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I wanted to know something more about the Senator from Illinois who has captured so much of the Democratic attention in the upcoming presidential election. Plus, I liked the title. So I picked up Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope and read it without expectation that the writing would be good or the thoughts profound.
I found both. Senator Obama is one of those rare individuals who has interesting ideas and possesses a gift with language. For example, in his chapter on the Constitution, a subject he taught in law school, the Senator opines: "It's not just absolute power that the Founders sought to prevent. Implicit in its structure, in the very idea of ordered liberty, was a rejection of absolute truth, the infallibility of any idea or ideology or theology or 'ism,' any tyrannical consistency that might lock future generations into a single, unalterable course."
See what I mean? Senator Obama talks about his childhood, his race and his feelings on racial issues, values, his own family, and of course - politics. He explains the heart of the political problem as money- the constant fundraising, the pull of special interest groups, the power of the wealthy. He tells a funny story about meeting with Warren Buffet. Buffet told him he was against the Republican elimination of the estate tax because it's "handing over the country's resources to people who didn't earn it. It's like choosing the 2020 Olympic team by picking the children of all the winners at the 2000 Games."
You will enjoy the read, even if you don't agree with the politics. Barack Obama's book is thoughtful, well-reasoned argument no matter what your party affiliation, and a must read for political junkies like me. I give a thumbs up to The Audacity of Hope. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio, I'm Amanda Dickson.