New President

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Well we have a new president. I can’t really say it makes me happy or upset. I didn’t vote, mainly because I don’t like either candidate and I didn’t think either of them would really help America. I couldn’t bring myself to voting for the lesser of two evils.

During one of my history lessons my professor began listing the reasons why the 1917 Revolution was a success. One of the biggest reasons was that, at the time, the Russian people felt that they needed a drastic change from the monarchy that they had been living under for hundreds of years. The communist party was the “change” that was needed. My professor stated after that, “I don’t know where you people got the idea that change was always for the better. The Russian people have learned since then that change is very rarely a positive thing.” I agree that America needs change, I just don’t know if the American people truly know what changes are needed and how to get those changes done. I personally feel that Obama got lucky and had a very smart marketing team when they chose that slogan.

For the short term I think Obama is what the country needed. No so much because I think he will help our country drastically, but more because, by his winning, he has put some faith back into the American people. People came out in record numbers to vote and they’ve seen that they actually can get things done when they make a strong effort and fight for what they want. I feel like if Obama had lost there were be a lot of disgruntled young Americans that would be extremely turned off by the entire governmental process and share that with the generations to come. While I’m not sure the majority of the American youth really know what they are rallying about, I’m glad that they are least being passionate about something. At least if things do not work out in the future they will know that they can change it again… hopefully.

As for the long term I honestly can’t say where I think this country is going. I hope it’s going to get better.

It is very interesting to see how people in the states are reacting to Obama’s election. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been in Russia for the past two and a half months or if I’m just too pessimistic to believe everything I hear but I feel as though some people think we just elected a God to the presidency. I’m worried that people are expecting too much from one man. He is human. And he is a politician. Let’s keep that in mind before we start building any monuments. I’m just worried that there are a lot of people that simply got swept up in the emotion and excitement that came with his campaign and haven’t really taken the time to look at what he stands for and what he would like to do with the country. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think McCain would have been any better for our country at this point in time, but I just hope people know what they have elected.

I know I’m a pessimist but I will try to hope for the best in the next four years. Yes we have a new president. No, America will not be magically healed of all it’s wounds. And hopefully the change we will get with this new administration will be change for the better… not the Russian kind of change.

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