Election Postscript: Looking At What Might Have Been …

…. the United States, the richest and mightiest nation on the planet!

The 2008 presidential election is over yet a great number of incredulous Americans are still rubbing their eyes to believe that an African-American with an obscure beginning could become the most powerful person on the planet!

Thousands of celebrants attending Obama’s victory speech at Grant Park, Chicago , Illinois – an incredulous roaring crowd … an extremely overjoyed horde of Obama fans — attested to that reality. In the cold of night, they danced their heart out till dawn.

National television cameras caught the faces of Jesse Jackson and Oprah among the multitude of celebrants, drenched with tears as they listened to Obama’s victory-thank-you speech. They did not only admire the Senator from Chicago but also helped him find his way up to that stage where he thanked his thousands of supporters for the long and tedious campaign they have endured months before.

Moments earlier, a group of black young women were delirious when Obama climbed up the stage. It was past midnight and they were there from 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to get a better view of Obama, and perhaps to touch him if he was real or just a dream standing there in a starless night.

One of these pretty young African-American women in the victory gathering in Chicago I just mentioned was asked in an interview [either by a Fox News or MSNBC correspondent – it doesn’t matter, they are all the same] what this event meant to her, and she replied with misty eyes that it was a life-defining moment to her to see a black young man elected president of the United States.

Asked why it was a life-defining moment to her and why she was in tears, she proudly explained that she was incredulously happy because Obama is president and she would no longer have to pay her mortgage, and that she would have money to pay the rising cost of gasoline and healthcare. It was on national television! [Check this out in your video, recorded from your TV screen, Nov. 4, 2008.]

Obviously, Obama’s wealth redistribution economics did resonate across the land. It had filtered down to the grassroots. Obama votes came in, like a pouring rain. Millions of “poor Americans” simply thought that when Obama redistributes the wealth of the land, they will have a lion’s share!

The flag-waving women of school age dancing to the rhythm of the blaring background music, came to Chicago ’s Grant Park from another state. In the polls, young first-time voters comprised about 17% [or thereabout] of the “undecided” in the battleground states. Most of them if not all, voted for Obama.

Back to voodoo economics, they didn’t mind the Joe the Plumber television ad that sliced into Obama’s early lead because he was a businessman and they thought unlike them, he is rich and will always be rich. To even up the slate, as if they expect to receive a regular check once Obama mangles the hard-earned income of the 5% rich and redistribute the “surplus” to them in a regular basis. If that was socialism, it sounded good. The abyss of change, is unseen.

Think about it … didn’t ignorance elect Obama president? Just curious!

But the election was actually decided by Hate versus Fear of the people. The main events that conspired to defeat McCain are among others, the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the cost of which had become intolerable, and even more costly in terms of casualties and war funding.

Nonetheless, here is purging the record straight for posterity: The running notion that Bush lied for the invasion of Iraq to put an end to Saddam Hussein’s terror and defiant harboring of terrorists being trained to attack America, was baloney … a ploy, a trick! Bush’s accusers that he lied are actually the ones lying. Their accusations of falsehood had in time became the “truth” millions of Americans believed in. It was not a wrong war … it was a correct war with 75%-95% highest approval ratings both in Congress and in the streets of America in the wake of 9/11. If Bush didn’t do it, terrorist attacks would have surged, and you and I are now six feet below the ground. Just think about it is all I ask. I leave you to your conscience.

Even Liberal stalwarts like Sen. Hilary Clinton, voted for it, then later on declared the war illegal when it became unpopular. Opportunists always have their day when opportunity presents itself. First to grab when it appears, and first to opt out if popularity starts to sour, the light on stage fading, and disappears.

The war became unpopular when strong enemy resistance in the Middle East turned Iraq into a long and protracted engagement and casualties started to count in and resources started to drain. When the economy is souring it tastes like vinegar to Americans who couldn’t pay their mortgage, disapproval of the war in Iraq turned into intense hate of the Bush administration. Its negative impact on the presidential election that concluded its trail on November 4, 2008 was mind-boggling! Obama is just ornamental to this scenario of conspiring events.

These are all there is to it about the war in Iraq and opportunists played their game around it to discredit Bush for their 2008 presidential agenda or for their profiteering private enterprise. Publishing a book of fiction about Bush and the war in Iraq is one of them. As if the nation missed to thank this out-going president who didn’t mind absorbing all the blows thrown to his face to see to it that we are all safe from terrorist attacks up to this day. We should light a candle for ingrates!

Notice that in the campaign trail, all what Obama and his entourage did was just blame their problems on Republicans like John McCain, and voters, especially millions of the “undecided” bought it in a hot bargain sale at Mervin that’s going broke.

America was hurting. There is no doubt about it. Even if Obama lied by pointing a finger to McCain as the cause of their troubles, the people were so angry they could not hear the lie of a kicking donkey or the incongruity of a glib socialist. All the people want is change … even just a promise of deliverance from the rising cost of gasoline and health insurance. [Note that prices of gasoline are now going down. Jacking them up before the election has served its purpose.]

Against the backlash of this hate syndrome that enveloped the land, over 60% of Americans fear terror would strike again if Obama is elected president. If voters were driven by this fear at the moment they finally decided to vote, they would have voted for McCain because they believed McCain was experienced and more dependable than Obama. But they were not “guided” by the McCain campaign towards that end.

To people who are enraged, national security is the last thing they would care about. Fear flies out of the window when one is mad about something. But if they are shown the abyss into which they are to fall, it could have stopped this anti-Bush madness from taking over.

I would like to stress this point more clearly: When one is stricken with anguish and convulsing with disgust and aversion, fear has no space in the heart and mind of the hateful. In fact it was bad feelings and raw hate of the average American against the eight years of the Bush administration that propelled Obama’s electoral landslide over McCain. There was no issue of right or wrong on Bush about the invasion of Iraq , to be honest. It was just plain madness.

Had McCain been able to harness this anger and bounce it back to Obama by redirecting the attention of the public to Obama’s “unsavory” past, McCain and Palin would have been the ones taking their oath of office as president and vice president of the United States , respectively, come January 2009.

What might have been is history less tragic! #

© Copyright Edwin A. Sumcad. NWS access November 07, 2008.

The writer is an award-winning journalist. Go to NWS homepage, click on the columnist button to know more about the author or you may e-mail your comment at ed.superx722@yahoo.com.sg

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