Three cheers for Obama and status quo!

Barack Obama is a one lucky guy who happens to be a presidential candidate at a historical juncture when America is transforming fast demographically from mostly a white nation to a more diverse country where women, Hispanics, African Americans and Asians are able to determine the outcome of national elections.

For the first time in the history of American elections a presidential candidate widely supported by the overwhelming majority of white Americans has been defeated. Also for the first time in America, a presidential candidate broadly supported by minorities, youth and women has been elected despite so many odds.

Barack Obama is a one lucky guy who happens to be a presidential candidate at a historical juncture when America is transforming fast demographically from mostly a white nation to a more diverse country where women, Hispanics, African Americans and Asians are able to determine the outcome of national elections.

It is no secret anymore that America has emerged as an extremely divided nation in the aftermath of the 2012 election. While Obama received 51 percent popular votes and his rival Romney 48 percent, the real victory for Obama came from 332 electoral votes as compared to 206 for Romney. Also Democrats have been successful in strengthening their hold on the U.S. Senate while Republicans were able to keep their majority in the House.

Republicans, mostly a party of white, male Americans, have been naively living in a fool’s paradise so far where they failed to see “others” besides themselves. They not only ignored minorities and disadvantaged communities in this election; they provided them enough reasons not to vote for their candidates.

Not being politically savvy, the presidential hopeful Mitt Romney openly said during the election campaign that if he goes to the White House, some Hispanic immigrants will be going back to their countries.

Two other Republican candidates running for Congress Todd Akin from Missouri and Joe Walsh from Illinois also outraged women voters when they justified rape in certain circumstances. Both, consequently, lost the election after these insensitive statements although they were expected to win.

Democrats, on the other hand, embraced women, youth and minorities, even if it was just for the sake of getting their votes. They became the favorite party of marginalized sectors of society as most Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans and Asians voted for them. At the same time they became a favorite party of women and even youth who are victims of widely spread unemployment in the country.

It also looks that about 5 to 8 million Muslims are increasingly becoming a solid voting block in American Elections. A survey of Muslim voters sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported that 85.7 percent of Muslim respondents voted for President Obama and only 4.4 percent voted for the Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

These results also support the findings of a pre-election CAIR survey of 500 Muslim voters that rated jobs and the economy, education, health care policy, Medicare and Social Security, and civil rights as the top issues.

But what does it mean for Republicans and Democrats, the future of politics within the United States and its effects globally? As it appears, although white males will still hold the power structure for a long time to come in the United States, drastic changes in political dynamics are in the offing.

The next four years, however, will tell how real this love affair between the marginalized communities and Democrats will last in terms of accepting them into the folds of political and economic power structures.

For rest of the world, war mongering might take a new turn during the next four years of Obama’s presidency. Shunning the Bush legacy of fighting real wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with marching soldiers, the new Obama era will experience a surge in virtual wars where war games will be mostly played by controlling electronically engineered toys from safe control rooms located thousands of miles away from war zones.

Until recently, drone attacks have been killing more innocent citizens than terrorists in Muslim countries including Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen but chances are these strikes will not be limited to these countries anymore. Despite rising pressure from the UN, NGOs and political activists to stop drone attacks, the new drone technology will be expanding by leaps and bounds in the near future.

However, as over 40 other countries are also working on the drone technology including Iran, China, India and Pakistan, the virtual war will not be limited to the United States only.

As another trend in global politics, America, ready to deal with the growing power of China, will be challenging this new “devil” in the world politically and economically. Giving a new meaning to the “Clash of Civilizations” doctrine, American warships will start sailing soon from the Arabian Sea to China Sea in coming years.

Despite the reality, however, that politics in the U.S. is now divided sharply on ethnic, income, age and gender lines, political gurus expect no big change in the next four years of Obama’s presidency within the United States.

Although Obama was the only choice for progressive voters and minorities in this election, they expect little from a president, who during the last four years, failed in uplifting the economy, introducing new immigration reforms, fully implementing a new healthcare system and creating jobs for the unemployed youth.

Although the current political scenario within the context of a demographic shift might be as astonishing as shocking to some political pundits in the United States, status quo seems to be the fate of majority of Americans for the next four years as they say!

(From Viewpoint Online: http://www.viewpointonline.net/three-cheers-for-obama-and-status-quo.html)

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