An Election to Save Identity & Dignity

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ardeshir Zarei Qanavati

The US presidential election is approaching its momentous days with different opinion polls showing Barack Obama way ahead of his Republican rival.

With his good manners and conciliatory ideas the black Democrat has succeeded in winning the hearts of American voters in recent months and attracted the support of even dissident groups from among eligible voters, including youths, women and independents in this democratic struggle.
However, John McCain, the moralist old man has failed to meet the expectation of the Republican Party despite all the skills he has learned over half a century of political acrobatics in the power structure and despite boasting of the medal of honor he has received as a pilot in the Vietnam War for dropping unconventional bombs and spending five years in captivity in Vietnam.

The trend of US election campaign in the course of high wave of change has most probably determined the fate of the new White House occupant and it seems everyone should prepare for the rule of Democrat Obama. Perhaps for the first time in the past 100 years, the presidential election in the United States has assumed a conceptual nature and enjoys an identity-dignity importance. The reason is that during eight years of the Bush administration, the theoretical position and ethical status of the US in international arena have been misrepresented. Moreover, within the US national structure too major security crises, democratic freedoms, financial situation, escalation of class and social divisions, and decline of welfare government have seriously threatened the voters. Generally, the 2008 election in the US would be different from the previous rounds and for the same reason its actual and sideline consequences would play a fundamental and perhaps determining role in the future of America and the international order.

Efforts by many analysts and politicians through their sophist understanding to complicate the situation in the US election and vindicate Senator McCain by way of mental logic and consider his victory to be in line with their national interests is as unrealistic as the excuse of his being a national hero from the viewpoint of the Vietnamese.

Although the US political structure is too stabilized to speak of a transition period in the country but it does not negate the fact that the distorted credit and identity requires a fundamental reconstruction as demanded by young Obama in his election slogans. Contrary to what is normal in US elections and even in other Western systems, the closer we get to the election day -- instead of a balance in the rivalry -- the wider the scope of the differences between the two candidates becomes. This is a proof that the high wave of change is more unavoidable than any other time. This time the choice is not between two parties or two presidential contenders but between two ideas and approaches towards the political future of the US and international arena. Although it cannot be said for certain what would be the definite outcome of the polls. Perhaps the outbreak of the financial crisis that has afflicted the US and other national structures is one reason that Obama has outstripped McCain. On the other hand, this is a clear reason for revision in the present rightist and neo-liberal attitude towards the market economy in favor of welfare government line of thinking which the Democrats seem to be more interested in today.   

Opinion polls conducted in Europe recently show very well the gap in the extent of support voiced by the people for the two US presidential candidates so much so that Western Liberalism is casting off and the neo-liberalism imposed on the international order over the past two decades by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan is invalidated.

The November 4 presidential polls can be unique under the new situation in the United States not because Obama would win again McCain but because it carries a new message and offers a new approach concerning change in the present US policies inside the country and revision in its unipolar policy outside the country.

Undoubtedly, in view of the repercussions of Washington’s unipolar policies over the past decade which has brought about war in Afghanistan and Iraq and numerous other crises in many geopolitical spheres, and also the financial crisis which has questioned the credit of the economic system of neo-liberalism under the US leadership, the outcome of the elections would be very significant in shaping the new international order and present divisions within the American national structure.

McCain belongs to a past which is expired and its invalidity has been proven. But Obama within the US liberal structure offers new thoughts to reconstruct the distorted face and confused bunkers in the US. The current Obama wave, before having anything to do with the usual presidential campaign, relates to the need and inevitable requirement for change at this juncture of time. Objectively, Obama strengthens the human rights scale of Washington’s political structure against the hegemonic scale considered by the Neo-Cons supporting McCain. Consequently the extent of impact on other geopolitical spheres in the future would be shown on this very line.


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