, I am not one to believe that politicians should be blamed for not being infallible – sometimes, it’s just not possible. But for Senator Clinton and Senator Edwards to gloss over their inability to see the error in the Bush administration’s handling of Iraq from the beginning calls their judgment into question in my opinion, and thus makes them both the wrong choice to become Commander in Chief.
“Well, what do you mean, Patricia?” Thank you for asking. I’ll tell you what I mean.
When I read Senator Obama’s book, “The Audacity of Hope”, in particular the chapter called “The World Beyond Our Borders”, I realized that his opposition of the Iraq war was grounded in a deeper understanding of the politics of the region than most people realize. His knowledge of the perils of imperialistic attempts at nation-building opened my eyes to the realities of this nation’s arrogance. He understood and explained in his book why it was natural to assume that despite what may have even been good intentions, any attempt to forcibly turn Iraq towards Democracy could only result in a splintering of the country into warring factions – and he didn’t just explain it after the fact, he predicted it. That’s a matter of public record.
Was it his vast foreign policy experience that helped him come to these conclusions and voice them, even though they weren’t popular at the time? Was it a cajillion years of Senate experience? Was it having a father or a husband who used to be President? No on all fronts. It was just good judgment, knowledge of global politics, and pure old garden variety courage.
And so this video, though again, short and sweet, echoes the sentiments of Black Women for Obama completely. A wise man named Richard Hudgens said it better than I can:
If experience were the key to success, then how did the combined wealths of experience of Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld lead us into the unmitigated disasters of Viet Nam and Iraq? For qualities needed in a president, I’ll take common sense, wisdom, and integrity over experience, any day.