Third wave

In 1995 or 1996 I read a book by Alvin Toffler that was entitled, “Creating a New Civilization: The Politics of the Third Wave. It was a very interesting book at the time and one of the salient points that Alvin Toffler made in the book was that American politics and political campaigns would continue to be negative until someone came along with a vision. When the visionary appeared the masses would flock to him or her and the old politics and policies would be undone. Ironically the forward of that book was written by Newt Gingrich. I believe Barack Obama is the first candidate to really tap into that wellspring. Just yesterday Senator Obama spoke before a crowd estimated by the local police in Denver at 100,000 strong. Police are usually conservative and the crowd could have been larger. Obama has drawn crowds wherever he’s gone because there is a real hunger for something new. There is a general distaste for campaigns that highlight the negatives of an opponent and nowhere is that more evident than in the campaign of Senator McCain and Governor Palin. The tired rhetoric of division is actually backfiring on the political operatives and they are mystified by Obama’s meteoric rise.

About Don Watkins

I'm a FOSS advocate, writer, educator, Python coder, Linux user, US Navy Veteran, Secular Franciscan, husband,father and grandfather. I blog about my life and experiences that give it meaning.
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