Le Droit, Canada
Barack Obama’s Victory: When Strength Unites
By Claude Beauregard
Current leaders will have to grasp that in a few years their country will be composed of several minorities: White, Asian, Hispanic and African-American. Not understanding that is suicide.
Translated By Louis Standish
29 November 2012
Edited by Lauren Gerken
Canada - Le Droit - Original Article (French)
The American Elections Have Been Interesting from More Than One Point Of View
The entire planet was fascinated by the duel between the two men that polarized public opinion. The values supported by Democrats and Republicans were polar opposites of each other. Most people who closely followed this presidential campaign pointed out the existence of a sociological rift between the parties.
Mitt Romney’s defeat is easily explained by his incomprehension of the changes transforming his country. The Republican’s electoral base rests on the “old white male” whose ideas are no longer shared by the rest of society.
The Republicans alienated women and the young with their stagnant position on abortion and contraception. Their repressive politics regarding immigration turned off Latinos. Homosexuals hardly appreciated the Republican objection to marriage between two people of the same sex. The African-American electorate had been appalled by Donald Trump’s attitude as he continued to question Barack Obama's nationality.
And don’t forget Mitt Romney’s words affirming that 47 percent of Americans are on assistance… That’s certainly not the way to win an election!
The Democrats did the complete opposite. Instead of “divide and conquer,” they knew how to put the phrase “unity in strength” into practice.
Barack Obama’s victory speech was intended to unify. Only a Democratic president could say these words: “I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or who you love. It doesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you're willing to try.”
The leaders of the Republican party should read this speech, which, without a doubt, could inspire them. Current leaders will have to grasp that in a few years their country will be composed of several minorities: White, Asian, Hispanic and African-American. Not understanding that is suicide.
At the international level, luck would have it that the American elections took place a few days before the 18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, where the new leaders who will take the reigns of the Middle Empire were designated.
Two powers, two ways to choose political leaders. Chinese Internet users who followed the American elections closely were probably enthralled by a political system that wants citizens to choose their leaders freely.
In democracy, universal suffrage allows individuals of all social classes to collectively model their future.
That’s the beauty of voting: Everyone is equal when the time comes to make a choice.
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