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The Czech People Thank Americans

Barack ObamaI’ve heard from many Czech friends, students, colleagues. They have big smiles on their faces. They seem to be as proud or more so than myself at the USA’s election of Obama, and its return to reason, care for the world, and willingness to work with the other side. Given how Republicans treated Democrats in the federal government during Bush’s catastrophic, currupt and criminal administration, the urge for Democrats is to ignore Rightists, conservatives, and Republican lawmakers specifically. They deserve this treatment, as a point of fact. But America and Americans and the world in general do not deserve this. Both sides need to work … not for “compromise” as this word has taken on a sinister and pejorative meaning … but work to put this country back together and give people a chance to succeed again.

For my part, I’m going to hold the Democratic Congress and Obama to a higher standard, because they have a large majority  and with that majority comes responsibility (and because they’re just smarter people than the last administration’s participants). I suspect Republicans to begin campaigning for 2012 today … first with attacks against Obama’s abilities and everything petty they’ll do, such as they always to, and then segue into doing all within their power to ruin good legislation. It’s simply in their nature. It’s historical; and it’s pathological. But that does not relinquish responsibility among the Democrats to make things happen anyway.

America has seen its best economic times under Democratic administrations. Each Republican administration in my lifetime has begun with secrecy, subterfuge, and nastiness against the other side and Americans in general, and each has ended in failure, disgrace, criminal corruption, and further ruination of the United States. The larger question, over time, and which must even be asked on this historic day — the return to the White House of someone who can successfully string two sentences together, at the very least — is the question Will America and Americans ever be fooled into voting for Republican government again? The legacies of Nixon (resigned), Reagan (bloodlust murderer of countless Latin Americans), Bush I (instigated Saddam Hussein into invading Kuwait and thus beginning Gulf War I), and Bush II (criminal invasion and occupation of a foreign country) are poor legacies for leaders, much less leaders of the United States, the bastion of Democracy on this planet of ours.


  mlbeyer wrote @ November 5th, 2008 at 5:42 pm

The reaction was beautiful among the college democrats when he won-everyone cheered and embraced each other, full of kinship, relief and pride. Hopefully this will last and be something that solves our most important problems here in the US. I love you, and if you were here I would be smiling and embracing you as well!

  ClaireMargaret wrote @ November 9th, 2008 at 7:07 pm

What a wonderful reaction you describe in this opening paragraph, and your insight into America’s political plight is right on target. Isn’t it great to have such a warm, moving President Elect . Thank you for this superb input. We are very proud of you.

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