Last week I did something I’ve never done before. I made a contribution to a political candidate’s campaign: Senator Barack Obama.

When November comes, I will vote for the Democratic candidate. I cannot imagine that anyone running, no matter their faults, could possibly be worse than the war criminals currently in office. But of the three major primary candidates, Senator Obama’s campaign seems to me to have the right focus: the future, and how to bring Americans together around our shared future. We surely do not have the same vision for the future, all of us Americans, but we just as surely will share the same actuality. I’d like someone in office who wants to help us shape that future in a productive way.