The Big Ideas of 2009

The Rebirth of American Democracy

Obama's victory makes possible a radical change of direction. Our readers weigh in on where they think America is headed.

He will inherit one hell of a mess: a ruined economy, failing military efforts abroad, and a mounting environmental crisis. As the people of the world celebrate Obama’s historic victory, we’d like to hear from you. Does Obama’s election represent the rebirth of American democracy and will he be able to overcome the daunting challenges ahead? Comment below.

Credit: Obama/Lincoln Illustration: Ron English

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Chriv'

Hah. This 'Bothrops' character says "..I swore off politics. It is too depressing. It is too depressing to know the truth. I got rid of all my political books/magazines, deleted my blogs, and stopped visiting my favorite political sites...right now I am just going to enjoy life and stop being depressed about something I can’t change by myself". To you,'Bothrops', that is the most rediculous thing i've ever heard. So politics, and the truth is depressing? Take it. Becoming a complete ignoramous is not the solution to your complete lack of integrity or resiliance. To some extent i agree that "ignorance is bliss", but you really can't turn back on knowlege. People like you, people who enjoy life mindlessly/ignorantly are the reasons politicians are unaccountable and why the system of propaganda prevails..It's the powerful people in this world who want you to give up and who want to make America a nation of thoughtless sheep.

Chriv'

Hah. This 'Bothrops' character says "..I swore off politics. It is too depressing. It is too depressing to know the truth. I got rid of all my political books/magazines, deleted my blogs, and stopped visiting my favorite political sites...right now I am just going to enjoy life and stop being depressed about something I can’t change by myself". To you,'Bothrops', that is the most rediculous thing i've ever heard. So politics, and the truth is depressing? Take it. Becoming a complete ignoramous is not the solution to your complete lack of integrity or resiliance. To some extent i agree that "ignorance is bliss", but you really can't turn back on knowlege. People like you, people who enjoy life mindlessly/ignorantly are the reasons politicians are unaccountable and why the system of propaganda prevails..It's the powerful people in this world who want you to give up and who want to make America a nation of thoughtless sheep.

ihrgfiegf

This guy knows what he's talking about.. "1) Voted for Fisa bill (destruction of the fourth amendment) 2) Voted for the TARP banking bailout ($700 billion of taxpayer money to prop up disgusting banking institutions) 3) Repeatedly threatened air strikes against pakistan (death of innocent people) 4) Wants American troops in Irag repositioned in Afghanistan (more dead women and children) 5) Kept Robert Gates as Defense Secretary (the guy is a fuckin war criminal. Period.) 6) Appointed monsters like Rahm Emmanuel, Hilary Clinton, Eric Holder to prominent cabinet positions (change? hahaha) Give me a break. Obama does not represent a rebirth of anything. He is a stooge just like Mccain, Bush, Clinton, and the rest of the hacks trying to sell you the same old bull. Just please do me a favour. When Obama doesn’t provide the change you wanted, hold his feet to the fire and don’t justify corruption, death, and taxpayer theft. Democrat or Republican, its two sides of the same coin. Keep the Change, Obama."

ihrgfiegf

This guy knows what he's talking about.. "1) Voted for Fisa bill (destruction of the fourth amendment) 2) Voted for the TARP banking bailout ($700 billion of taxpayer money to prop up disgusting banking institutions) 3) Repeatedly threatened air strikes against pakistan (death of innocent people) 4) Wants American troops in Irag repositioned in Afghanistan (more dead women and children) 5) Kept Robert Gates as Defense Secretary (the guy is a fuckin war criminal. Period.) 6) Appointed monsters like Rahm Emmanuel, Hilary Clinton, Eric Holder to prominent cabinet positions (change? hahaha) Give me a break. Obama does not represent a rebirth of anything. He is a stooge just like Mccain, Bush, Clinton, and the rest of the hacks trying to sell you the same old bull. Just please do me a favour. When Obama doesn’t provide the change you wanted, hold his feet to the fire and don’t justify corruption, death, and taxpayer theft. Democrat or Republican, its two sides of the same coin. Keep the Change, Obama."

jameka

to all those who have something bad to say about obama, why dont you go out there and see if you can fix the world, cause at least he's trying, so dont hate on him, grow up and realize that just cause he is black doesnt mean he cant fix anything. who messed it up? he's just one man like all the other presidents, can you at least give him a chance? gosh people these days ready to bad mouth someone cause they're not perfect, no one is.

jameka

to all those who have something bad to say about obama, why dont you go out there and see if you can fix the world, cause at least he's trying, so dont hate on him, grow up and realize that just cause he is black doesnt mean he cant fix anything. who messed it up? he's just one man like all the other presidents, can you at least give him a chance? gosh people these days ready to bad mouth someone cause they're not perfect, no one is.

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