Being in politics is difficult in today’s media-saturated, options-oriented world. This can be especially true if you have strong beliefs that you won’t compromise on regardless of the polls. However, this type of politician will, almost assuredly, never rise to any significant level of power without a large dose of compromise.
However, those politicians who find compromise easy and fashion themselves as political chameleons (like Barack Obama) will face a day when specific measurable decisions need to be made (BTW. Both parties are guilty of this. In other words, I am not being partisan toward a candidate or party, but trying to evaluate the role truth and courage play in politics. I simply use Barack Obama as an glaring example since he is the latest style over substance image-bearer). This is one of the reasons why the history of a particular candidate is so important. Regardless of the projected soundbite being offered during a campaign one need only look at the history of a candidates voting record to find the silhouette of character behind every decision that has been made. Since we had precious few incidents from which to measure the character of Barack Obama it was easy for everyone to claim him under the all-inclusive banner of “Change.” If you think about it, the mantra of “Change” was a fantastic slogan because it offers each person the ability to define “Change” according to what they think it should mean. In the world of politics this was simply brilliant.
However, the time for slick ad campaigns is almost over and we begin to see the payday begin to swell for riding the the wave of political fuzziness. In other words, Barack Obama is going to now start feeling the burn for his political elasticity (see video below).
In an article entitled Rick Warren to deliver Obama invocation – gay community furious we begin to see how being everyone’s friend during the campaign is making the President-Elect very unpopular.