This is why politics in America is such a hot subject. Passionate, statesmanlike speakers with a real message of change and hope. Beyond that, inspiring others to participate and get the message out. Will.I.Am of the Black-Eyed Peas has put together something special here – I’ve watched it several times and still choke up. It’s very reminiscent of the feelings I get when I hear We Are the World or Do They Know It’s Christmas?, perhaps even more powerfully so.
Barack Obama truly excites me as a politician. He is articulate and inspiring and can write his own stuff – the 2004 Democratic Convention speech that really brought him into the spotlight was his own work. His books, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream were two of the most affecting things I have ever read.
But we have nobody in Australia that inspires anything like this kind of passion in the public, nor anyone delivering a message remotely inspiring. Kevin Rudd and Penny Wong both spoke eloquently at the Bali Climate Change Summit, but they were dead boring. Wong’s speech in particular was sleep-inducing – all the right words and no emotion whatsoever.
I hold out hope that the Australia 2020 Summit can bring to the fore some new and inspiring voices for change in Australia.