I’ve got a little admission to make. Even after 3 years of law school, I’m not very political at all. I’ve never even voted. It’s hard to get me too excited over the presidential races especially. A mio parere, the president has very little power to affect meaningful long-term change. And usually they’re not really trying to do much. It’s like the Who sang… “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.”
But this year seems kind of different to me. Obama has clinched the democratic nomination (I’ve pretty much lost a bet I made with Gavin Smith when Clinton was way ahead on intrade). I’m pretty happy about it. This is the first time I think we’re in a position to actually see some meaningful change as the result of an election.
I’ll get real with you… I don’t think Obama would really change the US that much. After his term would be over, the US will probably be pretty identical to how it is now. If there are big changes, it’s more to the credit or fault of the senate and house. But there is one thing that will change if Obama is elected. Twenty years from now when some black kid is being taught in school that he can do anything with his life, they’ll point at Obama and the kid will believe them. It would also be a very big step and perhaps one of the final steps towards racial equality here in our country. I like McCain just fine… but I want to see our country have a black president. È così semplice.
Joey and I have been talking about what we can do to help see Obama elected. I registered to vote. I donated a bit to the campaign (also donated to Ron Paul… would have been really cool to see an Independent have a shot at the office). I went online and ordered three Obama tshirts, and have been wearing them around town and to some of the WSOP events.
But today we did something really cool. A bit ago, Joey wrote a song about Obama and today we did a little demo with Joey on acoustic and vocals, my buddy Danny on lead guitar, me on keyboard, and Joey’s girlfriend Sara on drums. It’s a little rough, but it doesn’t sound half bad really. Joey wants to do a cleaner more professional version… I want to mix in an Obama speech over the beat somewhere… and we’re thinking of a video on Youtube. But it is what it is… we have a demo of the song. Click on the picture to download, listen, spread.
The series hasn’t been going well. Have played an event almost every day and still haven’t even cashed. But I feel like I’m playing well and things are going to change. I’ve never had a down series since I’ve started coming out here to Vegas every sweltering summer. We can cash. Yes we can.