5 Nov 2008
Obama: The world is different?
I've just read Dr Lawson's blog re Obama - worth a read - and if you haven't heard Obama's full victory speech then listen - good stuff! Even McCain's losing speech makes you feel like the world has become a better place overnight.
Of course there are serious doubts about just how much change the democrats and Obama can or will deliver. But there is a real change today is in the 'hearts and minds' of people in the US and around the world. It is about hope for a better future - some restoration of faith in democracy and possibly even a government "of the people, by the people and for the people" as Obama promises.
Like Dr Lawson in his blog I was reminded of the day in May 1997 when Tony Blair was elected. So much hope from a young, good speaker, apparently a man of the people yet look what he became. Let us hope Obama has more depth - he appears to in the glare of the world's media - but also let us not be too taken in by Obama - he is, for example, positively hawkish on Afghanistan and as noted before on this blog there are other areas of concern.
So far the latest I've seen is Greens and McKinney (pic above) have 141,000 votes - ie 0.1% - see more here. Indeed all the other Presidential hopefuls were squeezed. Must dash - a bonfire to attend to commemorate a guy who wanted to blow up Westminister.....then a local Green party monthly meeting...