Friday, August 1, 2008
Something that McCain & Obama Ought to Think About
It's from Thurston Clarke's new book The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days that Inspired America:
Because Kennedy had managed his late brother's 1960 presidential campaign and served in his cabinet as attorney general, he understood that following a crude and divisive campaign with a high-minded presidency would be difficult, and healing a morally wounded nation after running an immoral campaign would be impossible. Because he understood this, his campaign is a template for how a candidate should run for the White House in a time of moral crisis. (p. 2)
We are living in a time of national moral crisis and we need our new president to have a "high-minded presidency" that will help in "healing a morally wounded nation." Therefore, we need to let the candidates know that we expect them, their surrogates, and their mouthpieces to run an honorable and moral campaign.
We really, really need it.