The Maturity of the US

فوزى فراج في الجمعة 07 نوفمبر 2008


not not running on (I am a Black man) agenda. He was running on a platform of personal responsibility, not crying for injustices against blacks, but for blacks to be responsible for their actions, and that separated him from the others. My interest in him lead me to try to find out about him, and to my surprise and pleasure, I found him to be highly educated, to be one who sacrificed a lot, to be at a disadvantage since his birth, to be self made successful individual who earned everything that he acquired. I could not do anything but support his candidacy, despite my Republican affiliation.
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All through the primaries, and every time I listened to him or see him on TV, I was convinced that I could not vote for anyone else.

I wrote an article in mid July that was posted here and on other sites on the net, it was written prior to the DNC convention, and prior to nominating him the Democratic party’s candidate, prior to the selection his VP , prior the collapse of wall street and the banking industry…etc, in this article I predicted few things and I leave it up to you to make your own judgment about its accuracy, here is one paragraph from the article titled” a win for McCain is a win for Ben Laden”

Therefore, while I predict that Obama will win this election, and by a very comfortable margin, despite all the pundits predictions of a very close election, and despite all the polls that show a dead heat, all indicators points to the desire and need of the American people to have a major change or overhaul in the course this country is taking. The economy is a major factor, and whatever the congress and the white house try to do to improve it and turn it around, there is no way they will, the combination of inflation due to the oil prices, that impacted all other prices specially food , a higher unemployment, the problems with the banking industry, the airlines, the housing and real estate slowdown, the deflation of the values of homes, the foreclosures and bankruptcies, the skyrocketed heath care expenses ……and the list goes on, many of these problems are happening in a new way that is unprecedented in this country, where the remedy of one problem complicates the other. The American citizens for the first time in their life if they are 60 years and younger, have never seen or experienced before, on the top of that they still have a very unpopular war in Iraq, there is no way the independent voter –who will decide this election - will vote for the continuation of the same policies, and McCain will never be able to dissociate himself from these policies of Bush regardless of how much he tries, simply because they are very similar.

Obama ran a unique and outstanding campaign, financed to the last dollar by contributions from the voters, therefore he owes no one anything, unlike all the previous presidents, who won the Whitehouse, but had to pay back all those who helped them get there, be it special interest or lobbyists, Obama on the other hand owes all to the voters, so it is more likely that he will govern with this in mind. Not to mention that he, as the first black president, will do all he can to make sure that his legacy is that of a great president not a mediocre one.

Now that he has been elected to lead this nation, there was a sigh of relief not just in the US, but all over the world, he had more support abroad than right here in the US, the entire world resented the Bush administration, resented the unilateral actions and decisions, resented the way they dealt with rest of the world as if they owned it. But now it is not the end of the line, it was not the goal just to elect Obama and all the world’s problem will be resolved, it is only the beginning, the task ahead is gigantic, the problems resulting from the foolish and misguided policies of the Bush administration are incalculable, the hole they dug is so deep, and it will take tremendous work on everyone’s part to resolve. The economy is as close to depression as it can get, the health care system is broken, the housing foreclosures is at a record high, the unemployment is the highest in the past 18 years and mounting, the education ,environment, deficits, energy, require immediate attention, not one indicator seems to be in a positive territory, add to that the Us is involved in not just one but two wars that are being fought longer than world war two, a crisis looming in the middle east around Iran’s nuclear programs, and of course the Palestinian Israeli conflict and peace talks that has been stalled, on top of all of that, the creditability of the US that has been shattered in the eyes of the international community, that is what Obama fought for, and that is what he got by winning this election.

George W Bush will go in the history of the US as one of, if not THE worse president, he inherited form Clinton an economy with surplus, and he is leaving the Whitehouse in a couple of month with a mountain of problems that it will take an act of God to resolve, but on the bright side, if he did not run this country to the ground, Obama may have not had a chance to be elected, and to make history, to bring this country to maturity.

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1   تعليق بواسطة   محمود دويكات     في   السبت 08 نوفمبر 2008
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Early to judge

or so as I see it. I wouldnot call it "maturity" of The states, but rather being pushed by specific motives and needs (mostly economical). If you look at the election results, you see that the population almost voted 50%-50% for both McCain and Obama, and it is the electoral system that is built into the American election system that have helped obama gain success in the final outcome (160ish mccain  to 360ish for obama).  But anyway, i agree with you that this man was far alot more organized and focused than his rival, and i hope that the coming days will prove more of this "maturity" of the US.



2   تعليق بواسطة   فوزى فراج     في   السبت 08 نوفمبر 2008
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But of course


it is too early to tell; the man had not been to the White house yet, much less make a single decision.


The electoral votes is the system to win or lose, it is no secret for either candidate, Obama did not only win that with a 2 to 1 margin, which is quite impressive for some one who has been in the public arena for less than one term in the senate, against a so-called war hero, with 26 years in the senate, not to mention Obama’s handicap as non-white with a middle name such as his, he also won the popular vote by a healthy 7%, it was not 50, 50 as you thought.


At any rate,  doI take it from your skepticism that you would not have said “too early “had it been McCain!!


 

3   تعليق بواسطة   محمود دويكات     في   السبت 08 نوفمبر 2008
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The article

talks primarily about the "maturity" of the american states, or its people. And it could be true that the outcome of the elections showed that the american people have grown in their political view of the issues in the world, but still, the results also indicated that it was not as one had wish for after the series of silly mistakes and misuse of power by the Republican leaders. I wanted to say that almost half the population are still aligned with the views adopted by McCain and Bush. If MaCain had won,i would not say too early, because that man had clear agenda towards the others in this world. However,Obama vowed for reforming and fixing the economy inside, and we are not sure how he will fix the situation outside the states (especially Palestine and Israel), but we yetr have to see how he will solve it (if he is gonna solve it at all).


4   تعليق بواسطة   فوزى فراج     في   السبت 08 نوفمبر 2008
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precisely

Precisely, the article was about the maturity of the American people, to live to their “advertised “values of freedom, and equality, that every man is created equal, that there’s is a color blind society. Something that has never happened in the political circles, especially the office of the president. And now that a majority of the American voters, both the popular with about eight million voters, and the electoral by a 2 to 1 margin, voted for a black man to lead the country, that is what I called without any hesitation, maturity.


 

He, Obama, as we all know, inherited from Bush much more problems than Reagan from Carter, and if this was a corporation, it would have been impossible to find another CEO to take it over from a CEO who managed to run it to the ground, but he fought for it and got it, and it is all his to fix.


 

If anyone is looking for a magic solution, that things will be fixed overnight, then they will be disappointed, as the roots of the problems are deep, it took eight years to create this mess, building things is far more difficult than breaking them.


 

By the way, the vast majority of the American voters did not go to poll thinking about Israel and the Palestinians, an issue that is dear may be to you and me, but do you really expect him to fix just like that!!! , a problem that has been going on more than half a century, and has been tackled by many presidents in the past, the most one can hope for is a serious engagement with all parties in the middle east to reach a comprehensive fair and just solution to the problem with a realistic view to the facts on the ground.


5   تعليق بواسطة   عمرو اسماعيل     في   السبت 08 نوفمبر 2008
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It is only Politics

I watched the primary debates with friends and predicted that this young man will make a surprise though all of them opposed me. He is definitely an eloquent speaker, well educated and and intelligent, but  the folowing debates showed that he has promises rather than a detailed plan as that of hillary clinton. The slogan of change along with his charisma  and Yes we can, were appeling to many including the Democratic Party leaders who saw an opportunity to use him to control Washington, both the presidency and the congress mathematically. By getting the vast majority of the 13% of  black voters,( they got 95%) of these in fact, along with majority of of others minorities including latino and moslem americans,. These  millions of voters explain the 6 millions more Obama got in the popular votes more than McCain.  With Good planning and more funding, they could get double the electoral vote. Bottom line, the democratic Party used Obma and sacrificed Clinton to gurantee the black votes, Race was used effectively , it is not rebirth nor maturation, It is only Politics. But the problem, although I agree with most of the Agenda of the democratic party apart from abortion rights, is the political use of race may fireback and the Obama factor may fireback, he is having an identity problem and his choice of the killer man Rahmo who has a similar problem is a good clue to his character.


I hope he proves me wrong not only for America but also for the rest of the world


He made a lot of promises he can not keep, the best exaple is pulling back troops from Iraq, it is not in his hands and again the best clue is Rahm Emanuel




It is not rebirth or Maturation, it is rather well planned Politics




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6   تعليق بواسطة   فوزى فراج     في   السبت 08 نوفمبر 2008
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Cynicism will not change a thing

I am always reminded of those who cannot see the forest for the trees.


 

Obama was elected the president of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, not the united states of ARABIA; the voters were the citizens of the USA not the citizens of Egypt, Syria or North Africa. His obligations and commitment are first and foremost to the people of the country that he was elected to serve, not to those who cannot even help themselves, those who accept tyranny and dictatorships and sing all the praise for their leaders and the sons of their leaders who will inherit the presidency as if the country and its people had become their own farm to do with it as they damn well please, but then turn around and criticize the democratic process in the US which by far the
best there is on the face of this earth.


 

Whether it is “maturity” as I called it, or “Rebirth” as Awni called it, it is a step in the right direction in the history of freedom and equality of this nation, you can call it whatever you want, and that is not going to really change anything. Cynicism will not take away any thing of the great and unparalleled achievement of this man, either on a personal or national level; neither will take away anything of this nation’s leap to the twenty first century as a leader in freedom, democracy and equality, not one bit.


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