In an outcome which, despite his own claims of it being unlikely, I had begun to view as inevitable, Obama has won the American Presidential election.
Truthfully, I am still inclined to believe that the Republic is largely dead, and that the entire electoral process is now a rigged sham, but even if (or perhaps, especially if) that is true, it makes sense as to why this happened.
For the last two elections, it was possible, however lacking in credibility, to rig Republican victories and still enable them to look narrowly (if only just) legitimate and possible.
In this case, it would not have been, and a Republican victory in this case would have, I suspect, led to widespread domestic rioting, as well as the complete collapse of any residual respect which America might have still had internationally. It was time, for the men in the shadows, to ever so slightly step aside, and give even a hollow impression, that the will of the people had finally been allowed to assert itself.
I read quite a lot of channelled material on a regular basis, and the more recent of it that I have read, has referred to Obama as a saviour, and has been effusive in its' praise of him. I do not share that view.
In asking myself what my reaction to Obama's victory was, I found myself remembering the last scenes of the introductory film for the game Command and Conquer: Red Alert. An old Russian man sitting in a chair, pulls out a pocketwatch, examines it thoughtfully, and says to himself, "Time will tell. Sooner or later, time will tell."
Obama's acceptance speech is filled with attractive words. He emphasises being a family man, and describes how, "Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington — it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston. It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to this cause." However, only the other day I reading something else which referred to him as being a millionaire, so I know this quote is at the very least an exaggeration.
The point is, Senator, the world (and yes, I say the world, not merely domestic America itself) needs much more from you than mere words. It needs deeds. There are a number of things which I am going to need to see from this government, if I am to believe Obama's claim that the democratic process in his country is still functional.
- A new, totally impartial, non-governmental inquiry into the demolition of the World Trade Centre, with the power to cut through the coverup, subpoena whoever is necessary, whether it be government employees, the intelligence community, or whoever else, and the ability to submit and review whatever documentation is relevant, whether it is classified or not.
The world needs to definitively know what happened, and has a right to, and I say the world because, if it does truly come to light that the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan were not responsible, then whatever reparations that can be made to those countries, must be made. Domestically speaking however, it is surely even more important for the families of the victims to know, as well.
- A firm timetable for the American military's departure from Iraq, to occur as rapidly as possible, and for the Iraqi people to claim whatever form of self-determination they can. I suspect that the inevitable result would be that the country would re-merge with, and become a client state of Iran. Nevertheless, that is probably unavoidable at this point, and it should not be used as an excuse to maintain the occupation in my own mind.
- A formal, unequivocal declaration of the end of the criminal farce that has been the Global War on Terror, and a followed through commitment to refrain from embarking on any further wars of imperialist, interventionist foreign aggression.
- The termination of the concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay, and the unconditional release of any inmates who are not charged with specific offenses.
- The total reinstatement of the domestic laws of Posse Comitatus and Habeus Corpus, the repeal of the Patriot Act, and a formal, national reminder given to the police force, the judicial branch, and the intelligence community of the country that their behaviour is now, once again, to be constrained within the parameters of a genuinely democratic society, rather than the fascist nightmare which George W. Bush was moving it towards.
- The immediate arrest and detainment of George Walker Bush, Richard Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld, pending both domestic trial for high treason and gross violation of the Presidential oath to protect the Constitution, and trial for war crimes against numerous countries and individuals before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
- A formal, humble, and heartfelt apology before the United Nations, to the rest of humanity, for the eight year criminal travesty which was the Presidency of George Walker Bush, and a firm undertaking that such criminals will never be allowed to hijack the American Presidency ever again.