President Barack Obama will have been catapulted into the White House by small donors. Congress will remain beholden to big special interest groups. Obama will be for the average American, Congress will remain as puppets to money that has helped them hold onto their positions. Result: the hope for a return to progressive democracy will clash head-on with the old special-interest politics. This will transcend Democratic-Republican "differences."
Perhaps the end of American world leadership would have been close. But with the election of Ronald Reagan and the rise of the neocons in American politics, the slide was greased by greed, empire, war, bigotry, and hypocrisy. The adults of today will still have a moment in the American sun, but the dominance of our society in the world is on the wane. In fact, the USA was once a beacon to peoples all over the world. Today it is a pariah nation to many. George Bush is not only hated in many national capitols, he is looked down upon as a unenlightened bumpkin. The demise of American dominance is happening faster than anyone anticipated. If we can elect a man like George W. Bush, the world feels we have reached the end, and how can a country with such lack of insight be worth much in today's mileu? The dollar is dying. So is our culture.
Who do you think that is peeking out over the fence of that gated community? Yep, your fellow Americans. In case you haven't noticed, you are quickly losing the America you were brought up to believe in.
Here are some of the things that should have been done long, long ago, or should have always been a part and parcel of the United States of America. Obama is the first candidate since RFK who brings some hope for the return of democracy. Is it possible that Barack Obama can make these long-awaited things happen for the majority of Americans...
If you had to hear it from Scott McClellan, you simply haven't been paying attention. Regarding Iraq, we were lied to by Bush and his henchmen, we were grossly shortchanged by the Democrats, the media had its head in the sand, the military leadership failed us, and American democracy was handed over to corporate factions who have made a profiting bonanza out of Iraq and this administration. But the passive, quiet Democrats were shameful beyond belief.