Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Perfect Storm

Barack Obama has made history and is now the first African-American President Elect of the United States of America. Swept up by the combined gales of massive campaign funds, a disgruntled electorate, and the financial crisis, while the media barred any headwinds in his path, he rode the winds unimpeded into the most powerful office in the world. His campaign was well run, and centrist, belying all that his actual record demonstrates. And in their anxiety, clinging to hope, a little more than half of the people in the land bought into his message. As a northerner, I see the results of this election as something akin to driving in a snow storm. When a car hits a patch of ice and slides, an inexperienced driver will instinctively turn the wheel forcefully in the opposite direction, overcompensating, which results in disaster when the car plunges off of the road or into a tree. A fearful electorate has similarly now lurched too far to the left, and we are all stuck with the potentially dire consequences of their actions.

So many questions remain unanswered about Obama, the man, and his campaign. With the Congress now comprised of even more Democrats, and the potential passing of the "Fairness Doctrine", which will effectively shut down all dissenting media, it is doubtful that answers will come soon. One hopes that future generations will bring the truth to light. But for now all we can do is wait and see how Obama governs. With the current state of affairs in the country and the world, he's got a tough row to hoe ahead of him. He will need the backing of all of the citizens of this great land. But he will have to earn it first.

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