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.

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sarcasm

yeah, come on adbusters, trying to provoke discussion about a decision that can effect and change the rest of the world. idiots.

sarcasm

yeah, come on adbusters, trying to provoke discussion about a decision that can effect and change the rest of the world. idiots.

Andrew RVA

Brand Obama or not, this is not a fleecing. I was at the victory party in Chicago, and the overwhelming sentiment of the crowd was one of historic jubilation. The American people, as cliche as it may has become, need hope. To not keep context of what this triumph means for so many of us is to hide behind unflinching discontent. Whereas the next four years of Obama's presidency are up to speculation, the people of the U.S. have denounced the direction this country has taken and shown they're ready for a more equitable future. We, as citizens, should never take politicians at face value, but this has been a cry by the people for historic change. We've proved we maintain hope, and could unite at the polls; and it's up to us, not Obama, to make it happen here, in reality.

Andrew RVA

Brand Obama or not, this is not a fleecing. I was at the victory party in Chicago, and the overwhelming sentiment of the crowd was one of historic jubilation. The American people, as cliche as it may has become, need hope. To not keep context of what this triumph means for so many of us is to hide behind unflinching discontent. Whereas the next four years of Obama's presidency are up to speculation, the people of the U.S. have denounced the direction this country has taken and shown they're ready for a more equitable future. We, as citizens, should never take politicians at face value, but this has been a cry by the people for historic change. We've proved we maintain hope, and could unite at the polls; and it's up to us, not Obama, to make it happen here, in reality.

Cassidy

I honestly don't think it will make much of a difference. Obama may have good intentions, he may not, but the president isn't the real power in the country, the goverment is controlled by the big coorporations, democracy is an illusion. Even if democracy did exist there are too many corrupt people in the white house.

Cassidy

I honestly don't think it will make much of a difference. Obama may have good intentions, he may not, but the president isn't the real power in the country, the goverment is controlled by the big coorporations, democracy is an illusion. Even if democracy did exist there are too many corrupt people in the white house.

Sionainn

Maybe this will have some sort of JFK effect. I'm thinking this: we voted for a guy who apparently wants change, which means that we want change. If we believe that this guy is going to make change, we're mostly likely going to try and help him. Obama might be just the symbol of change rather than the action, but maybe the symbol will get the people moving (in other words, "ask not what your country can do for you-- ask what you can do for your country").

Sionainn

Maybe this will have some sort of JFK effect. I'm thinking this: we voted for a guy who apparently wants change, which means that we want change. If we believe that this guy is going to make change, we're mostly likely going to try and help him. Obama might be just the symbol of change rather than the action, but maybe the symbol will get the people moving (in other words, "ask not what your country can do for you-- ask what you can do for your country").

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