Of all the problems I have with our current president, by far the greatest is that he is a true divider. The American melting pot is not an antiquated idea, and we all can see it everywhere we look. In a country that is as evenly divided as the U.S., could there ever be anything worse than a leader who systematically denies what half of the population wants? Today we saw an outstanding example of things done a different, better way. Today Obama gave his first major policy speech, outlining his 5-point foreign policy plan entitled The American Moment (full text).
The overarching theme of the speech was a shift away from the unilateralism that has been the hallmark of the current administration. Obama spoke about common humanity, marshalling a global effort, and constructing alliances and (gasp!) partnerships. “We must neither retreat from the world nor try to bully it into submission — we must lead the world, by deed and example.” Leading by a combination of morality and might resonates with many. Our powerful status requires that we play a role as a global leader, but as a party in the global community and not simply attempting to be a global dictator. Some might call his call for increasing the size of the military and taking a “cap-and-trade” system to global warming pandering to the right, I see them more as appropriate middle ground ideas for a nation in the middle.