Well DUH! I was reading this thread and got past HEAPS of posts before I realised it was from 2008 !!! (Hey its been a VERY long and busy day here)YAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How good is this?..... It was on every
channel here for hours.... and dont get me wrong... thats SO unusual... that our TV channels would cover an American election to THAT extent.
Personally I am so please he will have a chance to show what he can do.... medicare for one. It was tough that such an intelligent man came into power at the crux of the worst global financial situation since the Great Depression, so I am hoping that he will have a chance to show his leadership and economic reforms without the full force of the GFC looming over him. At least he WAS put in power at the right time. Most national governments (ours included) have been thrown out with the bathwater because unfortunately the hype and mudslinging always seems to focus on an incumbent government being solely responsible FOR the GFC. You always HOPE that majority of voters are intelligent enough to see past this kind of political hyperbole but I have long ago given up on the hope that sense shall prevail; and I am not talking just about American politics. Good to see that the Americans came through for Obama and the reforms and policies he has worked so hard to introduce can be continued and given a fair chance to work.
I may be displaying a sense of innocence but he seems to be more of a leader of government and less of a puppet for "the back-room boys" of former American governments and companies and banks with severely vested interests globally. I wonder if THATS one of the reasons that the whole world was watching this election so closely. And if he IS a leader as I suspect he is, he has always had my admiration for being able to implement some of the changes he has in the Washington political environment. I suspect also that given a freer reign he would introduce much more sweeping changes for the better to the American landscape.
I used to be severely interested in politics and during the presidential eras of some of the past presidents (should we mention any of the Bushs?) it seemed that they were little more that "press secretaries" standing and announcing at the White House lecturn than world leaders. Obama had reignited an interest in American politics when he was first elected.
Of course it would be remiss of me to add to all the Americans on this board that this is only the view of a lowly and ill-informed Aussie. You can never KNOW a government, or how it affects your individual life when you don't LIVE in the country itself... and of course, I am coming to the knowledge with a lifetime of MY political knowledge and OUR system. Honestly... our health system is NOT the best (it used to be)... but I cannot understand a country that does not have a level of free health-care for all its citizens.
To end..... I also do not understand a situation where voting isnt compulsory. To think that the most powerful world leader is elected by 3 to 4% of the population is soooooo scarey. And so open to abuse. What shocked me last night was our collective horror at watching people line up (in winter?) for up to FOUR HOURS???? to vote.
No wonder noone turns up. I would think twice about it too... especially if I had small children. One commentator here remarked to an American commentator who seemed quite blase about a 4 hour line up.... "Well perhaps because it has always BEEN compulsory here we got really good at organising the voting booths." I cant ever remember having to wait for more than a few minutes while the officials checked me off the voting roll.
Perhaps if something as simple as the lines could be fixed and (omg) nationalised, then more Americans would be willing to come out and do what if the most basic and fundamental right of a democracy.... VOTE.
I believe the whole world has breathed a collective little sigh of relief.
Just keep swimming... just keep swimming.. just keep swimming....