Our Paradoxical Presidential Politics

Excerpt: The words we're hearing most during this presidential campaign are "historic" and "change." But what I see is "paradox." Take our new Democratic Party nominee, Sen. Obama.

This is a man, to be sure, of extraordinary talent and ambition. But what a gap between the reality he manifests and the reality he talks about.

No one could have predicted, even a year and half ago, that today Obama would stand as leader of his party, running for president of the United States. It's the possibility of this type of surprise – allowing for the inconceivable and the unpredictable – that makes freedom so powerful and speaks to the sham and pretense of government and political planning.

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