616 - lets party and worry about the mess tomorrow
Being a tad pessimistic, I really didn’t think the good voting folk of the USA had it in them to vote for someone half of them would’ve wanted to lynch a couple of decades ago. This is truly monumental and now they’ve overcome the colour issue, hopefully it won’t be a big deal to elect a female president next time.
Oh, not Palin, hopefully she’ll crawl back to waving to Putin across the ditch. Now that really would be a monumental nightmare.
But once the party dies down – and the end of the Bush administration and all those associated with him really does deserve a party like no other, it is just another day tomorrow. All this talk of dreams, change and democracy still make me a little jittery in terms of policy and substance. The country is bankrupt, their national debt is in the trillions, Iraq is a mess and too many Americans still think they are on this earth to fire guns but not pay taxes.
It’s a bloody mess.
And it will take not just one person, regardless of being portrayed as part Martin Luther and part JFK, but a whole team of individuals who are visionary and can convince a nation to not just cast a vote but swallow up real change, whatever that may be.
But really, not a lot has changed – its president-elect ending his victory speech with “God bless America”. Same speech, different face.
Let’s hope there is some real change – that all citizens of the world’s leading superpower have access to free healthcare, social welfare and education. That it can play a mindful role in world politics rather resorting to using its strength to bully lesser nations.
So here’s to “an historic election”, here's to seeing the back of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld – the real axis of evil but lets just realise its another rich politician in power and there is one almighty mess to clean up.