Where is Obama? … Oh, there !
Congrats to American people on the historic presidential election day that the whole world watches with wonder. Even people of the South Asia are more interested in US elections today ignoring a similar democratic exercise in the neighborhood – the Bangladesh polls. Nepali Maoists are especially hopeful that the new US government – hopelfully under President Obama – would work toward removing the terror tag on the Maoists. Whether you vote for Obama or McCain, do ensure that you have adequate control not only on who gets elected, but also over the president in office as well.
The Bush experience proves the sad “democratic” fact that the president of United States of America can enforce policies against the interest & willingness of its own peoples. However, blaming Mr. George Bush alone for all the pitfalls in American form of governance would only be another illusion that American people need to get rid of. The need for systematic & constitutional reforms in American institutions also demands serious attention from American people & their representatives, so that the incumbent president would not ignore the directives of the House of the Representatives.
The primary concern for the American voters always remains the financial one. While Obama may be inspiring a wave of changes in the US, analyst in other parts of the world are less optimistic of any sweeping change in Washington policies regardless of who wins the race for the White House. Not only American invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, but persistent efforts by the US governments to limit the influence of the United Nations are also seen with concern in most parts of the developing world.
Not only the former allies of the US criticize the “War on Terror” & other US policies after the 9/11 attack, many American senators, House of Representatives (H0R) & policy advisers themselves have expressed their concern over the ineffectiveness of the HoR in voicing the public opinion. The recent defection by prominent republican senators & “disillusioned” supporters in favor of Obama against their own party nominations proves that Americans voters in fact have been electing a democratic autocrat who denies listening to the voices of his own people.
The Americans better realize that they can positively influence the whole world by showing a simple example that democracy begins at home.