Hasta la vista Dubya!
Eight long years I’ve waited for this day! Finally, the winds of change will sweep through the mirky, shadowy corridors of the White House and Dubya will waft off into the sunset – going down in history as the worst of all US Presidents and leaving in his wake an America that is less respected. What will today bring? Prez Obama or Prez McCain? Will either represent true change? Will either willingly give up some of the powers that Dubya has usurped for himself?
Whoever is elected today has enormous powers to shape the post-meltdown world. I am hoping that there aren’t any nasty surprises coming our way. Did you read the article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr and Greg Palast in Rolling Stone about the GOP’s campaign to deter new voters and vanish Democratic voters off voting lists?
On Super Tuesday (February 5) one in nine Democrats who went to cast their ballots in New Mexico found…poof..their names had vanished off the voting roll (and this included the supervisor of elections in Las Vegas – imagine his surprise!). In Las Vegas, nearly 20% of the county’s Democratic voters were missing off the voting list. Republican “operatives” are using new Federal legislation to disenfranchise Democrats. I guess we’ll find out very soon whether this disreputable nationwide campaign is enough to knock out Obama’s chances of being Prez.
With the United States being a superpower embroiled in a not-so-elegant decline, this Prez election is perhaps the most important in US history. Bogged down in the Iraq quagmire; arrogantly ignoring international law and order; engaging in torture; turning their backs on global warming – the next US Prez will have a staggering To Do list:
- Commander-in-Chief of the largest war-time force deployed since the Vietnam War – what to do about the Iraq War?
- an incredibly stuffed economy, teetering on the edge of the abyss
- he’ll need to formulate a new Regulatory structure that reigns in the free-market model
- regaining the respect of the world
- doing something about climate change
A brave man who takes on this job!