Wednesday, November 05, 2008
The people have spoken
I cannot pretend to be pleased at the result of the presidential election but the people of America have spoken. The fact that they have allowed themselves to be bamboozled by the big media is not an argument against democracy. Look at what we have elected from time to time. At least, it matters in the United States and President Obama is answerable to the people.
For the moment I don't know the exact results across the country and can only hope for the best: not a complete and unstoppable Democrat sweep because it is never a good thing to have one party completely in power.
Nor can one predict what will happen. As one of the forum members has pointed out we, quite literally, know nothing about the new president, who is almost pathological in his secretiveness. What we do know, his political allies and some of his pronouncements, for instance, do not fill one with any great joy. The fact that so many of our Conservatives are rejoicing in very big government win in the United States just indicates where their sympathies lie.
But there is no need to despair. Even President Obama and his minions will not be able to destroy America. The Right in that country, unlike here, will regroup and fight back. He may well over-reach in the first two years and then the Republicans will sweep back into Congress in 2010. I still predict President Palin in 2012. Despite the misogyny of the Left and of much of big media, that barrier will fall as well.
Oh, and by the way, anti-Americanism will revive just as soon as President Obama has to make a decision. As somebody said to me yesterday: just wait till he asks the Europeans to provide more troops in Afghanistan.