And so one more long American nightmare has ended and Barrack Obama has been elected President of the United States. For a lot of the older folks in America, this is one of those I never thought I’d live to see it moments. For me, well, Barrack is one more slick politician-and one more nice guy that will likely be chewed up by a Government that really doesn’t like nice guys.
Yes, Minister was a brilliant BritCom about a man who won a seat in the British House of Commons and then found out that he really couldn’t do anything he promised to do in his campaigning. All the power in Government is in the hands of the Permanent Staff of that Government, not the people who wander through after an election. He becomes Prime Minister, and it was the prime job of the Civil Servants to keep him busy with paper pushing so he doesn’t do any real harm. I wonder where the Civil Servants were hiding when George Bush was grabbing all the power in the world for himself?
Still, it is a bright new day and there is some hope that Barrack Obama will bring Change-of course, what kind of Change has always been an open question. I have never really cared about the race issue, and I don’t think Obama winning puts an end to The Civil Rights era-if passing a zillion anti-discrimination laws thirty years ago didn’t end it. There will always be people who look for any excuse for why they are not rich and famous. Race is as good a reason as any. It just may not fly as well as it once did.
I wish all the best to President Obama, he has to be better than President Bush-but then, open revolt in the streets would be better than President Bush.