Check out the podcast for Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) on his website...every week he shares his thoughts on current issues. A particularly good one was his podcast on poverty in America.
You can also check out his blog on the website. This is a particularly great entry he wrote regarding "Tone, Truth, and the Democratic Party." Here's my favorite part:
The bottom line is that our job is harder than the conservatives' job. After all, it's easy to articulate a belligerent foreign policy based solely on unilateral military action, a policy that sounds tough and acts dumb; it's harder to craft a foreign policy that's tough and smart. It's easy to dismantle government safety nets; it's harder to transform those safety nets so that they work for people and can be paid for. It's easy to embrace a theological absolutism; it's harder to find the right balance between the legitimate role of faith in our lives and the demands of our civic religion. But that's our job. And I firmly believe that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, or oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose. Whenever we dumb down the political debate, we lose. A polarized electorate that is turned off of politics, and easily dismisses both parties because of the nasty, dishonest tone of the debate, works perfectly well for those who seek to chip away at the very idea of government because, in the end, a cynical electorate is a selfish electorate.
In such a polemical time in our country, we need a leader who can see past the content differences and focus on the process going on behind these inimical relations (Counseling Nerd alert!). Anyway, I can't wait to see what the future holds for Sen. Obama.