Just a few minutes ago, John McCain conceded the election, making Barack Obama the first African-American in history to be elected to the highest office in the land. And from what I’ve seen so far of the Congressional races, it appears he will have more than enough votes in both the House and Senate to implement his promised changes in YUS policies at home and overseas.
This is, without saying, the most historic election in US history and will do much to repair our trnished image around the world. As I said in my post yesterday, only time will tell how significant this election will be in the long run If Obama servers two full terms, his Presidency could result in a major re-shaping of the American political landscape for a long time to come.
Two voting trends that, to me at least. were especialy inportant were:
1. Although McCain carried just about every state in the South, the Bible Belt, the political stonghold of the fundamentalists, their support was not enough to elect McCain, and, in fact, I think that their influence in American politics suffered a severe defeat today. Goodnews, if you ask me.
2. In the exit polls, it appers that the age group that showed the highest level of support for Obama and his message of change were the youngest voters, those under 30. They ignored sie issues like race and religion, instead voting for the future of this country. That gives me a measure of hope. I only hope that they can avoid the cynicism and the materialism that my generation – the idealists of 1968 – succumbed to in the last 40 years.
I’ll be back in a couple of days, after the dust has settled, with a more detailed look at today’s historic election. Until then, peace.