In the last 6 months we have had the opportunity to watch the US political process come to its conclusion with the re-election of Barack Obama for a second term. Irrespective of your political persuasion, few would question Obama’s gift of language and oration. Perhaps our politicians can take heed of some of the words from President Obama’s inauguration speech:
‘We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect’
While such a long election process has been widely criticised, perhaps it is a chance for both parties (and leaders) to show what they aspire to be for the good of our nation?
In the next 8 months both parties have been provided with an opportunity – an opportunity to be positive, not negative. An opportunity to provide reasoned debate, not name-calling. An opportunity to show people why we should vote for them, not be embarrassed by their behaviour. An opportunity to set an example and guide the country, rather than follow opinion polls.
Here’s hoping that both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott take the opportunity to show us their leadership vision for the future, and not get bogged down in petty ‘he said / she said’ politics. I am not sure it is possible, but I live in hope that we will see a true leader emerge.