Politics, like life, is mostly about fear and desire.
There are campaigns about desire – Barack Obama’s hopeful appeal in 2008, Bill Clinton 1992, Ronald Reagan 1980, John F. Kennedy 1960.
Those are the best elections, allowing us to reclaim the spirit of our original nature as Americans, as a people intent on making a better world.
But then there are the campaigns about fear. George W. Bush’s reelection was all about telling us terrorists would invade the neighborhood mall if he and Dick Cheney were not kept it charge.
Sadly, President Obama has traded desire for fear in this election. His camp is running more than a thousand ads a week in battleground states scaring voters about the prospects of a Mitt Romney presidency. But nothing positive about what our future holds if he’s reelected.
Reclaim desire, Mr. President. Otherwise, your second term won’t be worth having.