Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My take on the election

I've been thinking a lot about the election and it's meaning for the country in the past week or so. I've decided a couple things:
  1. It's healthy and good that we have elected a black man to the Presidency. I would rather it had been Colin Powell back in '96, but nevermind.
  2. The major political parties no longer believe that America IS a great country. They either believe that America WAS a great country, but is now troubled (the conservative vision) or they believe that America WILL BE a great country once they get done "fixing" it (the liberal/progressive vision). But America, for all her flaws, is still the greatest country the world has seen for at least 200 years, and possibly longer. Where are the politicians that have the same conviction?


Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Ahhhh, Joe, don't be like the media; Obama is NOT a black man. He is biracial. He could just as well be called a white man. And that was one of the problems with this whole election was that he was (and still is) promoted only as a black man and now as the first black president. But until we have a person with both parents being black, he is still not our first one.

Anonymous said...

The one guy that talked about America still being a great country in this election lost to McCain for the RNC's nomination.

I agree with you, its still a great country. Hopefully, all the "fixing" doesn't ruin it.

The Bullhorn said...


I disagree. As Michael Barone says, like it or not, our country has always abided by the "one drop" rule. Plus, his whole campaign and both of his memoirs are about finding an authentic black identity (Hence, Dreams From My Father...). Regardless, I think it's one healthy development in the election. It's good for our country to "Move On" (as they say), beyond the tired racial politics of the past and forward into a future where it really IS true that ANYONE can grow up to be president. And if Obama's election Mean's anything, it surely means that, amen?

The Bullhorn said...


I agree. It's still a great country, and I hope it's not damaged beyond fixing when this year's crop of fixers get done with it. I'm just tired of hearing about all the difficulties. I want to hear about how we move beyond and through our issues, not belabor them endlessly.